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Finland
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
4255 imageCrimean War / Baltic Fleet 1855 (July 11) Great Britain 1854 1 d. red, wnk. Small Crown, Die II, perf. 14, a used strip of three lettered SB-SD, on entire letter from Sveaborg, Finland to Bungay, Suffolk all tied by London '10' obliterators in black in transit with extremely rare framed "ESCADRE DE LA BALTIQUE" handstamp in red and arriving back in the UK by way of Calais (Aug 17) and thence to Bungay (Aug 18) with green double arc arrival also on obverse and manuscript '5' at left (4 d. from France + 1 d. internal) but apparently not charged. An extraordinarily rare entire with interesting Naval content and the only cover with British adhesives bearing this French Handstamp from the Baltic Fleet. Cert. BPA (1978).rnProvenance: Collection Griffitt Blackler, Harmers London 18-20 May 1992, lot 1786. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Brit. Colonies

Brit. Post Turkey
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
4256 imageConstantinople 1880 (May 11): Great Britain 1870 ½ d. pl.14 and 1864/79 1 d. red pl. 207 in a vertical pair used on cover from Constantinople to Bath endorsed 'Private, via Varna' tied by three strikes of the "C" in bars obliterator with single ring 'British Post Office / Constantinople' cds in red alongside (May 11). Reverse with Bath arrival cds (May 17). Most attractive. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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4257 image1873 (March): Great Britain 1867 10 d. red-brown, two examples used on 1873 double rate cover from Constantinople to the Octacamund Lawrence Asylum in Madras, India (founded in 1858 for the children of European soldiers) tied by two bold strikes of the "C" in bars obliterator with British P.O. "Alexandria" transit cds below (March 25) in black. Reverse with fine embossed Crown Crest initials LZAN in colour, fair 'British Post Office / Constantinople' cds in red and oval 'Sea Post Office' datestamp and Octacamund arrival (April 11). Slight bends but a rare franking.rnProvenance: Christie's, London, 9 Oct 1984, lot 501. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Malta
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
4258 image1856: Cover probably mailed either from the Crimea or, more likely from Constantinople and addressed to London; franked by 1855 1 d. red-brown, wmk. Small Crown perf. 14 and 2 d. blue pl. 4, single example lettered PD and a horizontal strip of four OD-OG all cancelled by ink manuscript from the Crimea/Constantinople to London. Reverse with Malta double arc cds in black (Jan) and London arrival (Jan 21, 1856 but faint strike) in red alongside embossed flap reading "Soyez Ferme" (Be Steadfast) with Dragon vignette of the Hyde family. One 2 d. with small fault but a wonderful and extremely rare cover.rnNote: Robson Lowe article accompanies the lot stating January 1855, we however feel the date of the letter to be 1856. The letter was correctly franked with 11d. for the British Packet letter rate to Britain and handed directly to the packet at Constantinople leaving for Malta. The Contract packet employed in conveying the Mails did not, in 1856, have their own numeral cancellator on board, the Mail officer cancelled the adhesives with a wavy pen stroke. Unfortunately the letter missed the P.&O. packet 'ALMA' at Malta (9 January 1856) en route from Alexandria to Southampton by one day. In order not to wait two weeks for the next P.&O. packet leaving Malta for Southampton, the letter was mailed on from Malta on 10 January 1856 by 'Closed Mail' via Marseilles by French Packet which required 1s. 9d. postage. The 11d. prepaid was not accepted as part payment when conveyed by French Packet (Moubray states "Underpaid: As unpaid"), and therefore taxed as unpaid with '1/9' in black ink to be paid by the recipient on delivery in London. rnAnother cover dated 31 July 1855 which may confirm the practise of pen-cancelling late letters directly handed to the Mail packet is recorded bearing POST OFFICE BRITISH ARMY (code 'B' / Balaklava) datestamp on reverse addressed to Gibraltar. The five 1d. adhesives are also pen-cancelled (on board the Mail Packet from Constantinople?) and charged additional 5d. for the deficient amount for a letter by British Packet to Gibraltar. The address on both pen-cancelled letters may or may not be from the same sender. Copy with the lot.rnWe do concur that the address to the Union Bank of London, 4 Pall Mall, London with "A & N Club" at lower left was probably a request from the writer to the Bank to pay his annual dues for membership of the Army & Navy Club.rnrnProvenance: Collection T.V. Roberts, RL, London, 26 April 1989, lot 2164.rn (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Brit. Post Turkey
