Sale 1246 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 1-2 December, 2021
Category — Switzerland thru Thailand
VERY FINE. A RARE AND CHOICE SINGLE FRANKING COVER OF THE 1843 6-RAPPEN WITH RED VERTICAL LINES.
From the collection of Arthur S. Przybyl. Signed Pfenninger and Moser. With 2020 Marchand certificate. Scott $4,750.00. Zumstein SF 5,000
EXTREMELY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 4-RAPPEN ZURICH CANTONAL WITH HORIZONTAL LINES. A GREAT RARITY, ESPECIALLY WITH FULL MARGINS AND COMPLETELY SOUND CONDITION.
In 1843 the Canton of Zurich decided to issue stamps to prepay postage. These were issued in two denominations: the 4-rappen for local letters, and a 6-rappen stamp for use on letters to other cantonal districts. The local printing firm of Orell, Fussli & Co. were contracted to print the stamps, which were issued on March 2, 1843. The vast majority of examples found have tight to touching margins and/or a varying degree of faults. The example offered here is a rare exception to what is normally found.
From the collection of Arthur S. Przybyl. With 1969 Nussbaum and 2009 Eichele certificates. Scott $25,000.00. Zumstein SF 27,500
VERY FINE. A RARE AND HANDSOME SINGLE-FRANKING OF THE 1850 2-1/2-RAPPEN "WINTERTHUR" ON COVER. A COVER MISSING FROM EVEN THE MOST ADVANCED COLLECTIONS.
Single franking covers are seldom encountered. This is highlighted by the large difference in catalogue values between single frankings ($55,000.00, Zumstein SF 50,000) and pairs ($27,500.00, Zumstein SF 30,000) on cover.
From the collection of Arthur S. Przybyl. With 1970 Moser and 1993 Rellstab certificates. Scott $55,000.00. Zumstein SF 50,000
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A PRISTINE 1843 "DOUBLE GENEVA" ON AN ABSOLUTELY IMMACULATE COVER TO COLOGNY. ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC WORLDWIDE RARITIES, ESPECIALLY SO ON COVER. IT IS BELIEVED LESS THAN TWO DOZEN EXAMPLES EXIST, FAR FEWER IN COMPLETELY SOUND CONDITION.
The Double Geneva was the first stamp issued by the Canton of Geneva, on October 1, 1843. The stamps were lithographed on green paper by M. Schmidt, a local printer, in sheets consisting of fifty double-stamps to a sheet. The total printing was 600 sheets. As quoted in Stamps of Fame by L.N. & M. Williams, a contemporary observation before the issue of the Double Geneva reads "Such labels are sold at post offices at 10 centimes each; and when required to do so stationers fasten them beforehand on envelopes, which they sell plus the cost of the ticket. People keep them ready to hand, just as they do their pens and wafers. Many are lost, but this is so much profit to the Post Office. Moreover one uses them more readily than money...it would be a savings to allow two labels to serve for a double letter, or one for every ounce."
The vast majority of Double Geneva stamps are cut in on at least one side and/or have faults. This example is one of the rare exceptions. Its large margins, beautiful color, proof-like impression and great cancel all combine to make this one of the most eye appealing covers in existence.
From the collection of Arthur S. Przybyl. Signed Fulpius. With 1992 Rellstab certificate. Scott $77,500.00. Zumstein SF 80,000
EXTREMELY FINE. A GEM QUALITY EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 5-CENTIMES GENEVA CANTONAL ON COVER.
From the collection of Arthur S. Przybyl. Signed Moser and Zumstein. With 2020 Marchand certificate. Scott $7,750.00. Zumstein SF 9,500
STILL VERY FINE AND RARE USE OF THE 1849 5-CENTIMES STATIONERY CUT SQUARE USED ON A LOCAL COVER.
From the collection of Arthur S. Przybyl. With 2020 Marchand certificate. Scott $22,500.00. Zumstein SF 6,000
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND HANDSOME EXAMPLE OF THE 1845 DOVE OF BASEL PROOF.
From the collection of Arthur S. Przybyl. With 1948 Fulpius and 2020 Marchand certificates. Scott $6,000.00. Zumstein SF 8,500
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A PRISTINE EXAMPLE OF THE FAMOUS "DOVE OF BASEL" CANTONAL ON PIECE WITH THE RARE "FRANCO" CANCEL.
It is interesting to note that the Dove of Basel is the world's first bicolored stamp. From the collection of Arthur S. Przybyl. With 2020 Marchand certificate. Scott $15,500.00. Zumstein SF 18,000
VERY FINE. A TRULY RARE COVER ORIGINATING IN FRANKFURT WITH THE 1845 DOVE OF BASEL FROM THE FIRST PRINTING AND ADDRESSED LOCALLY. AN ICONIC SWISS CANTONAL RARITY OF THE WORLD'S FIRST BICOLORED STAMP.
From the collection of Arthur S. Przybyl. Signed Fulpius. With 2020 Marchand certificate. Scott $38,500.00. Zumstein SF 40,000
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 1850 2-1/2-RAPPEN "POSTE-LOCALE" WITHOUT THE FRAME AROUND CROSS. ONE OF THE MAJOR SWISS CLASSIC RARITIES.
From the collection of Arthur S. Przybyl. With 2009 Marchand certificate (not mentioning thin) and 2019 Marchand befund certificate. Scott $27,000.00. Zumstein SF 30,000