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Overseas continued...

Ecuador continued...
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
4110 image1866: 4 reales brown-red, a diagonally bisected used example, lower right half, on 1869 cover to Chavez in Lima, Peru to pay the single 2 reales rate; neatly tied by "Guayaquil / Franca" datestamp (Sept 26) in blue. Reverse with Lima arrival cds (Oct 1) in black. A charming and rare entire in the foremost quality.rnrnNote: The Bustamante collection, lot 94, shows the other half of this stamp used on the same day. The Caspary collection also housed two bisected 4 r. covers mailed on the same day. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..Jan-24, 11:59 PM
4111 image1866: 4 reales red, a fine unused block of six (3 x 2) with variety "Printed on Both Sides", the obverse of fine colour and large margins all round, positions 21-23/34-36, the reverse in the characteristic brown-red shade, fresh and very fine, large part og. A superbly attractive and rare multiple, the only other block this size is owned by the United States Postal Museum, thus this multiple is the largest in private hands. A major rarity of Ecuadorean Classic Philately. Signed Holcombe.rnrnProvenance: Corinphila sale 90, October 1994, lot 7174. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..Jan-24, 11:59 PM
4112 image1866: 4 reales brown-red, variety "Printed Both Sides", the famous usage on circa 1869 large part cover to Riobamba, in combination with 1865/72 1 r. yellow in a horizontal strip of three, scissor cut in margin between first and second stamp, all tied by "Quito / Franca" datestamps (Jan 11) in red. Reverse of the envelope has a complete oval embossed "Republica del Ecuador / Coat of Arms" seal (as utilised on the first issue stamps. The two stamps lifted for examination and hinged back into place, a most attractive and astonishingly rare usage - just two part covers are known bearing this variety. A wonderful cover and one of the key pieces of Ecuadorean classic philately. Cert. Moorhouse (2016).rnrnProvenance: Collection Dr. Arthur K. M. Woo. Illustrated in the 'Extracts from the Dr. Arthur K.M. Woo Collections' on page 42. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..Jan-24, 11:59 PM
4113 image1866: 4 reales brown-red on greenish paper, a deep shade and the paper evidently tinted, the exceptional horizontal pair with vertical frameline at right (positions 38-39 on the sheet), tied to 1868 entire letter at quadruple rate to Lima by "Guayaquil" cds June 10) in black. Manuscript '2' (reales) due to pay upon receipt with arrival datestamp of Lima (June 19). An exceptionally rare entire and very probably unique in private hands.rnrnProvenance: Collection Bill H. Homan Jnr., Payton, Isleham.rn Collection Dr. Hugo Goeggel, Corinphila sale 178, 27 Feb 2013, lot 4245. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..Jan-24, 11:59 PM
4114 imageFifth Printing Group 1872: ½ real deep dull ultramarine, the unused block of twenty-five subjects, positions 21-24/32-36/45-48/57-60/69-72; in a clear rich shade (without the usual surface blueing of the wove paper), with vertical marginal rule at right, fresh and fine with ROLLAND Watermark covering marginal positions 24/36/48/60 and 72 at right. Some minor horizontal creasing but with large part to full original gum. Unique and beautiful multiple. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..Jan-24, 11:59 PM