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
4259 imageBeirut 1874 (Jan 1): Great Britain 1864 1 d. red pl. 138, 1873 3 d. rose pl. 11 and 1873 6 d. grey pl. 12 used on 1874 cover from Beirut to New York endorsed 'via Southampton' tied by three strikes of "G06" obliterator with fine 'British Post Office / Beyrout' cds in black alongside (Jan 1). Reverse with 'Alexandria' transit cds of British P.O. (Jan 8) and 'New York / Paid All' arrival in red and '2 / Cents' credit marking on obverse. A charming and rare three colour Transatlantic franking.rnProvenance: Collection 'Cihangir', Corinphila sale 123, Zurich, 23-25 Oct 2000, lot 2143.rn (Image 1) (Image 2)

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4260 image1874 (Sept 10): Combination cover from Beirut to Marseille, France franked by Great Britain 1858/69 2 d. blue pl. 14, single example tied by "G06" obliterator with 'British Post Office / Beyrout' cds in black alongside (Sept 10, code C) paying rate to Alexandria and France 1870 Siège 40 c. orange in vertical pair tied by dotted "5080" gros chiffres of French P.O. in Alexandria with datestamp of same below (Sept 14). Framed small cartridge "Paquebots / De La / Mediterranêe" in red and reverse with Marseille arrival.A beautiful combination cover in the finest quality.rnProvenance: Christies, London, 25 May 1995, lot 2016. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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4261 image1874 (Aug 13): Combination cover from Beirut to Lyon, France franked by Great Britain 1865 4 d. vermilion pl. 13 tied by bold "G06" obliterator with 'British Post Office / Beyrout' cds in black alongside (Aug 13, code C) paying double rate to Alexandria and France Ceres 1871/75 80 c. carmine in a horzontal pair tied by "5080" gros chiffres in black with "ALEXANDRIE / EGYPTE" datestamp in black (Aug 17). Struck with framed AFFRANCHISEMENT / INSUFFISANT in black at left and charged due at '14' dêcimes in manuscript. Reverse with 'Marseilleà Lyon' TPO and Lyon arrival (Aug 25). A famous and magnificent cover.rnProvenance: Collection Andrê Bollen, Köhler. Wiesbaden, 8 Feb 1983, lot 278; Collection 'Cihangir', Corinphila sale 121, Zurich, 29 April-1 May 2000, lot 2695. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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4262 image1876 (Feb 3): Great Britain 1876 2½ d. rosy mauve pl. 1, two verticasl pairs forming a block of four, used on 1876 cover at single rate from Beirut to Calcutta endorsed 'voie Suez & Bombay' cancelled by two strikes of the "G06" obliterator in black. Fine circular 'British Post Office / Beyrout' cds in black adjacent (Feb 3). Reverse with British P.O. 'Alexandria' cdds (Feb 6) and thence via Suez carried on the ''Bangalore" with 'Sea Post Office / D' datestamp in black (Feb 11). Cover abrasions but a very scarce usage.rnProvenance: Collection Andrê Bollen, Köhler, Wiesbaden, 8 Feb 1983, lot 285. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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4263 imageSmyrna 1876 (April 29): Great Britain 1875 2½ rosy mauve, pl. 2 used on 1876 entire letter from Smyrna to London endorsed 'via Marseilles' tied by "F87" obliterator with neat SMYRNA datestamp at left (May 5) in black. London arrival (May 12) in red on reverse. Superb. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Egypt Kingdom
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
