Sale 1236 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 25-27 May, 2021

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Category — Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati Reproductions

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2873
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Sale 1236, Lot 2873, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Dull Vermilion (6). Complete reconstruction of the 29 Transfer Types (one blank space where 180c error transfer was removed), includes 16 with original gum, others unused, range of shades from pale to deep, a few are on very stout paper which might qualify as Thick Paper (No. 6d), but counted as the normal paper, most have large margins all around and several are Extremely Fine, some minor faults to be expected, an extremely high quality reconstruction, several have "EJL" (Lee) backstamps, some signed, total Scott value $4,350.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
2874
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Sale 1236, Lot 2874, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Dull Vermilion (6). Complete reconstruction of the 29 Transfer Types (one blank space where 180c error transfer was removed), includes 14 with original gum, others unused, range of shades from pale to deep, a few are on very stout paper which might qualify as Thick Paper (No. 6d), but counted as the normal paper, most have full to large margins all around and a few are Extremely Fine, some minor faults to be expected, overall an extremely high quality reconstruction, several have "EJL" (Lee) backstamps, some signed, total Scott value $4,350.00

E. 1,500-2,000
800
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Sale 1236, Lot 2875, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Dull Vermilion (6). Complete reconstruction of the 29 Transfer Types (one blank space where 180c error transfer was removed), includes 5 with original gum, others unused, range of shades from pale to deep including at least 8 that qualify as No. 6a, most have full to large margins all around and a few are Extremely Fine, some minor faults to be expected, overall an extremely high quality reconstruction, some signed, total Scott value $4,550.00 (with premium for No. 6a)

E. 1,000-1,500
600
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Sale 1236, Lot 2876, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Dull Vermilion (6). Nearly complete reconstruction of 28 of the 29 Transfer Types (one blank space where 180c error transfer was removed), lacking only Type 5 for completion, includes 10 with original gum, others unused, range of shades from pale to deep, most have full to large margins all around and a few are Extremely Fine, some minor faults to be expected, overall an extremely high quality reconstruction, some signed, total Scott value $4,350.00

E. 1,000-1,500
500
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Sale 1236, Lot 2877, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Dull Vermilion (6). Transfer Type 16, original gum, large margins, rich color and sharp impression, fresh and Extremely Fine, a superb stamp

E. 150-200
150
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Sale 1236, Lot 2878, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Dull Vermilion (6). Transfer Type 16, original gum, large even margins, exceptionally deep shade, fresh and Extremely Fine, a choice example of this issue, signed A. Diena

E. 150-200
110
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2879
 
Sale 1236, Lot 2879, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Dull Vermilion (6). Transfer Type 7, large margins, bright color, neatly cancelled by Montevideo oval datestamp, Extremely Fine, an outstanding used example of the 240c 1858 Issue, much scarcer in used condition, ex de Bustamante, with 2004 Moorhouse and Hernandez Rocha certificates

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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Sale 1236, Lot 2880, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Deep Vermilion (6). Transfer Type 8 with this position's distinctive dot outside border at upper left, unused (no gum), large even margins, fiery shade, fresh and Extremely Fine Gem, a spectacular example of this shade, ex Lee with "EJL" backstamp

E. 200-300
150
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Sale 1236, Lot 2881, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Deep Vermilion, Se-Tenant with a Blank Space (6e). Transfer Types 22-[23]-24, Positions 100-[101]-102, horizontal strip of three with blank space 3 where 180c error transfer was removed, unused (no gum), large margins, deep shade and strong impression, horizontal crease

VERY FINE DESPITE LIGHT CREASING. ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST FASCINATING TRANSFER VARIETIES OF SOUTH AMERICAN PHILATELY. VERY FEW MULTIPLES OF THE 240-CENTISIMOS 1858 ISSUE ARE KNOWN WITH THE BLANK SPACE POSITION.

The 240c printing stone of 204 subjects, arranged in seventeen rows of twelve, was created by making six separate transfers from the intermediate transfer block of thirty for the first fifteen rows (180 subjects). To make the two bottom rows (24 subjects), the printer divided the transfer block into two blocks of twelve. The transfer block of thirty included one 180c design in error, which was transferred to seven positions on the printing stone. After a short print run, the printer erased the 180c transfers and left seven blank spaces, rather than entering the correct 240c transfers. The strip offered here comes from the middle left section of the sheet (Positions 100-[101]-102), containing blank space 3.

