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Malta continued...
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
4315 image1870 (March 16): Registered cover from Malta to Livorno endorsed 'col Vapore postali Italiano' franked by Great Britain 1864/79 1 d. red pl. 111 in a horizontal pair and 1865 1 s. green pl. 4, all cancelled by neat "A25" obliterators in black. Superb strike of circular "REGISTERED / MALTA" datestamp in red alongside - the earliest recorded usage of this marking. The cover endorsed as weighing "gr. 6½" (below a ¼ of an ounce) and strangely treated as double rate (note '2' in red at top) alongside Too Late 'DOPO LA / PARTENZA' handstamp in black. Manuscript '5½' (55 centesimi) credit to Italy on front. Reverse with Siracusa cds, Napoli Ferrovia cds and Livorno arrival (March 21). A charming and rare cover.rnProvenance: Collection 'Disraeli', Cavendish, 11 June 1994, lot 153; Cavendish, Derby, 8 March 2017. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF1,000.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4316 image1863 (April 4): Great Britain 1858/69 2 d. blue pl. 9, a vertical pair used on 1863 cover from Malta to Messina, tied by horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex in black (April 4). Underpaid for double rate with '2' at upper left and struck with INSUFFICIENTLY-PAID handstamp in black as shortpaid 2 d. and manuscript alteration alongside '2½' and red '1¼' equate to the '4¾' pence to be credited to the Italian Post Office; struck with fine PIROSCAFI / POSTALI / FRANCESI in black and '14' centesemi to collect on arrival in Messina (April 6). A charming and rare cover. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF750.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4317 image1859 (Sept 3): Great Britain 1858/69 2 d. blue pl. 7, 1857 4 d. rose and 1856 1 s. green used on triple rate cover from Malta to London endorsed 'via Marseilles', all tied by horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (Sept 3). 'London / Paid' arrival in red (Sept 8) alongside. The adhesives applied slightly towards the edge but a charming cover, addressed to the Lord Chief Justice of Malta, the Honourable Sir Adrian Dingli, and a most attractive three colour franking. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF480.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4318 image1864 (Dec 31): Great Britain 1858/69 2 d. blue pl. 9 and 1862 1 s. green used on cover with full contents from Malta to 'Hooker Post Office', Wisconsin, USA tied by light strike of horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex and by neat strike of 'London / Paid' transit in red (Jan 8). Carried on the Inman Line Steamer 'Glasgow' in closed bag with 'CHICAGO AM PKT / 5' datestamp (Jan 31) in blue on obverse and rated '16' cents credit to USA in manuscript. Some edge wear to envelope but a scarce and delightful cover. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF300.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4319 image1876 (April 14): Great Britain 1875/76 2½ d. rosy mauve, pl. 2, a used example with variety "LH / FL" error of lettering on 1876 envelope from Malta to Pangbourne near Reading tied by horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (April 14) with reverse showing Reading (April 19) and Pangbourne datestamps in black. The rare adhesive with some age spots and the cover sensibly restored at top for display, the extent of which can be seen on the original certificate. The sole recorded usage of this stamp on letter in Malta. Unique. Cert. RPSL (1928) Gi = £ 3'500 off cover.rnProvenance: Collection H.S. Damsell, RL, London, 16 Nov 1955, lot 79; Collection George Coates, RL, London, 7 Nov 1990, lot 1284. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF2,400.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4320 image1881 (Feb 10): Great Britain 1880 2½ d. blue pl. 20, single and vertical pair, used with 1880 1 d. venetian red in a horizontal pair, on registered triple rate cover from Malta to Naples tied by five strikes of the "A25" obliterator. Oval sender's cachet in violet at left and, alongside, the earliest recorded oval "REGISTERED / MALTA" datestamp in red (Feb 10). Reverse with Naples arrival (Feb 12). File fold well away from the adhesives, a very scarce cover. Ex Cole & Abrahamson.rnProvenance: Collection Leslie Wheeler, RL, London, 25 March 1986, lot 941. