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Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
6394 image1862 (Dec 23): Quadruple rate Lettersheet from Tropea to Napoli, bearing 1862 40 c. red-carmine, a fresh and fine adhesive, tied by fair ornate TROPEA cds in black with information strike and appealing dealer's cachet alongside. Reverse with arrival cds of the next day and distribution cachet. Fine heavy letter sent within the same province, rare usage of this Bourbon type datestamp on the 40 centesimi stamp. Cert. E. Diena (1986) Sassone = € 700. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF220.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6395 image1862 (Oct 7): Lettersheet from Napoli to Paris, endorsed "Par Vapeur direct", bearing 1862 40 c. red-carmine, a fresh and fine adhesive, tied by superb "NAPOLI PORTO" cds in black with information strike, framed "P.D." handstamp and French "ITALIE MARSEILLE" entry cds in bluish black alongside. Reverse with Paris arrival cds (Oct 11). Most attractive cover to France, signed Golinelli Sassone = € 700. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF280.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6396 image1862 (Sept 10): Lettersheet from Genova to Nizza, bearing 1862 40 c. red-carmine, a fresh adhesive in a deep vibrant shade, tied upon arrival by French Petits Chiffres numeral '5226' of Nizza in black with French "ITALIE MENTON" entry cds in red alongside. An appealing cover, presumably posted directly to the steamer. Sassone = € 800. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF300.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6397 image1863 (April 23): Entire letter from Milano to Lyon, bearing 1862 40 c. rose-carmine showing variety: imperforated at base, a fresh adhesive with full margin at base with 'filetto di riquadro', tied by fair MILANO cds in black with "P.D." handstamp alongside. Reverse with Italian ambulant and Lyon arrival cds (April 25). Very rare usage, one of only 24 covers bearing 40 c. stamps with full margin described in Serra & Zanaria. Signed Angelo Zanaria; Cert. E. Diena (1985) Sassone = € 45'000. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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SOLD for CHF3,000.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6398 image1863 (April 25): Registered Envelope from Goito to Paris, bearing 1862 40 c. rose, two fresh and fine adhesive in this rarer shade, one stamp tied by crisp GIOTO cds in black, the other one by boxed RACCOMANDATO in black, French "ITALIE AMB. M.-CENIS B" ambulant cds and CHARGÉ handstamp, both in red alongside. Reverse with French 'Timbre indicatif de chargement' and a plethora of Italian and French ambulant as well as Paris arrival cds (April 27). Correctly franked with 40 c. for the postage to France and 40 c. registration fee, what a beauty. Signed A. Diena; cert. E. Diena (1980) Sassone = € 2'000. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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SOLD for CHF1,300.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6399 image1862: 80 c. yellow orange in a mint block of eight with strong embossing and normal perforation, in unmounted og. condition. Sassone = € 2'000+. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6400 imageCifra in rilievo, 1862 (Nov. 29): Lettersheet from Orsogna to Vasto, bearing 1862 (May) 2 c. yellow in a horizontal strip of five, a superb multiple with the '2' well embossed, well and regularly margined, tied by four light strikes of "OSOGNA CHIETI" cds in black, reverse with arrival cds of the next day. Wax seal missing, nevertheless an extremely rare usage of this strip to pay correctly the 10 centesimi letter rate in the Naples province. Signed A. Bolaffi; Cert. E. Diena (1985) Sassone = € 20'000. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF2,000.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6401 image1863 (Jan): Tipo Sardegna 15 c. in the rare shade milky sky-blue 'celeste latteo', cancelled by "...SAVI..." cds. Light corner fold, nevertheless a fine and fresh example of this desirable shade. Signed E. Diena Sassone = € 1'400. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6402 image1863 (Jan 1): Entire letter from Campi to Taranto, bearing 1863 Tipo Sardegna 15 c. blue, a fine and fresh adhesive, tied by light Bourbon type CAMPI cds in black, an information strike alongside, reverse with Taranto arrival cds from the next day. Light horizontal file fold, but a fine usage on the day of issue and the first day of the 15 centesimi rate, which unified the rates throughout Italy, with the date extremely well visible. Signed Vaccari & E. Diena Sassone = € 5'000 for the first day usage. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF950.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6403 image1863 (March 2): Entire letter from Casale to Torino, bearing 1863 Tipo Sardegna 15 c. blue, a fine and fresh adhesive, cancelled with pen strokes, a CASALE cds and a handwritten note "fuori d'uso" alongside. First taxed with '3' decimi, this taxation later erased. Reverse with ambulant and Torino arrival cds from the next day. Light horizontal file fold, an appealing item full of postal history. Cert. E. Diena (1989).rnNote: This issue was first valuable only for two months until the end of February, but at the beginning of March it was decided to prolong its period of use until end of 1863. One can find letters despatched on March 2/3, 1863 which had been first taxed with double the deficieny, then detaxed. After March 3, the stamp could be used without problem. