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Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
4295 image1879 (Dec 15): Great Britain 1876/79 2½ d. rosy mauve pl. 14, tiny rust spot on one perf., used on 1879 cover front from Paphos to Edinburgh tied by fine "981." obliterator with PAPHO / CYPRUS circular datestamp (Dec 15, code B) superbly struck alongside at left, the latest recorded usage in Parmenter & Gordon (page 1/48). Exquisite and of great rarity.rnProvenance: Collection Violet Richardson, RL, London, 6 July 1960, lot 122; Harmers, London, 30 June 1969, lot 933; Collection Andrê Bollen, Köhler, Wiesbaden, 8 Feb 1983, lot 22; Christie's, London, 10 June 1993, lot 1266. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF1,750.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
Malta
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
4296 image1855 (April 9): France 1853 20 c. blue imperforate, used example with large margins all round tied to 1855 cover from Malta to Blois, France by large part "MALTA" double arc datestamp in black (April 9) with repeated strike above displaying well on reverse flap. 'Poss. Angl. / Marseille' entry marking in red (April 15) and reverse with Paris and Blois cds's in black. An extraordinary usage - the sole such recorded on a French adhesive.rnProvenance: Collection Plastiras Foster, Jamet, Paris, 26 March 1990, lot 141; Lugdunum, Lyon, 9 Dec 2002, lot 231.rnNote: The British Administration of the Malta Post Office commenced, somewhat unsuccessfully from late August 1857. Prior to this date all letters posted with adhesive stamps in Malta were those carried there by the sender.rn (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF5,500.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4297 image1883 (June 20): Great Britain 1881 2½ d. blue pl. 23, the famous single example used on 1883 cover from Malta to Vizzini, Sicily boldly tied by double arc "MALTA" datestamp (June 20) in black. Reverse with Siracusa cds (June 22) and Vizzini arrival (June 23). One or two closed opening tears at top of no significance, this being the sole recorded usage of this datestamp as a cancellation device. Mentioned in Parmenter & Gordon on page 1/15. An exhibition item and stunningly attractive.rnProvenance: Collection Andrê Bollen, Köhler, Wiesbaden, 8 Feb 1983, lot 145; Collection 'De Boer', Corinphila sale 100, Zurich, 16-21 June 1997, lot 4780. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF5,000.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4298 image1856 (April 23): France 1853 20 c. blue imperforate, used example with ragged but near complete margins all round, on 1856 entire letter written from Malta to Paris tied by superb strike of the Malta "Wavy Lines" handstamp applied at Valletta in black. Double arc despatch datestamp (April 23) displaying well on the reverse in black, 'Poss. Angl. / Marseille' entry marking in red (April 28) and Paris arrival (April 29) on reverse. Taxed as unpaid with '8' dêcimes charge marking, double the correct 40 centimes rate and not taking into account the prepayment. One of the the most important items of Maltese, French and Mediterranean Postal History. A wonderful and extremely rare entire, the sole recorded usage of this handstamp on an adhesive of any country other than Great Britain and a unique usage on letter. Cert. J. Robineau & V. Pothion.rnNote: The British Administration of the Malta Post Office commenced, somewhat unsuccessfully from late August 1857. Prior to this date all letters posted with adhesive stamps in Malta were those carried there by the sender.rnProvenance: Collection Dubus, Druout, Paris, 6-7 Oct 1988, lot 179. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4299 image1855 (Oct 7): Great Britain 1855 1 d. red-brown, wmk. Large Crown, perf. 14, lettered MD, a single example tied by fine strike of the Malta "Wavy Lines" handstamp applied at Valletta in black to Soldier's concessionary rate cover to Bedford, endorsed at top "From No. 4857 Pte. Wm. Roe, 57th K.O.L.I" (King's Own Light Infantry - the "Die Hards") and countersigned by Commanding Offficer at left. Reverse with double arc MALTA datestamp of despatch (Oct 7) in black, London transit in red and Bedford arrival in green (Oct 25). Two examples are known of this Soldier's Letter usage (the other ex Alcock), this being undoubtedly the finer. A dramatic and famous cover. Cert. RPSL (1963).rnProvenance: Collection Grant Glassco, RL, London, 25-27 Nov 1969, lot 1180; RL, Basel, 25 Oct 1977, lot 31; Collection Dr. Gordon Latto, Phillips, London, 28 Oct 1993, lot 87. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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SOLD for CHF19,000.