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Sale 1220 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 21 May, 2020

Category — Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney Estate

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
332
c
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 332, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, -1/2b Black on Gray Blue (1a; Sassone 1a), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, -1/2b Black on Gray Blue (1a; Sassone 1a)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, -1/2b Black on Gray Blue (1a; Sassone 1a). Vertical strip of six, gutter (Interspazio) between 5th and 6th stamps, cancelled by diamond of lozenges on petite folded cover to Rimini, "Imola" straightline, backstamped " 9 Aprile", strip with mostly full margins, just in a few places, fresh color, second stamp from right the noted as "otto filetti"

VERY FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARILY RARE GUTTER STRIP OF SIX OF THE 1852 HALF-BAJOCCHI CORRECTLY PAYING THE 3-BAJOCCHI RATE ON A PETITE COVER. IDEAL FOR EXHIBITION.

The largest strip listed in the Sassone catalogue is a strip of five, which catalogues €32,500 on cover. This strip of six, with the interspazio and otto filleti varieties, is even rarer and more desirable.

Ex Hall. Signed Bloch. With 1993 Sorani certificate.

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
333
c
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 333, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, -1/2b Black on Gray Lilac (1b; Sassone 1Aa), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, -1/2b Black on Gray Lilac (1b; Sassone 1Aa)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, -1/2b Black on Gray Lilac (1b; Sassone 1Aa). Two blocks of four tied by Rome circular datestamps on 1866 folded letter to Spoleto, with two pairs of Italy 1863 10c Orange Brown Postage Due (J1; Sassone S1c) applied, one overlapping a block of the -1/2b, lettersheet folded thru both blocks, Fine appearance, an immensely rare use, with 1993 Raybaudi certificate, just one block of four of the -1/2b on cover catalogues €21,000 in Sassone

E. 750-1,000
550
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334
c
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 334, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 1b Black on Gray Green, Half Used as -1/2b (2b; Sassone 2a), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 1b Black on Gray Green, Half Used as -1/2b (2b; Sassone 2a)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 1b Black on Gray Green, Half Used as -1/2b (2b; Sassone 2a). Two halves of different stamps tied by diamond grid on reverse of 1859 folded circular to Montalto, Ascoli 18 Dec 59 circular datestamp and oval coat-of-arms handstamp, Very Fine, a most unusual bisect use, apparently the sender had on hand 1-Baj. stamps that were already vertically bisected for use on printed matter, this circular required 1-Baj postage, so two of the bisects were used, signed E. Diena and Raybaudi, with 1970 Nussbaum certificate

E. 400-500
250
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335
ogbl
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 335, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 2b Black on Yellow Green (3a; Sassone 3), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 2b Black on Yellow Green (3a; Sassone 3)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 2b Black on Yellow Green (3a; Sassone 3). Center block of sixteen with wide horizontal and vertical cross gutters, original gum, incredibly fresh color and vivid impression, previously folded along gutters, Extremely Fine, a rare and pristine block, believed to be the only center gutter block in private hands, with 1983 E. Diena certificate, catalogued as singles, Scott $3,840.00, Sassone €14,400

E. 1,000-1,500
1,900
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336
ogbl
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 336, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 3d Black on Chrome Yellow (4d; Sassone 4A), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 3d Black on Chrome Yellow (4d; Sassone 4A)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 3d Black on Chrome Yellow (4d; Sassone 4A). Right sheet-margin block of fifteen, large margins at top and left, close to just in at bottom, original gum, certificate states eleven stamps Mint Never-Hinged, strong impression, gum crease affects left two stamps in the bottom row, otherwise Very Fine, with clear 2003 E. Diena certificate, Sassone €1,600 as two hinged blocks of four and seven hinged singles

E. 300-400
225
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337
c
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 337, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 3b Black on Brown, One-Third Used as 1b (4e; Sassone 4Aa), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 3b Black on Brown, One-Third Used as 1b (4e; Sassone 4Aa)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 3b Black on Brown, One-Third Used as 1b (4e; Sassone 4Aa). Right vertical third tied by diamond grid on 1859 petite folded cover from Bologna to San Giovanni, Bologna circular datestamp, Very Fine, a scarce and desirable use on a petite cover, signed E. Diena, Raybaudi, and Colla, Scott $3,250.00, Sassone €7,000

