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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

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2053
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2053, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountryARGENTINA, 1850's, Stagecoach Mail, ARGENTINA, 1850's, Stagecoach MailARGENTINA, 1850's, Stagecoach Mail. Bold blue "Mensagerias Argentinas" blue illustrated stagecoach handstamp with matching "France" in ribbon on folded cover to Buenos Aires, ms. "Botica Frente a/Sto Domingo", clear sharp strike of this rare marking, very slight aging, Very Fine, ex Emerson

E. 300-400
500
2054
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2054, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountryARGENTINA, 1859, Stagecoach Mail, ARGENTINA, 1859, Stagecoach MailARGENTINA, 1859, Stagecoach Mail. Clear strike of handstamp with four-horse stagecoach and "Nuevas Mensagerias Nacionales de Jose Merlino" (Jose Merlino's New National Messenger Service) on back of folded cover from Baradero to Buenos Aires, Very Fine

E. 300-400
325
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2055
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2055, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountryAUSTRIA, 1852, Fumigated Cover from Sarajevo, AUSTRIA, 1852, Fumigated Cover from SarajevoAUSTRIA, 1852, Fumigated Cover from Sarajevo. Folded letter with blue circular Arabic script cancel (Turkish city cancel) used to Brood, the reverse with bold"NETTO DI DENTRO E DI FUORA/CONT.AMT.BROOD" with Austro-Hungarian arms in center, minor soiling on the front side, otherwise Very Fine, choice strike of this rare Brood cancel

E. 300-400
300
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2056
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2056, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountryBOLIVIA, 1856, Tupiza Volcano Handstamp, BOLIVIA, 1856, Tupiza Volcano HandstampBOLIVIA, 1856, Tupiza Volcano Handstamp. Bold detailed strike of red handstamp depicting a condor, llama and volcano and "Franca Tupiza" in negative letters around oval on Jan. 21, 1856 folded cover to Salta, Argentina, Extremely Fine, one of the more elaborate pictorial handstamps used in Latin America

E. 150-200
450
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2057
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2057, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountryCHINA, 1854, "Canton Paid", CHINA, 1854, "Canton Paid"CHINA, 1854, "Canton Paid". Bold red circular handstamp, "Canton 25 OC 1854" backstamp on cover to London, Chinese physician's "chop" on front and back, Hong Kong transit backstamp and red London Paid receiving datestamp (Dec. 27), ms. rate, waterstains, opened for display, still a Fine and attractive example of British Treaty Port mail from China

E. 300-400
475
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2058
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2058, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountryCHINA, 1879, I-Chan Local Cover from Amoy, CHINA, 1879, I-Chan Local Cover from AmoyCHINA, 1879, I-Chan Local Cover from Amoy. Large official cover with three strikes of Amoy Customs House chop on both sides, from the Dept. of Commerce at Amoy to the Amoy Naval Patrol, folded for display, Very Fine

E. 400-500
325
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2059
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2059, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountryCOLOMBIA, 1856-65, Certified Mail, COLOMBIA, 1856-65, Certified MailCOLOMBIA, 1856-65, Certified Mail. Three covers, first two stampless (1856 & 1859) with the "0's" in corners and two-line "Certificacion a Bogata/Salio en" and date, oval "Bogata/Franca" "40" and "25" rates respectively, and a very rare large 50c Certification stamp affixed to an 1865 folded cover, the stamp is multicolored and features a Colombian Flag, framed denominations, address area, etc., minor margin nick, still a Fine lot, this 50c stamp, along with several others were once accorded spaces in 19th Century albums and presumably had catalog listings

E. 500-750
425
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2060
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2060, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by Country1759-1813, French Military Markings, 1759-1813, French Military Markings1759-1813, French Military Markings. Four folded letters, incl. 1759 "Armee de Corse" from Corsica, 1808 "L'Admneur Pal. de Toscane" from Tuscany, 1812 "Bau. Gal. Armee de Portugal" from Rio Seco (4th Division, Army of Portugal) with disinfection slit, and 1813 "Arm. de Catalogne/Place de Figuieres" from Spain with disinfection stains, Fine strikes, scarce group