4264 image1870 (Nov 29): Great Britain 1864/79 1 d. red pl. 127, two vertical pairs and 1867/70 6 d. violet pl. 9 in a horizontal pair used on 1870 registered cover from Alexandria to 'Osman Bey Josephe' at the St. James Hotel in London, the adhesives tied by fair to fine strikes of the "BO1" obliterator with scarce circular "REGISTERED / ALEXANDRIA" datestamp in red (Nov 29). 'Registered / London' arrival on front (Dec 10) and reverse with five wax seals as shown in negatibe form on the obverse. A few blunted perfs. but a charming and scarce registered usage. Signed Todd AIEP.rnProvenance: Collection Grant Glassco, RL, London, 25-27 Nov 1969, lot 1289; Collection Emile Antonini, DF, Zuricch, 13 April 1983, lot 32169; Collection Vivien Sussex, Cavendish, Derby, 6 March 2002, lot 332. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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4265 image1874 (June 23): Great Britain 1865/73 4 d. vermilion, a horizontal pair and a block of four used on cover from Alexandria to London endorsed 'via Marseilles' tied by six strikes of the "BO1" obliterator with 'Alexandria' cds below (June 23). Shortpaid with framed INSUFFICIENTLY PREPAID handstamp applied in black and manuscript '4' alongside. Struck on arrival in London with circular MORE / TO / PAY and Foreign Branch datestamp (July 1), charged '1/2d.' to pay in manuscript. Some wrinkles to the adhesives and envelope but the sole recorded usage of this stamp in a block of four on cover from Alexandria. Signed Todd AIEP.rnProvenance: Christies, RL, 11/12 Jan. 1984, lot 855. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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4266 image1871 (April 22): Great Britain 1865 4 d. vermilion pl. 12, 1867 6 d. violet pl. 8 and 1 s. green pl. 4 used on cover from Alexandria to Newcastle on Tyne endorsed 'via Brindisi', tied by two strikes of the "BO1" obliterator with fair 'Alexandria' cds at left (April 22) in black. Reverse with Newcastle on Tyne arrival cds (April 29). A fine and scarce three colour franking.rnProvenance: Lugdunum, Lyons, 10 March 2008, lot 529; Collection Adriano Landini, Spink, London, 2 May 2012, lot 77. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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4267 image1868 (July 18): Great Britain 1867 6 d. lilac pl. 6, a horizontal pair used on 1868 cover from Alexandria to London endorsed 'With the English Steamer', tied by three strikes of the "BO1" obliterator with 'Alexandria' despatch datestamp below in black. Scarce early usage of two line "POSTED AFTER / DEPARTURE OF PACKET" instructional marking at left in black. 'London / Paid' arrival in red (Aug 1). Overall soiling but a rare cover. Signed Todd AIEP.rnProvenance: Collection Kuyas, SG, London, 31 May-1 June 1979, lot 16. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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4268 image1868 (Aug 19): Great Britain 1867/70 6 d. violet pl. 6 in a horizontal pair, used on 1868 entire from Alexandria to London endorsed 'per French Packet via Marseilles', tied by "ALEXANDRIA / BO1" duplex in black (Aug 19) with 'London / Paid' cds below (Aug 27) in red. A fine and attractive cover. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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4269 image1868 (May 9): Combination Printed Matter entire letter mailed from Vienna to Bombay, India franked on despatch with 1867 3 kr. pale green in a horizontal strip of three (Michel 36) cancelled by "Wien" despatch cds's (May 9) in black. Triest oval transit on reverse (May 10) and thence to Alexandria where Great Britain 1867/73 3 d. rose pl. 4 was applied for onward transmission tied by "BO1" obliterator and ´Alexandria´ cds (May 22) in black. Bombay arrival datestamps (June 5) in black on front and back. The entire mentions an enclosure with the Investment Prospectus, overall soiling and splits on folds commensurate with journey and handling but an extraordinary item of great rarity. Cert BPA (2020).rnProvenance: Collection Cicurel, Harmers London, 19-21 June 1961, lot 725; Collection Andrê Bollen, Köhler, Wiesbaden, 8 Feb 1983, lot 212. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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4270 image1865 (May 4): Combination cover from Triest to Bombay, India: Austria Arms 1864 issue issue 2 kr. yellow, 5 kr. rose-red and horizontal strip of four 15 kr. brown, perf. 9½, (Michel 30+32+34) all tied by oval framed "Triest" datestamps (4/5) in black, to entire letter to Bombay with Great Britain 1865 3 d. rose pl. 4 and 9 d. straw, this last listed but not priced by SG, tied by smudged strikes of the "BO1" obliterator in black. Reverse of entire with manuscript '52' kreuzer rate, ALEXANDRIA cds in black (May 10) and Bombay arrival cds (May 27) in red. The stamps with various elements of aging espccially so on the British adhesives but a very rare entire - the sole example this describer has seen with the British rate of 1 shilling made up with a 3d. and 9d. adhesive.rnNote: The contents of the letter are interesting "What do you think of the decision of the American question, at least I suppose it is decided now after (General Robert E.) Lee's capture, although affairs there must be in a queer state owing to the murder of Lincoln & Seward, what a mess...Servants here in the lodging are the worst of that community I have ever seen, most filthy in person, careless and stupid...". (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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4271 image1865 (Sept 19): Combination cover to Shanghai, China: Austria 1864 Arms issue 2 kr. yellow, 5 kr. rose-red and horizontal strip of four 15 kr. brown, perf. 9½, (Michel 30+32+34) all tied by oval framed "Triest" datestamps (19/9) in black, to cover from the Danish Consul in Triest to the Danish Consul in Shanghai, overlapped by Great Britain 1865 6 d. lilac pl. 5 in a horizontal pair tied by "BO1" obliterators in black. Reverse with framed 'Consulat Genêral de Danemarcà Trieste' cachet and embossed Consular seal, large "15/52" kreuzer handstamp in black (Van der Linden fig. 3156) and single ring datestamps of ALEXANDRIA in black, HONG KONG in black (Nov 16) and SHANGHAE arrival cds in blue (Nov 21). A stunning combination cover in glorious condition and visually most impressive. Signed internally by Pfenninger.rnProvenance: Köhler sale 249, Wiesbaden, 5-8 Feb 1986, lot 5949. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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4272 imageCairo 1870 (Jan 24): Great Britain 1867/80 6 d. violet pl. 8 with three single examples and a horizontal strip of four with wing margin over edge of envelope, used with 1867/73 3 d. rose pl. 5, fault at base, on 1870 cover from Cairo to Philadelphia, USA tied by eight strikes of the "BO1" obliterator with the 3 d. tied by CAIRO despatch cds (Jan 24) in blue. 'London / Paid' transit cds (Feb 7) on front in red and reverse with oval framed 'Tod, Rathbone & Co. / Cairo' Agent's marking and Philadelphia arrival cds (Feb 19). Despite the imperfection a most attractive and rare 3/9d. triple rate usage.rnProvenance: Collection Kuyas, SG, London, 31 May-1 June 1979, lot 20. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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4273 image1856 (Dec 19): Entire letter written from Calcutta to Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, mailed by the brother of Henry Crooke of Gippsland on his return back to England from India and endorsed 'Per Steamer from Suez', prepaid '1/-' in red manuscript and struck with very fine "♚ / PAID / AT / SUEZ" in black. Reverse with fine double arc SUEZ datestamp (March 28, 1857) in black and partial strike of Victoria arrival in red. Internal docketing "Rec'd 2 May" and interesting comments on the ability of horses and horse racing in India, as the addressee wished to be sent an Arab stallion for his holding in Gippsland. One of very few known covers with this marking and one of just two examples to Australia recorded (the other being ex Chalhoub, Oct 2020, lot 20077). Signed Todd AIEP Gi = £ 6'000. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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4274 image1873 (Feb 23): Great Britain 1864/79 1 d. red pl. 157, nine examples used on 1873 cover from Suez to London endorsed 'By Italy' all tied by nine strikes of the "BO2" obliterator with SUEZ datestamp alongside of despatch (Feb 23) and 'London / Paid' arrival cds (March 3) in red. One stamp with small closed tear not affecting the most attractive appearance, the sole recorded usage of this Plate Number at Suez. A very scarce cover. Signed Todd AIEP. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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