E. 1,000-1,500
2,200
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338
c
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 338, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 3b Black on Brown, One-Third Used as 1b (4e; Sassone 4Aa), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 3b Black on Brown, One-Third Used as 1b (4e; Sassone 4Aa)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 3b Black on Brown, One-Third Used as 1b (4e; Sassone 4Aa). Central horizontal third tied by diamond grid on 1859 printed poster from Bologna to Anzola, Very Fine, a rare use during the Provisional Government period of Romagna, with 1992 E. Diena certificate, Scott $3,250.00, Sassone €8,000

E. 750-1,000
1,200
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339
c
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 339, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 4b Bright Yellow, 5b Rose Carmine (5, 6; Sassone 5Aa, 6A), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 4b Bright Yellow, 5b Rose Carmine (5, 6; Sassone 5Aa, 6A)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 4b Bright Yellow, 5b Rose Carmine (5, 6; Sassone 5Aa, 6A). Single 4b and pair of 5b, all with large margins, 4b noted as "otto filetti", tied by diamond grid on 1867 cover to Perugia, Roma 9 Feb. 67 circular datestamp, Foligno and Perugia backstamps, two vertical file folds not affecting stamps or markings, stamps are Very Fine-Extremely Fine, the cover pays the double-rate from the first distance, third radius to the Pontifical border, with 1992 E. Diena certificate

E. 400-500
950
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340
c
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 340, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 4b Black on Pale Yellow, Quarter Used as 1b (5e; Sassone 5Ab), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 4b Black on Pale Yellow, Quarter Used as 1b (5e; Sassone 5Ab)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 4b Black on Pale Yellow, Quarter Used as 1b (5e; Sassone 5Ab). Bottom right corner tied by pen-strokes on reverse of 1859 folded letter to from Foligno to Trevi, Foligno straightline handstamp, 13-5-59 circular datestamp on reverse, Pontifical coat-of-arms handstamp, ms. rated "1"

VERY FINE. A RARE USAGE OF THE 4-BAJACCHIO QUARTERED AND USED AS A 1-BAJACCHI STAMP.

Since Trevi did not have a post office at the time, the pen-cancellation was likely applied by a letter carrier in Foligno after payment by the addressee.

With 1965 A. Diena and 2004 Sismondo certificates. Scott $20,000.00. Sassone €50,000

E. 4,000-5,000
3,750
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341
c
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 341, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1858, 4b Light Yellow, Half Used as 2b (5i; Sassone 5Ab), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1858, 4b Light Yellow, Half Used as 2b (5i; Sassone 5Ab)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1858, 4b Light Yellow, Half Used as 2b (5i; Sassone 5Ab). Bottom right diagonal half tied by diamond grid on reverse of a portion of an 1859 patriotic poster, sent from Bologna and addressed to S. Giorgio di Piano, document with a few light age spots, one of which just barely affects the bisect, otherwise Very Fine, with 1992 E. Diena certificate, Scott $3,750.00, Sassone €6,000

E. 500-750
900
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342
c
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 342, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 5b Black on Pale Rose (6a; Sassone 6a), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 5b Black on Pale Rose (6a; Sassone 6a)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 5b Black on Pale Rose (6a; Sassone 6a). Horizontal strip of four, with gutter (interspazio) between left two stamps, cancelled by Ravenna straightline and tied by 10 Luglio straightline on folded letter to Venetia, Ferrara and Venetia backstamps, strip with full to large margins, Very Fine, a particularly pretty cover