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4321 image1882 (Jan 27): Great Britain 1881 2½ d. blue pl. 22, a single example used on 1882 cover from Malta to Vizzini, Sicily tied by first vertical "MALTA / A25" duplex (Jan 27, code D), missing that day's post and struck with perfect "TOO-LATE" in black alongside. Backstamped Siracusa (Jan 29) and Vizzini (Jan 30). Charming and rare. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF600.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4322 image1881 (May 9): Great Britain 1881 2½ d. blue pl. 21 in a horizontal pair used with 1880 1 d. venetian red, this last paying the Late Fee, on cover from Malta to Naples tied by first vertical "MALTA / A25" duplex (May 9, code C). Circular transposed "F.L." struck in black alongside and reverse with Naples arrival and distribution handstamp (May 11). Central file fold well away from the adhessives, trivial aging around perfs. but a very rare handstamp.rnProvenance: Collection Leslie Wheeler, RL, London, 25 March 1986, lot 903. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF500.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4323 image1866 (Jan 30): Great Britain 1865 3 d. rose pl. 4 and 1862 4 d. vermilion, three examples on 1866 entire letter at triple rate from Malta to Barcelona endorsed 'via Marseilles', tied by horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (Jan 31). Oval framed 'P-F' below and Marseille transit on obverse with "8Rs." due marking applied on arrival. Reverse with 'Tarasconà Carcassonne' TPO, 'Espana / La Junquera' cds in blue and Barcelona arrival (Feb 7). A few imperfections but a most appealing entire.rnProvenance: Collection Francisco, Christie's, London, 22 March 1989, lot 2303. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF350.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4324 image1868 (July 23): Great Britain 1867 3 d. bright rose pl. 5, 6 d. lilac pl. 6 and 1 s. green pl. 4, used on 1868 registered cover from Malta via Messina to Constantinople, tied by horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (July 23) with "♚ / REGISTERED" in red alongside. Reverse with 'British Post Office / Constantinople' arrival cds (Aug 7) on reverse. Minor wrinkles but a delightful three colour registered usage. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF420.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4325 image1862 (Feb 14): Great Britain 1857 4 d. rose-carmine in a horizontal strip of three and 1856 1 s. green in a vertical pair, used on six times rate cover from Malta to London endorsed 'via Marseilles' tied by horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (Feb 14) in black with 'London / Paid' arrival datestamp in red (Feb 18) alongside. Faults to the 4 d. strip of three but a rare rate and not unattractive.rnProvenance: Collection Francisco, Christie's, London, 22 March 1989, lot 2308. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF400.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4326 image1862 (Nov 24): Great Britain 1862 4 d. vermilion-red used on 1862 cover from Malta to Catania tied by horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (Nov 24) with fine circular Forwarding Agent's cachet AGENCE GENERALE DE NAVIAGTION A VAPEUR / AGENCE DE MALTE / BAZIN, LEON GAY & CIE cachet in black at left and oval 'P-D.' in red at right. Catania arrival cds (Nov 25) on reverse of a fine cover.rnProvenance: Collection Dr. Camillery, Christie's, London, 14 May 1991, lot 178. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF380.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4327 image1873 (May 20): Great Britain 1865/73 4 d. vermilion pl. 13 used on 1873 entire letter from Tripoli, Libya to Genova endorsed 'via Messina' at base, tied by neat horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (May 23) with sender's cachet at left and unlisted Forward Agent's cachet "Received & Forwarded / by R. SOLER / Malta" in black alongside. Framed "P.D. / 2¾" credit marking also on front of a rare and charming entire.rnProvenance: Collection Francisco, Christie's, London, 22 March 1989, lot 2058. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF1,000.