4115 image1871/72: ½ r. bright blue on surfaced blued paper, the remarkable unused half sheet of forty-two (6 x 7), positions 7-12/19-24/31-36/43-48/55-60/67-72/79-84; with position 70 showing large break in right frameline, some minor areas of colour loss as usual on this issue, position 55 with small closed tear, position 84 at lower right of the multiple with embossed BATH seal of the supplier of the paper (and ubiquitously found on many old entire letters). A late printing with many cliches now misaligned, fresh and very fine with large part or unmounted og.; margins all round and believed entirely unique. Cert. Mooorhouse (2011).rnProvenance: Collections Funkhauser and Longhi.rnrn (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..Jan-24, 11:59 PM
4116 image1871/72: 1 r. ultramarine on blued paper, lower marginal example, used on sheet of (2 + 2 reales) Papel Sellado, boldly cancelled by circular Floral handstamp in black with PELILEO / FRANCA datestamp (15 April, 1872) in red alongside. Folded well for Exhibit display, the ½ real franking paid for up to 1 ounce of documents - the same as for Postage.rnProvenance: Collection Dr. Hugo Goeggel, Corinphila sale 191, Nov 2014, lot 833. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..Jan-24, 11:59 PM
4117 imageFourth Printing Group 1870/72: 1 r. yellow, coarse printing on greyish blued paper, a used block of six (2 x 3) from base of sheet with horizontal marginal frameline, positions 68-69/77-78/86-87, grazed to large margins all round, manuscript cancelled (probably at Guaranda) but with closed tear at base, pinhole and slight thin due to cancellation. Nevertheless a very rare multiple with few known on this paper. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..Jan-24, 11:59 PM
4118 imageFourth Printing Group 1871/72: 1 real yellow on blued paper, a fine horizontal pair and a vertical pair, the latter just touched at top, used on 1872 entire letter at double rate from Guayaquil to Chaves in Lima, Peru and tied by bold strikes of dotted FRANCA lozenge in black. Manuscript "2" reales in blue crayon to denote the amount due from the recipient. Reverse with Lima arrival cds (Jan 31) in black. Mention is made in the letter of the PSNC Steamer 'Vapor Chile'. A scarce and attractive entire. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..Jan-24, 11:59 PM
4119 image1871/72: 1 real yellow on surface blued paper, the magnificent block of six (3 x 2) on 4 December 1871 entire letter to Lima, Peru at triple rate, margins just touched to huge on two sides, tied by two strikes of dotted FRANCA lozenge in black. Slight ironed file fold at top of entire, with crayon '2' for Peruvian double rate, Lima arrival cds (Dec 11) in black on reverse. An astonishing entire, the largest known block of the 1 real on surfaced blued paper recorded on letter. Cert. Moorhouse (2009).rnrnProvenance: Collection Alfred H. Caspary, Harmers, New York, 4 June 1958, lot 1021.rn Collection Fiorenzo Longhi, Investphila, 17-18 April 2010, lot 512.rn Collection Fiorenzo Longhi, Spink, Lugano, 7 June 2014, ex lot 111.rn (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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Closing..Jan-24, 11:59 PM
4120 imageFourth Printing Group 1873: 1 real pale orange on "Exercise Book" paper, two unused blocks of four, rejoined to form the lower right corner block, positions 62-63/71-72 and 80-81/89-90, with the final stamp showing the rounded SE corner; vertical frameline at right with thin inner frameline alongside; the excercise paper thin blued lines are barely visible on the front or reverse, however the reverse is unusually heavily gummed for any Ecuadorean first issue adhesive and the easiest way to identify this stamp - just two sheets were formerly held in the Stanley Gibbons reference collection hence their listing (Gi. 8). Faults to the multiple with closed marginal tear on the upper block and gum; see page on face but very rare. (Image 1)