E. 300-400
1,300
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343
ogbl
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 343, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 5b Black on Rose, Albino Printing (6 var; Sassone 6e), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 5b Black on Rose, Albino Printing (6 var; Sassone 6e)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 5b Black on Rose, Albino Printing (6 var; Sassone 6e). Block of four with full original gum, positions 23-24/33-34 from the unique sheet, Very Fine, this is the only stamp in all of the Italian States that comes with an albino printing, only one sheet of 100 stamps was discovered, with 1955 A. Diena, 1976 Bolaffi, and 2005 Sismondo certificates, Sassone as four singles (not priced as a block) €7,000

E. 750-1,000
425
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344
c
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 344, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 6b Black on Grayish Green, Half Used at 3b (7e; Sassone 7), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 6b Black on Grayish Green, Half Used at 3b (7e; Sassone 7)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 6b Black on Grayish Green, Half Used at 3b (7e; Sassone 7). Top left diagonal half tied by diamond grid on 1860 folded receipt to Viterbo, Roma 1 Dec 60 circular datestamp, Viterbo backstamp of 2 Dec., light age spot on the top left of bisect, otherwise Very Fine and scarce, Scott $4,250.00, Sassone €8,000

E. 750-1,000
325
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345
c
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 345, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 50b Dull Blue (10; Sassone 10), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 50b Dull Blue (10; Sassone 10)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 50b Dull Blue (10; Sassone 10). Large margins all around, tied by diamond grid on 1861 folded cover to Torino, Roma circular datestamp, Florence and Torino backstamps, ms. "20" charged to the recipient, vertical file fold just barely affects the stamp, cover with small tear at top not affecting stamps or markings

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOLO USE OF THE 50-BAJOCCHI STAMP ON COVER.

The 50b stamp paid the ten-times rate to the Pontifical border. It then went through Tuscany and on to Torino.

With clear 1972 A. Diena certificate. Scott $32,500.00. Sassone €75,000 (values are for solo use)

E. 4,000-5,000
4,250
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346
c
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 346, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1864, 50b Deep Blue (Worn Impression) (10a; Sassone 12), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1864, 50b Deep Blue (Worn Impression) (10a; Sassone 12)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1864, 50b Deep Blue (Worn Impression) (10a; Sassone 12). Used along with 6b and pair 8b (Sassone 7Ab, 9), tied by Roma 28 Dec 55 circular datestamps especially rare thus) on cover to Geneva, Switzerland, various transit datestamps and Geneva receiving backstamp of 29 Dec., 50b stamp with three large margins and just in at left, other stamps with four margins

FINE. AN ENORMOUSLY RARE USE OF THE 1864 50-BAJACCHI STAMP ON COVER. ONE OF ONLY 30 RECORDED.

This pays the correct 72-bajocchi rate to Geneva. The Sassone catalogue lists the 30 recorded copies of No. 12 on cover. This it the only one with this combination of stamps and one of two to Switzerland.

With 1985 E. Diena certificate. Scott $45,000.00 (no cancellation premium). Sassone €145,000 (with circular cancellation vs. €90,000 for the usual grid cancel)

E. 5,000-7,500
8,000
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347
 
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 347, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 1sc Rose (11; Sassone 11), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 1sc Rose (11; Sassone 11)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1852, 1sc Rose (11; Sassone 11). Used with 6b and pair of 7b with gutter (interspazio), tied by diamond grids on 1862 front only to Susa, ms. "28" (for 28-times rate letter) and "18" (to be collected on receipt), 1-scudo stamp with three large margins, in at top, vertical file fold affects the left 7b stamp, a few minor age spots not affecting the stamps, Fine appearance, with 1981 E. Diena certificate, an affordable alternative to the 1-scudo stamp on full cover, which catalogues $50,000.00 (Scott) and €90,000 (Sassone), perfect for exhibition

E. 1,000-1,500
4,250
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348
c
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 348, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1867, 80c Black on Lilac Rose (18; Sassone 20), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1867, 80c Black on Lilac Rose (18; Sassone 20)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1867, 80c Black on Lilac Rose (18; Sassone 20). Used with 1868 20c Black on Crimson perforated (23; Sassone 27), tied by light diamond grids on 1868 cover to Lyon and forwarded to Vichy, Roma 14 Lug. 68 circular datestamp, several French transit and receiving postmarks, two France 20c Blue stamps applied at Vichy and tied by "2145" in diamond, opened for display, causing a small part of the backflap to be missing, Fine, not only a scarce 80c cover, but a rare mixed-issue use, with 1997 Diena certificate