E. 200-300
475
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2061
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1761-1816, La Petite Poste de Paris. Four folded covers with different Petite Post markings, incl. 1761, 1762, 1765 (Louis XV period) with date, station and collection handstamps, 1816 with "Petite-Post Bordeaux" framed handstamp for local delivery, Very Fine group

E. 150-200
250
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2062
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2062, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by Country1788, "Bourbon Post Free", 1788, "Bourbon Post Free"1788, "Bourbon Post Free". Bold oval handstamp and underinked "La Rochelle" straightline on July 1788 folded letter, Very Fine and scarce, ex Faulstich

E. 150-200
2,400
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2063
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2063, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by Country1830-32, French Army in Algeria, 1830-32, French Army in Algeria1830-32, French Army in Algeria. "A ARMEE EXPEDre. D'AFRIQUE" handstamp in three lines on two folded letters to France from Algeria, 1830 and 1832, ms. rates, the first with good contents (in French), discusses the beginning of civility in the country and a grand ball to which all of the women of Algiers were invited, etc., the other disinfected mail with rastel type punch holes and indistinct "Purifiee a Marseilles" handstamp on back, this cover with some slight edge wear, otherwise Very Fine

E. 150-200
250
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2064
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2064, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountryGERMAN STATES (THURN & TAXIS), 1817, Late "Cito" Letter, GERMAN STATES (THURN & TAXIS), 1817, Late "Cito" LetterGERMAN STATES (THURN & TAXIS), 1817, Late "Cito" Letter. Ms. "Cito" (haste) endorsement and registry number on folded letter with "R.3.Feughtwang/27 Nov. 1817" two-line Thurn & Taxis datestamp, Very Fine, unusual late use of "Cito"

E. 150-200
170
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2065
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2065, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by Country1661, First-Year Use of London Bishop's Mark on Letter from Ireland to London, 1661, First-Year Use of London Bishop's Mark on Letter from Ireland to London1661, First-Year Use of London Bishop's Mark on Letter from Ireland to London. Folded letter datelined "Dublin, November 29, 1661" to London, "DE/7" Bishop's receiving mark, slight wear along folds, otherwise Very Fine, the first type of British postmark was introduced in 1661, at the London Chief Office, when Henry Bishop was Postmaster General (June 1660 to April 1663) -- when refuting charges of delays in the post, he claimed: "A stamp is invented, that is putt upon every letter shewing the day of the moneth that every letter comes to this office, so that no letter Carryer may dare to detayne a letter from post to post ; which, before, was usual." (source: www.home.gil.com.au/~ears/bishop.html)

E. 750-1,000
3,500
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2066
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2066, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by Country1667-97, London Bishop's Mark, 1667-97, London Bishop's Mark1667-97, London Bishop's Mark. Two folded letters, each with Bishop's mark used as a receiving datestamp on backflap, "MA/17" (May 17, 1667) and "DE/1" (Dec. 1, 1697) , Very Fine

E. 200-300
450
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2067
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2067, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by Country1670-75, London "Franches" Foreign Branch Handstamp, 1670-75, London "Franches" Foreign Branch Handstamp1670-75, London "Franches" Foreign Branch Handstamp. Three folded letters from London to Livorno, each with "Franches" circular handstamp applied by Foreign Branch of London Post Office, incl. Ty. 2 handstamp on two 1670 letters (Christie's Robson Lowe 10/30/1984 sale, lots 579 ex and 580) and clear strike of Ty. 6 on 1675 letter (same sale, lot 583), two have seals intact (one with cord), some faint stains (possibly from disinfection), otherwise Fine, desirable and scarce early foreign-mail markings of Great Britain

E. 500-750
425
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2068
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2068, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by Countryca. 1780's, London "Dockwra" Handstamp, ca. 1780's, London "Dockwra" Handstampca. 1780's, London "Dockwra" Handstamp. "Penny Post Paid/W/MO" (Westminster depot, Monday) government-type triangular handstamp and small circular "1/O'Clock T" datestamp on back of folded cover to Chamery Lane, mostly clear strikes, Very Fine, this version of the famous "Dockwra" handstamp was used from 1752 to 1794, the original "Dockwra" is one of the first handstamps in the world to denote prepayment of postage at a uniform fee