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF320.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6404 image1863 (March 3): Lettersheet from Bra to Alba, bearing 1863 Tipo Sardegna 15 c. blue, a fine and fresh adhesive, tied by BRA cds, a handwritten note "francobollo fuori d'uso" alongside. Taxed with '3' decimi, twice the deficiency. Reverse with Torino arrival cds from the same day. An appealing item full of postal history, in this case the taxation was erroneously not erased. Cert. E. Diena (1981). (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF260.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6405 image1863 (March 3): Entire letter from Cuneo to Chieri, bearing 1863 Tipo Sardegna 15 c. blue, a fine and fresh adhesive, cancelled with pen strokes, a CUNEO cds alongside. First taxed with '3' decimi, this taxation later erased. Reverse with ambulant and Torino arrival cds from the next day. An attractive item full of postal history showing the effect of the administrative order of March 4 which prolonged the validity of the definitive. Signed Russo; cert. Colla (1993). (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF340.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6406 image1863 (Jan 2): Entire letter from Biella to Torino, bearing 1863 Tipo Sardegna 15 c. blue, a fine and fresh adhesive, tied by light BIELLA cds in black, an information strike alongside. A fine usage of this stamp on its second day and two day after the introduction of the 15 centesimi rate. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF120.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6407 image1863 (March 11): Double rate Envelope from Soncino to Cremona, bearing 1863 (Jan) Tipo Sardegna 15 c. blue in mixed franking of same colour and denomination with 1863 (Feb) 15 c. blue type I, tied by light SONCINO cds in black, reverse with Cremona arrival cds from the next day. An extremely rare mixed 'gemelli' franking, cert. Colla (1993), Bottacchi (2002). (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6408 image1863 (Feb): 15 c. blue type I, a superb example with vivid colour and regular large margins in unmounted og. condition, cert. A. Diena (1969) Sassone = € 500. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF260.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6409 image1863 (May 7): Entire letter from Ceriale to Genova, bearing 1863 (Feb) 15 c. blue type I, tied by light CERIALE cds in rare blue (13 punti). A sought after cancellation, cert. E. Diena (1996). (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6410 imageAttempt to defraud the Postal Services 1863 (March 24): Entire letter from Fano to Ancona, bearing an already used example of the 1863 (Feb) 15 c. blue type I, a FANO cds alongside. The front shows handwritten notes "fcobollo usato" and "Legge 5. Maggio" (law of May 5, 1862), it was taxed with twice the deficiency and a fine of five lire was added resulting in "L 5,30". The reverse shows a boxed Genova arrival cds in red and the handwritten note "Rifisutata ex motivo della multe di L 5.30". (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF260.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6411 image1863 (Dec 1): Lettersheet from Mesola to Ferrara, bearing 1863 (Apr) 15 c. blue type II, tied by light "MESOLA FERRARA" cds in black, an information strike alongside. Reverse with arrival cds of the same day, a very late usage of this adhesive.rnNote: Still valid, this issue was no more sold at the post offices after issuing the London De La Rue definitives in December 1863. Isolated examples which had been in the possession of the public are found to be used until the beginning of 1864. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF100.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6412 image1863 (June 7): Lettersheet from Montechiari to Brescia, bearing 1863 (Apr) 15 c. blue type II, showing a prominent printing flaw resulting in a vertical white line through the whole design, tied by light MONTECHIARI cds in black, an information strike alongside. Reverse with Brescia arrival cds of the next day. Cert. Sorani (1999), Bottacchi (2003). (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF100.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6413 image1863 (Dec 19): Double rate Lettersheet from Altamura to Napoli, bearing 1863 (Apr) 15 c. blue Type II in an extraordinary mixed franking of same colour and denomination with De La Rue 1863 (Dec) 15 c. sky-blue 'celeste chiaro', two fresh adhesives, tied by fair Bourbon-type ALTAMURA cds. Reverse with Napoli arrival cds (Dec 21). Minor perforation irregularities of the DLR adhesive and filing fold below it just mentioned for accuracy, nevertheless a wonderful and very rare 'gemelli' franking to pay the double rate, possible only in December 1863. Signed Mondolfo & Chiavarello; cert. E. Diena (1988) Serra & Zanaria 0,30 H = € 20'000.rnNote: An exceptional franking in the last possible month for a regular usage of the 1863 (Apr) definitive and the first possible month for a usage of the DLR adhesives.rnReference: Serra & Zanaria list only 17 covers with this combination on p. 402. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM

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