E. 400-500
900
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349
c
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 349, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1868, 40c Black on Straw Yellow (24; Sassone 29f), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1868, 40c Black on Straw Yellow (24; Sassone 29f)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1868, 40c Black on Straw Yellow (24; Sassone 29f). Horizontal strip of three, along with single 20c Lilac Rose (23 var; Sassone 28d), tied by diamond grid on 1870 folded cover to Marseilles, Roma 3 Feb 70 circular datestamp, red transit and Marseilles receiving backstamp, vertical file fold just affects the middle 40c stamp, cover with nick at bottom right not affecting stamps or markings, Fine, signed E. Diena and with 1994 Sorani certificate, just the strip of three on cover catalogues $5,400.00 in Scott and €10,000 in Sassone

E. 500-750
550
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350
c
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 350, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1868, 80c Black on Pale Rose (25a; Sassone 30), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1868, 80c Black on Pale Rose (25a; Sassone 30)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1868, 80c Black on Pale Rose (25a; Sassone 30). Used with 5c, 10c, and 20c stamps of the series, tied by diamond grids on 1869 cover to New York, Roma 6 Mag 69 circular datestamp, French transit and New York entry postmarks, cover reduced slightly at left, 80c stamp faintly rubbed and with irregular perfs at top from overlapping, Very Fine appearance, a rare and attractive four-color franking

E. 500-750
700
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351
c
Sale Number 1220, Lot Number 351, Italian States - from the Rev. Mullowney EstateITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1868, 80c Black on Pale Rose (25e; Sassone 30), ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1868, 80c Black on Pale Rose (25e; Sassone 30)ITALIAN STATES, Roman States, 1868, 80c Black on Pale Rose (25e; Sassone 30). Two vertical pairs, used along with the rare 40c Orange Yellow (24b; Sassone 29d), tied on refolded 1870 cover from Rome to Perugia, Roma circular datestamp, Perugia backstamp, stamps with some surface rubbing, cover with a couple file folds not affecting stamps, and a few wrinkles, one of which slightly affects two 80c stamps, these imperfections would be expected on such a large cover, Fine appearance, a rare franking correctly paying the 2-lira rate to destination, signed Emilio Diena, and with clear 1985 Enzo Diena certificate

E. 500-750
3,500
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352
 
Italian States - Roman States Collection. 1852-1868, on album pages, complete run of the basic stamps in both unused and used condition, including both printings of the 50b, with an original-gum Sassone No. 12 (catalogues €65,000, faults, Raybaudi certificate) and a used 1867 3c (Diena certificate, thinned), plus some multiples, a few varieties, and four Delpierre essays cut to stamp size, mixed condition, the higher values generally with small faults, Fine-Very Fine appearance, six certificates accompany, our estimate is a tiny fraction of the total catalogue value

E. 1,500-2,000
8,000
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353
c
Italian States - Roman States - Balance of Reverend Mullowney's Postal History Exhibit Collection. One binder with 93 covers that are the balance of his exhibit, and a second binder of 37 covers that were not included in the exhibit, but nonetheless contains some interesting and scarce usages, laid out by issue and then denomination, the 1852 Issue contains -1/2-baj to 8-baj stamps, with single use, multiple use and mixed denomination uses, also a 5b postal forgery (Sassone F3), the 1867 Issue contains various denominations, including the 80c, which is represented by a solo use, a strip of three, and as part of a four-color franking, the 1868 Perforated series was similarly collected, and includes scarce items such as Sassone No. 25c strip of four, vast majority to Italian destinations, but there are some to various European countries and a couple to the United States, condition is mixed as one would expect, though the overall quality is above the norm this, nine certificates accompany, please see the scans of the entire lot on our website to see the diverse range of usages present

E. 7,500-10,000
11,000
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