Scott value $5,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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2882
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Sale 1236, Lot 2882, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Brown Red (6b). Transfer Types 29-30/5-6, block of four, original gum, h.r., large margins, intense shade and sharp impression, very fresh, horizontal crease in margin between stamps and another in top pair

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED BLOCK OF THE 1858 240-CENTISIMOS IN THE RARE AND DISTINCTIVE BROWN RED COLOR. AN IMPORTANT CLASSIC MULTIPLE OF URUGUAY.

The normal color of the 240c is Vermilion (in dull, bright or deep shades), but the stamps were also printed in a distinctive Brown Red (listed in Scott as Brick Red), which is an entirely different ink mixture. It is reported that one multiple of the Brown Red was divided and sold by Jean-Baptiste Moens, a 19th century Belgian stamp dealer, but the existence of duplicate positions (see lots 2883 and 2884) prove that at least two different multiples reached collectors. Single examples of the Brown Red are very scarce and desirable, and only two multiples have been recorded, both of which are in the Gordon N. John collection -- the only known block offered here and the strip of four with blank space in lot 2883.

Robert Hoffmann displayed this block in the exhibit of Uruguay that won the Grand Award at FIPEX in 1956. In the inventory accompanying the exhibit Hoffmann described it as "unique," and gave its provenance as "ex-Guinle collection," referring to Dr. Guglielmo Guinle, a noted South American philatelist during the 1930s.

Ex Dr. Guglielmo Guinle and Robert Hoffmann. Backstamped Soto Hermanos and signed Diaz.

E. 30,000-40,000
19,500
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Sale 1236, Lot 2883, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Brown Red, Se-Tenant with Blank Space (6b variety). Transfer Types 21-22-[23]-24, horizontal strip of four with blank space 6 from the lower right section of the sheet, Positions 165-166-[167]-168, original gum, h.r., large margins, intense shade and sharp impression, very fresh, vertical and diagonal creases in blank space (one reinforced with hinge)

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF A BLANK SPACE IN A MULTIPLE OF THE 1858 240-CENTISIMOS IN THE RARE AND DISTINCTIVE BROWN RED COLOR. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF CLASSIC URUGUAY.

The 240c printing stone of 204 subjects, arranged in seventeen rows of twelve, was created by making six separate transfers from the intermediate transfer block of thirty for the first fifteen rows (180 subjects). To make the two bottom rows (24 subjects), the printer divided the transfer block into two blocks of twelve. The transfer block of thirty included one 180c design in error, which was transferred to seven positions on the printing stone. After a short print run, the printer erased the 180c transfers and left seven blank spaces, rather than entering the correct 240c transfers. The strip offered here comes from the lower right section of the sheet (Positions 165-166-[167]-168), containing blank space 6, which can be identified by the tiny dot outside the top left corner of the stamp at right (lightly circled in pencil on this strip).

The normal color of the 240c is Vermilion (in dull, bright or deep shades), but the stamps were also printed in a distinctive Brown Red (listed in Scott as Brick Red), which is an entirely different ink mixture. It is reported that one multiple of the Brown Red was divided and sold by Jean-Baptiste Moens, a 19th century Belgian stamp dealer, but the existence of duplicate positions (this strip and lot 2884) prove that at least two different multiples reached collectors. Single examples of the Brown Red are very scarce and desirable, and only two multiples have been recorded, both of which are in the Gordon N. John collection -- the only known block offered in lot 2882 and the strip of four with blank space offered here.

This strip was owned by Alfred F. Lichtenstein, who included it in his exhibit of Uruguay at the International Philatelic Exhibition held in Montevideo in April 1931 (reported by E. J. Lee in The Postage Stamps of Uruguay, page xii). After Lichtenstein's death in 1947, his daughter, Louise Boyd Dale, sold the strip and other Uruguay rarities to Robert Hoffmann, who featured it in his Uruguay exhibit, which captured the Grand Award at the 1956 FIPEX exhibition in New York City. In the inventory accompanying the exhibit Hoffmann described it as "unique." It was sold in the 1982 Corinphila sale of the Hoffmann collection to Enrique M. de Bustamante and was part of his wife's Grand Prix International exhibit. The current owner acquired it in the 1993 Feldman sale of the de Bustamante collection.

Illustrated under "Gems" in Marcos Sivera Antunez El Correo en el Uruguay. Ex Lichtenstein, Dale, Hoffmann and de Bustamante. Signed Diaz and Holcombe. Unlisted in Scott.