E. 300-400
425
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2069
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2069, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountryINDIA, 1837, Waghorn's Overland Route, INDIA, 1837, Waghorn's Overland RouteINDIA, 1837, Waghorn's Overland Route. Folded letter datelined Calcutta Aug. 5, 1837" from India to London, sender's routing "Pr. 'Berenia Steamer' via Suez", bold "Care of Mr. Waghorn Suez" oval handstamp, Alexandria (Egypt) Oct. 27 transit datestamp and framed "Indes Orien. Par Alexandrie" handstamp, various ms. rate markings and two disinfection slits, London receiving backstamp and boxed accountancy handstamp with total rate due, Very Fine, Thomas Fletcher Waghorn single-handedly established the overland route via Suez, he operated with such speed and efficiency that the British Post Office directed mail to his service

E. 400-500
3,250
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2070
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2070, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountryINDIA, 1816, King's Post Handstamp on British Packet Letter to Bengal, INDIA, 1816, King's Post Handstamp on British Packet Letter to BengalINDIA, 1816, King's Post Handstamp on British Packet Letter to Bengal. "India Packet letter, London, 17 Sep 1816 G.P.O." crown-circle datestamp on folded letter to Patna, Bengal, appropriate transits incl. King's Post framed datestamp with integral rate in ms. on back, opening tear thru marking, otherwise Very Fine and scarce

E. 150-200
425
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2071
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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
525
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2072
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2072, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountryITALY, 1812, "Munici Palita di Ces Clans" (Municipality of Cesclans), ITALY, 1812, "Munici Palita di Ces Clans" (Municipality of Cesclans)ITALY, 1812, "Munici Palita di Ces Clans" (Municipality of Cesclans). Fancy rectangular handstamp with central Napoleonic Eagle design on 1812 part-printed police ordinance, wonderfully fresh, minor filing crease, Very Fine, scarce and handsome, ex Faulstich

E. 150-200
130
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2073
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2073, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountryITALY, 1841-44, Steamship Handstamps, ITALY, 1841-44, Steamship HandstampsITALY, 1841-44, Steamship Handstamps. Two folded letters with blue oval handstamps with central steamship designs, first (1841) is "Vapori TuscanI/Agenzia di Genova" to Livorno, the other (1844), much fancier design and well struck, is "Vapori Sardi Sul Mediterraneo/Agenzia di Livorno" to Genoa, Fine-Very Fine, attractive lot

E. 150-200
375
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2074
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2074, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountryMEXICO, 1859, Mexico "Diligencias" Stagecoach Handstamp, MEXICO, 1859, Mexico "Diligencias" Stagecoach HandstampMEXICO, 1859, Mexico "Diligencias" Stagecoach Handstamp. Clear strike on blue folded cover, marking depicts stagecoach, driver and horses in the center, "* DILIGENCIAS GENERALES*LINEAS DE TOLUCAS." surrounding, matching "GRATIS" in tiny lined oval, 1859 usage, Extremely Fine, with 1978 MEPSI certificate, which has a pencil comment at the bottom "a lovely item" and initialed "JKB" (John K. Bash), the well-known authority on Mexican philately and then chairman of MEPSI

E. 400-500
800
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2075
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2075, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountryNEPAL, 1811-21, Nepali Officers' Handstamps, NEPAL, 1811-21, Nepali Officers' HandstampsNEPAL, 1811-21, Nepali Officers' Handstamps. Four native covers with handstamped seals, incl. 1811 with seal of Achal Thapa from Bhadruwa Kothi, 1813 with seal of General Ambar Singh Thapa Sarana to Swasti Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Man Maharahiraj, 1817 with seal of Ujir Singh Thapa (commander of Western Command, at Palpa) to a General at Kantipur, and 1821 with seal of Colonel Uzir Singh Thapa, minor faults, still Very Fine and scarce group