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4328 image1861 (May 10): Great Britain 1856 6 d. lilac in a horizontal pair, one stamp with closed tear at base, used on 1861 registered cover from Malta to Grantown, Scotland at single rate (6 d. plus 6 d. registration) tied by horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (May 10) in black with "♚ / REGISTERED" applied on despatch and extremely rare unframed "MALTA / ♚ / REGISTERED" applied at the Foreign Branch on arrival in London. Oval 'Registered / London' datestamp also on obverse (May 16) with all three markings in red. Reverse with Aberdeen cds, Craicellachie and Grantown cds's (May 17). Edge wear and horizontal creases of no great significance to a cover of the utmost rarity, showing the latest recorded usage of the "MALTA / ♚ / REGISTERED". (Image 1) (Image 2)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4329 image1861 (May 17): Great Britain 1856 6 d. lilac used on cover from Malta to London endorsed 'via Marseilles', tied by horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (May 17). 'London / Paid' arrival in red (May 22) on front and re-addressed to Alton, Hampshire with 1 d. red tied by 'London / W11' sideways duplex (May 23). A fresh and fine cover.rnProvenance: Collection Baron Jacob von Uexkull, DF, 19 Nov 1997, lot 20885. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF175.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4330 image1870 (Aug 30): Great Britain 1867 6 d. violet pl. 8 and 1 s. green pl. 4 used on registered 1870 cover from Malta to Naples carried at triple rate, tied by three strikes of the "A25" obliterator with manuscript Italian credit '8½' alongside. Fine circular "REGISTERED / MALTA" datestamp below (Aug 30) in red with 'P.D.' also on obverse. Reverse with Naples arrival (Sept 2). A delightful and very rare cover. Ex Cole and Abrahamson. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF500.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4331 image1873 (Aug 12): Great Britain 1867 10 d. red-brown, a horizontal pair used on 1873 cover from Malta to Livorno endorsed 'Col Postali Italiano' paying the quintuple rate tied by horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (Aug 12). Red 'P.D.' at left and reverse with Siracusa transit cds and Livorno arrival (Aug 16). A high rate and a scarce and attractive franking. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF440.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4332 image1862 (March 28): Great Britain 1856 1 s. green, single and horizontal strip of three tied to 1862 cover from Malta to London endorsed 'Via Messina', carried at eight times the 6 d. rate and tied by neat strikes of horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex in black (March 28). 'London / Paid' arrival cds (April 3) in red at left. Two ironed file folds do not detract from the rarity or beauty of the cover.rnProvenance: Collection "Disraely", Cavendish, Derby, 11 June 1994, lot 66. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF1,000.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4333 image1865 (Feb 4): Great Britain 1862 1 s. green, lettered KD and showing "K in Circle Variety", used on 1865 cover from Malta to Messina carried at triple rate, tied by horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (Feb 4) leaving the variety clear. Credit marking '3¾' in red crayon manuscript below the adhesive and Messina arrival cds (Feb 5) on reverse. The adhesive with slight age spot and corner perf. missing below the variety and perfs. trimmed at right but a great rarity on or off cover. Cert. RPSL (1947) Gi = £ 2'250 off cover / Gi 90a = £ 2'750 off cover.rnProvenance: Collection H.S. Damsell, RL, London, 16 Nov 1955, lot 55. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF1,000.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4334 image1882 (July 22): Great Britain 1880 ½ d. pale green and 1881 1 d. lilac horizontal pair, used on 1882 mourning cover to Tunbidge Wells tied by two strikes of the vertical "MALTA / A25" duplex (July 22). Reverse with Tunbridge Wells arrival cds (July 27) and manuscript notation '11th letter from darling H. from Alexandria'. Some small edge wear but a scarce cover.rnNote: On July 11, 1882 Admiral Sir Frederick Beauchamp Seymour bombarded Alexandria with a fleet of eight battleships. On July 17, the fleet was joined by ships of the Channel Squadron. The addressee, Mrs. Howard Hay, was the wife of Lieutenant Howard Hay who was serving on the HMS Northumberland. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM

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