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2011 Rarities of the World continued...

Europe and Colonies
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
212 c ImageDANISH WEST INDIES, HAPAG, 1875, 10c Black on Yellow and Greenish Blue. Tied by light strike of blue "Sievers & Tippenhauer/Cape Haytien" double oval handstamp on blue folded letter datelined "Cap Hatien 12 Avril 1876" to St. Thomas, "St. Thomas 16/41876" backstamp, carried on the HAPAG steamer Lotharingia to St. Thomas, expertly reinforced along light vertical file fold well away from stamp, a Very Fine and rare HAPAG usage, HAPAG began to carry loose letters free of charge between Caribbean ports in 1873 on its "Intercolonial" lines as an incentive for shippers to use its service back to Germany, the volume of mail became such a burden that by 1874 the company started to collect money for the service and introduced a private 10c stamp, this is the first we have offered since 2005 (Image)

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E. 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
213 c ImageFRANCE, Par Ballon Monte. Cover originating in Switzerland with 10c and 20c Helvetia stamps tied by "Basel 3.IX 70" datestamps and addressed to Paris then forwarded to Spa, Belgium, and again to London, England, forwarding postage paid by France 20c and 10c Napoleon tied by lozenge cancel, "Paris 7 Oct. 70" double-circle datestamp, French stamps also tied by "London 20 OC 70" circular datestamp, some wear incl. stamps with flaws, large tear in 20c stamp

FINE APPEARANCE. A PHENOMENAL POSTAL HISTORY RARITY, SENT FROM SWITZERLAND TO PARIS JUST BEFORE THE SIEGE OF PARIS. IT WAS THEN HELD IN PARIS DURING THE SIEGE AND FORWARDED TO BELGIUM BY BALLON MONTE, WHERE IT WAS FORWARDED YET AGAIN TO ENGLAND.

The blue French receiving marking indicates that this was received in Paris on Sep. 5. The recipient must have already left the city in anticipation of the siege. The Siege of Paris started about Sep. 18, so the only way to forward it was by ballon monte. It was carried aboard the Godefroy Cavaignac which left Paris on October 14 and landed in occupied France on the same day. It arrived in Belgium on October 19 and was forwarded to London on the 20th where received on the same day.

The recipient, Elsie Bach, was one of the translators of Volume 2 of The French in America, which was based on her father's papers. The first volume was published by her father in 1872 in Paris, and no doubt their work was interrupted by the war. (Image)

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E. 7,500-10,000

SOLD for $6,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
214 c ImageTUSCANY, 1851, 1cr Carmine, 4cr Green (4, 6). Horizontal strip of four of 4cr, large margins to barely touched, strong watermark, tied by "Firenze 12 May 1854" circular datestamps on cover to Louisville Ky., endorsed "per steamer from Liverpool" at lower left, strip also tied by large "PD" handstamp and "N. York Br. Pkt. Jun. 1" circular datestamp, light strike of red transit also ties strip, cover with some wear which also affects stamps, otherwise Fine, an exceedingly rare high franking on cover to an unusual destination (Image)

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E. 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
215 c ImageUKRAINE (GERMAN OCCUPATION), Alexanderstadt, 1942, 1.50 Rbl on 20K Green, Type II (Michel 6 II). Rich color, used with horizontal pair of 1.50Rbl on 10K Dark Blue, Type II (Michel 4 II), all have strong surcharges which were officially painted over (Nachmalung), tied together by "21 3 42" double-circle datestamp on registered cover, also with large "Alexanderstadt" handstamp at top which ties the pair

VERY FINE. A RARE REGISTERED COVER USED FROM THE GERMAN OCCUPATION OF UKRAINE. THE 1.50 RBL ON 10K IS ESPECIALLY RARE USED ON COVER.

No doubt this was philatelically-inspired, but it is a rare registered use to a small town. Keiler handstamps below stamps. With 1999 Krischke certificate. Michel e12,000 for the No. 6 Type II on cover. A note in Michel also states that the officially retouched markings command a 200% premium. (Image)

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E. 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction

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