E. 150-200
250
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2076
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2076, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountryNETHERLANDS, 1690, Shipmaster's Guild Letter from the Hague to Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS, 1690, Shipmaster's Guild Letter from the Hague to AmsterdamNETHERLANDS, 1690, Shipmaster's Guild Letter from the Hague to Amsterdam. Jul. 22, 1690 folded letter with clearly struck "H/3/S" 3-stuivers rate handstamp and ms. crossed lines, both indicating prepayment, Very Fine, scarce example of this early prepaid rate marking applied by the Shipmaster's Guild private post, which was nationalized by Holland in 1799

E. 300-400
425
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2077
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2077, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountryNETHERLANDS, 1691, Shipmaster's Guild Letter from the Hague to Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS, 1691, Shipmaster's Guild Letter from the Hague to AmsterdamNETHERLANDS, 1691, Shipmaster's Guild Letter from the Hague to Amsterdam. Oct. 5, 1691 folded letter with clearly struck "H/3/S" 3-stuivers rate handstamp indicating prepayment, Very Fine, applied by the Shipmaster's Guild private post (nationalized by Holland in 1799)

E. 300-400
450
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2078
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2078, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountryNETHERLANDS EAST INDIES, 1839, Batavia, Java, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES, 1839, Batavia, JavaNETHERLANDS EAST INDIES, 1839, Batavia, Java. Folded letter with perfect large bold blue oval "ZEEBRIEF/FRANCO" with post horn in center, additional "ZEEBRIEF. HELLEVOETSTEIS" red oval at right, another two-line red handstamp and rate markings, high rate due to bulky contents (eight pages), Very Fine and scarce

E. 200-300
425
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2079
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2079, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountryNEW ZEALAND, 1848, "Paid at Wellington New Zealand" Crown Circle, NEW ZEALAND, 1848, "Paid at Wellington New Zealand" Crown CircleNEW ZEALAND, 1848, "Paid at Wellington New Zealand" Crown Circle. Clear strike in red on 1848 retaliatory rate folded letter to Salem, Mass., sent to London and forwarded to Salem, red "Paid" in Maltese cross, ms. rate marks, crown-circle overstruck by red rimless "Boston Mass. Ship Nov. 19" datestamp, matching "29" rate (incl. 24c retaliatory charge), Very Fine and very scarce

E. 500-750
850
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2080
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2080, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by Country18th Century Spanish Handstamps, 18th Century Spanish Handstamps18th Century Spanish Handstamps. Two folded letters, first 1729 to Toulon, France, with "BIL/BAO" two-line handstamp and fancy coat of arms handstamp on backflap, second 1744 to Bordeaux, France, with "SS" in serrated circle applied at San Sebastian, former slightly age stained, otherwise Very Fine

E. 300-400
525
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2081
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2081, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by Country1800's, Ecuador/Honduras, Spanish King Fernando VII Propaganda Handstamps, 1800's, Ecuador/Honduras, Spanish King Fernando VII Propaganda Handstamps1800's, Ecuador/Honduras, Spanish King Fernando VII Propaganda Handstamps. Two mostly complete folded covers, one to Guatemala with Tegucigalpa (Honduras) handstamp and "VIVA/F.VII" framed handstamp ("Long Live Fernando VII"), other from Riobamba (Ecuador) to Quito with red "V.VA.FDOVII/RIOBAMBA/FRANCA" framed handstamp, minor climatic toning, otherwise Very Fine, these Spanish Colonial markings in support of King Fernando VII were applied to mail during the period when Napoleon's armies occupied Spain (in 1808)

E. 400-500
500
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2082
 
1802-21, Spanish Colonial Handstamps. Four items: 1802 folded cover from Lima to Cuzco with "Certificacion a Lima" and "Franca" handstamps in red, 1815 folded cover from Oruro (as part of Peru) to Quito with "Oruro" straightline, 1819 folded letter with "Potosi" straightline to Arequipa, 1821 postal invoice for Official Mail charges with red straightlines "Renta de Correos", "Por El Rey" and "Oruro", Fine group, very scarce