E. 30,000-40,000
26,000
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Sale 1236, Lot 2884, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Brown Red, Se-Tenant with Blank Space (6b variety). Transfer Types [23]-24, single with large part of adjoining blank space 6 from the lower right section of the sheet, Positions [167]-168, original gum, h.r., large margins, intense shade and sharp impression, vertical crease in blank space and small thin spots, a few faint gum toned spots, otherwise Extremely Fine, an extremely rare example of the blank space on 240c sheet in Brown Red color, only one multiple with this variety is recorded in this color (lot 2883 in this sale), this single with the blank space at left looks deceptively like a sheet-margin stamp, but is the rare blank space variety, blank space 6 can be identified by the tiny dot outside the top left corner of the stamp at right (lightly circled in pencil), it is reported that one multiple of the Brown Red was divided and sold by Jean-Baptiste Moens, a 19th century Belgian stamp dealer, but the strip and this single come from the same positions, so at least two multiples reached collectors, unlisted in Scott

E. 750-1,000
850
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Sale 1236, Lot 2885, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Brown Red (6b). Transfer Type 24, unused (no gum), large even margins, deep shade and sharp impression, Extremely Fine, outstanding quality for this scarce issue and color variety, "EJL" (Lee) backstamp, Scott value $300.00

E. 300-400
190
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Sale 1236, Lot 2886, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Brown Red (6b). Transfer Type 10, unused (no gum), large margins, deep shade and sharp impression, Extremely Fine, red Stolow backstamp, Scott value $300.00

E. 150-200
120
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Sale 1236, Lot 2887, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Brown Red (6b). Transfer Type 10, unused with about half of original gum, large even margins, deep shade and sharp impression, faint trace of thin, Extremely Fine appearance, signed Bloch, Scott value $300.00

E. 150-200
120
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Sale 1236, Lot 2888, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Brown Red (6b). Transfer Type 10, unused (no gum), large margins, rich color and sharp impression, horizontal crease and small thin spot, Extremely Fine appearance, small blue backstamp, Scott value $300.00

E. 100-150
110
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Sale 1236, Lot 2889, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Brown Red (6b). Transfer Type 27, unused (traces of gum), large margins, rich color and sharp impression, small faint thin, ink spot at bottom right, Extremely Fine appearance, Scott value $300.00

E. 100-150
100
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Sale 1236, Lot 2890, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Brown Red (6b). Transfer Type 5, unused (no gum), full to large margins, deep shade and sharp impression, horizontal crease in bottom margin, corner crease top right, Very Fine appearance, Scott value $300.00

E. 100-150
100
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Sale 1236, Lot 2891, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Brown Red (6b). Transfer Type 2, unused (no gum), ample margins, deep shade and strong impression, some very slight thinning, Very Fine appearance, blue backstamp, Scott value $300.00

E. 100-150
110
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2892
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Sale 1236, Lot 2892, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Dull Vermilion, Thick Paper, Se-Tenant with Blank Space (6d variety). Transfer Types 17/22-[23]-24/29 in a cross-shaped block of five with blank space 1 at center, Positions 29/40-[41]-42/53, original gum, bright shade on Thick Paper, vertical crease between stamps at right, tiny margin tears at top left and top right of stamp at bottom, small ink mark on bottom stamp

VERY FINE. ONE OF PERHAPS TWO OR THREE 1858 240-CENTISIMOS MULTIPLES ON THICK PAPER CONTAINING THE BLANK SPACE VARIETY. A WONDERFUL EXHIBITION ITEM.

The 240c printing stone of 204 subjects, arranged in seventeen rows of twelve, was created by making six separate transfers from the intermediate transfer block of thirty for the first fifteen rows (180 subjects). To make the two bottom rows (24 subjects), the printer divided the transfer block into two blocks of twelve. The transfer block of thirty included one 180c design in error, which was transferred to seven positions on the printing stone. After a short print run, the printer erased the 180c transfers and left seven blank spaces, rather than entering the correct 240c transfers. The block offered here comes from the top left section of the sheet (Positions 29/40-[41]-42/53), containing blank space 1.

The vast majority of 1858 Issue stamps are found on normal paper, but the 180c and 240c are also found on a very thick paper, single examples of which are quite scarce. Only one block of the 180c on thick paper is recorded (offered in lot 2861), and very few blocks of 240c on thick paper are recorded. The cross-shaped block offered here contains blank space 1. It is a Dull Vermilion color, and the paper is very thick. The blank space shows tiny traces of the erased 180c transfer.