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Closing..Jan-24, 11:59 PM

Europe

Bulgaria
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
5001 image1879 (May): 5 c. black on yellow and 10 c. black on green, fine examples used on 1881 entire letter to Varna, tied by Cyrillic TIRNOVO single ring datestamps in blue (June 5) with information strike above. Reverse with bilingual 'Tirnovo' cds in blue (same day) and Varna arrival cds (June 7). A magnificent first issue entire in wonderful quality. Signed Renato Mondolfo, Herbert Bloch.rnProvenance: Collection Franz See, Corinphila sale 62, May 1979, lot 2080. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..Jan-25, 11:59 PM
5002 image1879: 10 c. black on green used in combination with 1881 5 st. black on yellow (5, with a horizontal pair and single on reverse) and 15 st. carmine on green, used on 1881 registered cover to Moscow, cancelled by bilingual SOFIA datestamps (Aug 6) with reverse showing an array of transits: bilingual ROUSTCHOUK (Aug 8), border datestamps of UNGENI (Aug 11 and 12) where the letter crossed from Romania into Russian territory and two different MOSCOW arrival datestamps (Aug 15), one tying the single 5 st. on reverse. Closed opening tear at top of envelope but an astonishing mixed issue combination franking to a surprisingly rare destination. Signed Renato Mondolfo, Herbert Bloch. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..Jan-25, 11:59 PM
5003 image1879: 25 c. black on lilac, a fine horizontal pair of fresh colour, used on 1881 double rate cover to Wiborg endorsed via 'St. Petersburg', tied by bilingual ROUSTCHOUK cds in black (Sept 25). Reverse with further strike of Roustchouk cds, Urgeni transits (Sept 27) and St. Petersburg cds's (Sept 30, Oct 1). Obverse with Finnish 'Ank' marking (Oct 13g). Some minor edge wear to envelope but a magnificent and rare first issue cover.rnProvenance: Collection E.M. de Bustamente, DF, Zurich, 1-5 Nov 1994. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..Jan-25, 11:59 PM
5004 image1879 (July): 50 c. black on blue, a single example used on 1881 registered cover to Vienna tied by bilingual ROUSTCHOUK cds in blue (Feb 19) with repeated information strike below. Framed PREPORUCENO / RECOMMANDÉE handstamp of registration in blue alongside. Reverse with further Routschouk cds, Vienna cds and 'Abgeord: Haus / Wien' cds (March 3g). A superb and rare cover. Cert. Holcombe (1990). (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..Jan-25, 11:59 PM
5005 image1881: 5 st. black on yellow and 10 st. black on green used on 1881 single rate cover to Tirnovo tied by star in circle obliterator in black with bilingual ROUSTCHOUK despatch cds alongside (Nov 27). Reverse with cyrillic 'Tirnovo' arrival (Nov 28) struck in blue. A fine and most attractive cover.rnProvenance: Collection R.M. Stevens, DF, Zurich, 13 Sept 1990. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..Jan-25, 11:59 PM
5006 image1881: 10 st. black on green used with 1882 15 st. bright red on green on 1882 entire letter to Budapest tied by star in circle obliterator with bilingual SISTOV despatch cds in blue alongside (Nov 19). Reverse with bilingual 'Roustchouk' transit cds in black (Nov 20) and part Budapest arrival cds. A rare and attractive franking for the external single rate. Signed Herbert Bloch, Renato Mondolfo.rnProvenance: Collection Franz See, Corinphila sale 62, May 1979, lot 2111. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..Jan-25, 11:59 PM
5007 image1881: 25 st. black on lilac, a fine horizontal pair used on 1882 cover to Vienna at double rate, tied by star in circle obliterator with bilingual SOFIA datestamp above in black (April 7). Reverse with Vienna arrival cds (April 22g). Tiny envelope trim at right but a fresh and fine cover.rnProvenance: Collection R.M. Stevens, DF, Zurich, 13 Sept 1990. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..Jan-25, 11:59 PM
5008 image1882: 3 st. orange on yellow, 30 st. violet on greenish, 1886 2 st. deep green on grey and 1892 15 on 30 st. brown used on registered 1892 cover to Hemer, Germany all tied by neat strikes of ROUSTCHOUK datestamps (March 13) in black. Registration cachet above and reverse with Hemer arrival cds (March 30g). Philatelic but correctly rated and an attractive cover. Cert. Zagorsky (1992). (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..Jan-25, 11:59 PM
5009 image1882: 5 st. green on greenish, a single example used on 1886 flap unsealed cover to Philippople / Plovdiv tied by neat bilingual SOFIA cds (Sept 12) in black with bilingual Philippople arrival cds in blue on reverse. Unusual. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..Jan-25, 11:59 PM

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