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4300 image1856 (Feb): Great Britain 1855 2 d., wmk. Large Crown, perf. 14, plate 5, lettered EA, a single example tied by good strike of the Malta "Wavy Lines" handstamp applied at Valletta in black to Sailor's concessionary rate cover to Chatham, Kent endorsed at top "From George Francis, Seaman / HMS Viper, Malta" and countersigned by his Commanding Officer "H.R.Harris" below; the reverse with London cds (Feb 20) and double arc Chatham arrival (Feb 21) struck in blue. A great rarity - the 2 d. adhesive is listed but unpriced by Stanley Gibbons, this being the sole recorded example used on letter, being used to pay the concessionary rate and the Captain's gratuity. Wonderful and unique.rnProvenance: Robson Lowe, Geneva, 30 April 1976, lot 1029. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF15,000.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4301 image1855 (July 3): Great Britain 1847 Embossed 1 s. green, a single example with large margins on three sides and barely shaved at left, used with 1855 1 d. red-brown, Die II, wmk. Large Crown, perf. 16 lettered RI, each tied by the superb strikes of the Malta "Wavy Lines" handstamp applied at Valletta in black to 1855 cover endorsed 'via Marseilles' and mailed to Market Harborough. Carried by French Packet at rate of 1/1d. for a letter under ½ ounce. Reverse with double arc MALTA despatch cds (July 3) in black, London transit cds in red and 'Market Harbough' arrival cds in green (July 10). Small imperfections of absolutely no significance. One of the the most important items of both Maltese and Mediterranean Postal History. A stunning cover of great rarity. Unique.rnProvenance: Plumridges, London, 1 Nov 1917; Article by Bertram McGowan in 'The British Philatelist', April 1930, page 12; Exhibited at the Royal Jubilee Exhibition, Royal Philatelic Society, London, 1935; Collection H.A. Cann, Harmers, London, 15 June 1970, lot 3; Collection Francisco, Christie's, London, 22 March 1989, lot 2093. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF20,000.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4302 image1858 (Feb 1): Great Britain 1855 1 d. red-brown on blued, Die II, wmk. Large Crown perf. 14 and 2 d. blue wmk. Large Crown, perf. 14, pl. 5 used on 1858 cover from Malta to Rome tied by "M" obliterators in black with fair only 'P.' in red and fine VIA DI MARE in red alongside and rated '24' bajocchi to pay upon receipt (Feb 11). Two cover bends away from the adhesives but an attractive cover. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF480.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4303 image1858 (March 20): Great Britain 1855 1 d. red-brown on blued, wmk. Large Crown, perf. 14 and rare 1854 2 d. blue, wmk. Small Crown, perf. 16, pl. 4 in two vertical pairs (MI/NI and OJ/PJ), used on 1858 cover from Malta to Rear Admiral Robert Smart in London endorsed 'Royal Albert' tied by five strikes of the "M" obliterator, paying the 9d. rate via Marseilles for an under ¼ ounce letter. Reverse with doube ring 'MALTA / PAID' despatch in red (March 20) and London arrival (March 26) in red. Lower pair over the edge of the base of envelope but most attractive and extremely rare.rnProvenance: Collection E.E. Yates, RL, London, 31 July-1 Aug 1940, lot 585; Harmers, London, 27 Oct 1941, lot 14; Collection Edward Tresoldi Granger, Harmers, London, 26-27 Jan 1959, lot 4; Collection H.A. Cann, Harmers, London, 15 June 1970, lot 19; Collection Francisco, Christie's, London, 22 March 1989, lot 2163.rnrn (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF1,500.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4304 image1857 (Nov 27): Great Britain 1857 1 d. red star, perf. 14 and 1857 4 d. rose in a horizontal pair used on 1857 cover from Malta to Newbury, Berks., endorsed 'Paid 9d. via Marseilles', tied by three fine strikes of the "M" obliterator with reverse showing double arc 'Malta' in black (Nov 27), London cds in red and 'Newbury' arrival cds in blue (Dec 3). Small closed tear in flap otherwise fine. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF240.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4305 image1858 (Jan 9): Great Britain 1857 1 d. red star, perf. 14, 1857 4 d. rose in a horizontal pair and 1856 1 s. green used on 1858 cover from Malta to Edinburgh at 1/9 d. rate for between ¾ oz. to 1 ounce rate, all tied by four bold strikes of the "M" obliterator. 'London / Paid' cds in red of transit at left (Jan 14) and reverse with seal renoved and faint double arc 'Malta' cds (Jan 9) and Edinburgh (Jan 15) arrival. Slight crease and perforations slightly off the edge of the cover but a rare and appealing three colour franking. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF600.