E. 500-750
450
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2083
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2083, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by Country1830, "SAN SALVADOR" in Shield, 1830, "SAN SALVADOR" in Shield1830, "SAN SALVADOR" in Shield. Brown handstamp on ca. 1830 folded cover to San Miguel, ms. "6" rate, extraordinarily fresh, Very Fine and scarce Spainish Colonial handstamp

E. 150-200
115
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2084
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2084, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by Country1843, Castro Urdiales, Viscaya (Spain), Fish Handstamp, 1843, Castro Urdiales, Viscaya (Spain), Fish Handstamp1843, Castro Urdiales, Viscaya (Spain), Fish Handstamp. Red circular handstamp with fish at center, matching "10" rate handstamp on 1843 folded letter to San Felipe de Jativa, Very Fine, scarce marking from this fishing town in Biscay Bay

E. 100-150
80
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2085
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2085, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountrySWEDEN, 1807-27, "Feather" Letters, SWEDEN, 1807-27, "Feather" LettersSWEDEN, 1807-27, "Feather" Letters. Two folded letters sealed with red wax and imbedded feather to denote special delivery, 1807 and 1827, moured on exhibit page, Very Fine

E. 200-300
400
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2086
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2086, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountrySWEDEN, 1840, "Feather" Letter, SWEDEN, 1840, "Feather" LetterSWEDEN, 1840, "Feather" Letter. Three feathers (very fast service desired) affixed beneath wax seals on the reverse of a folded cover, Fine

E. 200-300
300
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2087
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2087, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountrySWITZERLAND, 1811, University Seal on Letter from Sarnen (Switzerland), SWITZERLAND, 1811, University Seal on Letter from Sarnen (Switzerland)SWITZERLAND, 1811, University Seal on Letter from Sarnen (Switzerland). 1811 folded letter with "Sarnen" town handstamp in script and large paper seal with partly clear impression of University seal, Extremely Fine, Sarnen is in the Swiss Canton of Unterwalden

E. 150-200
80
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2088
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Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2088, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountrySWITZERLAND, 1828-29, The Fischer Posts, Private Mail Service Between Switzerland and France, SWITZERLAND, 1828-29, The Fischer Posts, Private Mail Service Between Switzerland and FranceSWITZERLAND, 1828-29, The Fischer Posts, Private Mail Service Between Switzerland and France. Two folded letters from Switzerland to France, 1828 from Ependes ("Freiburg" straightline) to Lyon via Ferney with "Suisse Par Ferney" and "F.F.10." handstamps, other 1829 from Dellemont (straightline) to Colmar with "Suisse Par Delle" and "F.D.4" handstamps, ms. rates, Very Fine, in May 1828 the Franco-Fischer Treaty provided for mail exchange between the two countries via specific border points, handstamps were used to indicate transit

E. 300-400
160
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2089
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WORLDWIDE STAMPLESS COVERS. Twenty covers, includes early India, Great Britain with 1699 to Amsterdam & bold red "4 oClock 1815 EV/MR.15." oval, 1863 "Colombo" ship wreck cover, 1839 & 1841 fumigated covers, 1823 Naples to Lisbon, Portugal with two scarce markings, Spain with 1834 to Valencia with large red "ANTEQUERA/ANDALUCIA" oval and disinfected, red 1820 "Burgos" illustrated crown over castle cancel, four "Posta Europea'" ovals in blue (Mansura, Samanud, Zifta and Zagasik), the last with blue 1863 "Alessandra" double circle backstamp, Aleppo and Damascus blue Turkish city cancels, and more, virtually all Fine-Very Fine, fascinating lot of seldom-seen covers

E. 750-1,000
1,200
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2090
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EUROPEAN STAMPLESS COVERS. 15h Century thru 1800's, a few dozen carefully-selected covers with wide variety of postal markings, a few early courier letters incl. "Cito" endorsement, "#" marks, 1867 ship letter from Cyprus to Italy, town markings, some fumigated, overal Very Fine, a very desirable and scarce group

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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