The 1936 Plumridge & Co. sale of the Emmanuel J. Lee collection of Uruguay listed a block of four "cast as a cross, dull vermilion" (lot 1444), which must be this block on thick paper. The Hoffmann collection contained a block of nine which he described as "very thick paper," but it was not described as such in the 1982 Corinphila sale. We are not aware of any other 240c blank space examples on thick paper.

Each position backstamped "EJL" (Lee). Signed G. Bolaffi and A. Diena. Unlisted in Scott

E. 5,000-7,500
5,250
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Sale 1236, Lot 2893, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Dull Vermilion, Thick Paper (6d). Transfer Type 13, unused (no gum), large even margins, bright shade, fresh, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb example of the 240c 1858 Issue on Thick Paper, a rare variety, "EJL" (Lee) and "Jean Civioini Paris" backstamps, listed but unpriced in Scott

E. 500-750
225
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Sale 1236, Lot 2894, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Dull Vermilion, Thick Paper (6d). Transfer Type 18, Position 142, original gum, full to large margins, distinctive pastel shade associated with Thick Paper printing, Very Fine, very scarce, listed but unpriced in Scott

E. 500-750
200
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2895
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URUGUAY, 1858, 240c Dull Vermilion (6). Study comprising 41 unused stamps, some with original gum, 18 of the 29 Transfer Types represented by at least one example, nice range of shades from pale to deep including 6 that qualify as No. 6a, almost all have four margins and many are Extremely Fine appearing with minor faults, a worthwhile specialist's group that could be developed into one or more reconstructions, total Scott value $6,300.00 (with premium for No. 6a)

E. 1,000-1,500
500
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2896
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Sale 1236, Lot 2896, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 120c Blue, Sperati Reproduction (4 Sperati). Transfer Type 6, Sperati Type B, "original" gum, large margins, Extremely Fine, signed in pencil by Sperati

E. 300-400
160
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Sale 1236, Lot 2897, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 120c Blue, Sperati Reproduction (4 Sperati). Transfer Type 24, Sperati Type A, unused (no gum), large margins, thin spot, Extremely Fine appearance, signed in pencil by Sperati

E. 300-400
150
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Sale 1236, Lot 2898, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 120c Blue, Sperati Reproduction (4 Sperati). Transfer Type 24, Sperati Type A, unused (no gum), large to huge margins, Extremely Fine, choice example of the master's work

E. 300-400
160
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2899
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Sale 1236, Lot 2899, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 180c Green, Sperati Reproduction (5 Sperati). Transfer Type 3, Sperati Type A, "original" gum, large margins, Extremely Fine, signed in pencil by Sperati

E. 300-400
160
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Sale 1236, Lot 2900, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 180c Green, Sperati Reproduction (5 Sperati). Transfer Type 25, Sperati Type B, unused (no gum), large margins, small thin spot, Extremely Fine appearance, two small backstamps

E. 300-400
100
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Sale 1236, Lot 2901, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Deep Vermilion, Sperati Reproduction (6a Sperati). Transfer Type 29, Sperati Type B, "original" gum, full to large margins, pinhole, otherwise Very Fine, signed in pencil by Sperati

E. 300-400
160
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Sale 1236, Lot 2902, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Deep Vermilion, Sperati Reproduction (6a Sperati). Transfer Type 25, Sperati Type A, "original" gum, full to large margins, Very Fine, signed in pencil by Sperati

E. 300-400
120
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Sale 1236, Lot 2903, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Deep Vermilion, Sperati Reproduction (6a Sperati). Transfer Type 25, Sperati Type A, "original" gum, full to large margins, Very Fine, signed A. Diena as a genuine stamp, demonstrating how dangerous Sperati's work can be

E. 300-400
110
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Sale 1236, Lot 2904, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Brown Red, Sperati Reproduction (6b Sperati). Transfer Type 4, Sperati Type D, "original" gum, large margins, Extremely Fine, the 240c Sperati in this color is extremely rare, signed in pencil by Sperati

E. 400-500
300
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Sale 1236, Lot 2905, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Brown Red, Sperati Reproduction (6b Sperati). Transfer Type 4, Sperati Type D, "original" gum, large margins, Extremely Fine, the 240c Sperati in this color is extremely rare

E. 300-400
100
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Sale 1236, Lot 2906, Uruguay 1858 First Issue - 240c and Sperati ReproductionsURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Brown Red, Sperati Reproduction (6b Sperati). Transfer Type 4, Sperati Type D, "original" gum, full to large margins, Very Fine, the 240c Sperati in this color is extremely rare, backstamped with expert's mark (Sperati fooled a lot of them)

E. 300-400
100
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