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4306 image1858 (Dec 18): Great Britain 1858 2 d. blue pl. 7, a horizontal pair used on 1858 cover from Malta addressed to "HMS Wanderer" care of the British Consul in Constantinople, tied by two strikes of thee "M" obliterator with 'British Post Office / Constantinople' arrival cds on reverse (Dec 27) in red. Flap missing but an attractive cover.rnrn (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF360.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4307 image1859 (Jan 15): Great Britain 1856 6 d. lilac used on 1859 cover to Naples tied by "M" obliterator with Maltese oval "P." in red, reverse with single ring 'Malta' despatch cds (Jan 15) in red. Naples scrolled arrival handstamp in red and rated '31' grana to pay. A fine cover. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF240.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4308 image1879 (May 28): Great Britain 1870 ½ d. pl. 13 used on unsealed Printed Matter rate cover from Malta to Livorno tied by horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (May 28), reverse with Siracusa transit (May 30) and Livorno arrival (June 1). A fresh and fine cover. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF320.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4309 image1879 (March 4): Great Britain 1870 ½ d. rose-red pl. 15, a single and a block of four used on 1879 cover from Malta tied by two strikes of the horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (March 4) with London arrival on reverse (March 12). A few wrinkles to the envelope but a charming and scarce usage. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF340.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4310 image1864 (March 1): Great Britain 1857 1 d. red star, wmk. Large Crown, perf. 14, two horizontal strips of three lettered NG-NI and OG-OI, used on 1864 cover to York endorsed "At Sea March 1st." and "via Marseilles", tied by three strikes of the horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex with octagonal framed "MALTA / MB" Mobile Box datestamp below (March 2) in black. 'London / Paid' transit in red on front and reverse with York arrival cds (March 8). A delightful and rare cover. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF600.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4311 image1862 (Feb 14): Great Britain 1857 1 d. red star, wmk. Large Crown, perf. 14, tied to 1862 outer wrapper of Prices Current used from Malta to Alexandria by horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (Feb 14). A very rare stamp, especially so on letter. Ex collection Lloyd-Lowles. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF420.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4312 image1874 (Dec 29): Great Britain 1864/79 1 d. red pl. 173, two horizontal pairs used on 1874 entire letter from Malta to Corfu, Ionian Islands endorsed 'via Brindisi' tied by three strikes of the horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (Dec 29). Underpaid and struck with straight line INSUFFICIENTLY-PREPAID handstamp in black (later than the recorded use in Parmenter & Gordon page 1/16) and struck with '12½' credit mark to Italy in black above. Reverse with datestamps of Siracusa, Messina and Brindisi (Jan 2, 1875). Taxed on arrival at full rate of 65 lepta from Brindisi with Greek Large Hermes 1872/75 5 l. green on greenish, 20 l. deep blue and 40 l. pale rose on blued tied in black. A rare cover. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF1,800.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4313 image1879 (Feb 3): Great Britain 1864/79 1 d. red pl. 195 and 1876/79 2½ d. rosy mauve pl. 13 used on 1879 cover from Malta to London each tied by horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (Feb 3). Struck at right with the rare circular "F.L." in black - the transposed LATE FEE marking (unlisted by Parmenter & Gordon) borne out by the additional 1 d. paid above the normal UPU rate. A rare cover.rnProvenance: Collection Francisco, Christie's, London, 22 March 1989, lot 2250. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF600.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4314 image1869 (Nov 16): Great Britain 1864/79 1 d. red pl. 124, 1865 4 d. vermilion pl. 11 and 1867 6 d. violet pl. 8 used on 1869 entire letter from Malta to New York endorsed 'via Southampton' tied by horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (Nov 17) with 'London / Paid' transit cds (Nov 27) and carried on the Cunard Steamer 'Cuba'. Red '2 / Cents' credit marking under 'New York / Paid All' cds of arrival in red (Dec 9). Small imperfections with piece missing from face panel and file folds but an attractive three colour usage.rn Provenance: Collection Leslie Wheeler, RL, London, 25 March 1986, lot 959. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF400.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM

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