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Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
6454 image1868 (March 4): Lettersheet from Cordoipo to Rouen, bearing 1866 Torino printing 40 c. red-carmine, a fine and fresh adhesive in a vibrant shade, tied by superb '2597' numeral obliterator, Austrian style CODROIPO despatch cds, "P.D." handstamp, both in black as well as French "ITALIE M.-CENIS" ambulant entry cds in red alongside. Reverse with Paris transit and arrival cds's (March 8). Light horizontal file not distracting at all from the beauty of this cover. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF100.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6455 image1884 (Oct 29): Double rate Registered Lettersheet from Foggia to Cerignola, bearing a 'Two Kings' mixed franking of 1866 Vittorio Emanuele Torino printing 40 c. rose-carmine in combination with 1879 Umberto 10 c. carmine and 20 c. orange, tied by barred '79' numeral obliterator with FOGGIA despatch cds and matching registration label alongside. Reverse with arrival cds of the next day. Cover refolded but an appealing three-colour franking, cert. Sorani (1995). (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6456 image1866: Torino printing 60 c. lilac in a block of six (2 x 3) of the positions 187-189/197-199 of the printing sheet of 200 examples from the lower sheet margin showing plate number '141' in an rectangle (Numero di tavola) on the selvedge below the middle stamp, in vivid colour and normal centering, unused with full original gum. Sassone = € 10'000 for a single adhesive with plate number. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6457 image1875 (Feb 19): Entire letter from Milano to Yokohama, Japan, bearing 1866 Torino printing 60 c. lilac in mixed franking with 1867 (April) Torino printing 20 c. blue, tied by bold '181' numeral obliterator in black with matching "MILANO STAZ." cds in black and "P.D." handstamp in red alongside. Reverse with Roma, Brindisi and "Hongkong Marine Sorter" transit cds's in black and Yokohama arrival cds in blue (May 9). Lightest filing fold just mentioned for accuracy, correctly franked to an extremely rare destination from Italy. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF600.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6458 image1878 (June 27): Double rate Registered envelope from Viterbo to Roma, bearing 1866 Torino printing 60 c. lilac in mixed franking with 1877 (Aug) 10 c. blue, tied by '208' numeral obliterator 'a sbarre' with crisp VITERBO cds in black and boxed RACCOMANDATO handstamp alongside. Reverse with arrival cds of the next day. Roughly opened on reverse, still an interesting and attractive usage to pay twice the postage rate of 20 c. and 30 c. for the registration. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6459 image1868 (Oct 26): Double rate Envelope from the 'MINISTERO DI MARINO' in Firenze, directed to the Chief Commander of the Italian Naval Division of South America in Montevideo, endorsed "Via di Liverpool", bearing 1866 Torino printing 2 l. scarlet, a fine and fresh adhesive in a vibrant shade, tied by light '12' numeral obliterator, FIRENZE despatch cds and "P.D." handstamp in black alongside, the latter lateron erased and replaced by a "P.P." handstamp in black. The front was struck in addition by French "ITALIE LANSLEBOURG" entry cds in blue and "LONDON PAID" transit cds in red. Reverse with blue cachet of the Italian Ministry of the Navy and "TORINO - SUSA" ambulant cds. Minor toning and some edge wear just mentioned for accuracy, a splendid piece of postal history, the two lire definitive paying twice the 100 centesimi rate via Great Britain to the port in Uruguay. However the cover does not show any taxation for the last part of the journey from the port to the addressee (who was presumably at the port). Signed R. Mondolfo Sassone = € 5'000. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF1,600.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6460 image1868 (Jan 22): Double rate Insured Envelope from Rovigo to Padova, bearing 1863 Torino printing 2 l. scarlet in mixed franking with 1867 (April) London DLR printing 20 c. sky-blue 'celeste chiaro' in a horizontal pair, all cancelled by bold '984' numeral obliterator in black with matching ROVIGO cds in black and ASSICURATO handstamp in blue alongside. Reverse with arrival cds of the same day. Interesting item, correctly franked, cert. Fiecchi (1976) Sassone = € 5'000+.rnNote: The postage includes twice 20 c. for the postage, 30 c. registration fee and 17 times 10 c. for an insured value of 1'700 lire., in total 240 centesimi. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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SOLD for CHF1,500.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6461 image1866 (March 10): Entire letter from Talamello to Senigaglia, bearing 1865 (Jan) 'Ferro di cavallo' 20 on 15 c. sky-blue 'celeste chiaro', Type I, a fine and fresh adhesive, tied by superb TALAMELLO cds in blue (unknown in the Sassone catalogue). Reverse with Rimini transit and arrival cds's of the same day. Light horizontal file fold, a beautiful entire with this scarce postmark. Signed Bolaffi. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6462 image1867 (Jan 17): Entire letter from Mestre to Schio, bearing 1865 (Jan) 'Ferro di cavallo' 20 on 15 c. sky-blue 'celeste chiaro', Type I, a fresh adhesive with scissor cut of perforation at top and left, tied by superb Austrian-style MESTRE cds in black (8 punti). Reverse with Schio arrival cds of the next day. Entire refolded, not distracting from the attractiveness of this item. Cert. E. Diena (1996). (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF160.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6463 imageLast day of usage 1867 (Aug 31): Entire letter from Ancona to Pesaro, bearing 1865 (Jan) 'Ferro di cavallo' 20 on 15 c. sky-blue 'azzuro celeste', Type I, a fine and fresh adhesive, tied lightly by numeral '2' obliterator with matching clear ANCONA cds in black alongside. Reverse with arrival cds of the same day. Lightest vertical file fold, an interesting and sought after last day usage. Signed Bolaffi; certs. A. Diena (1973), Sorani (1981). (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6464 image1866 (Sept 22): Fourth rate Envelope from Monteleone to Napoli, bearing 1865 (Jan) 'Ferro di cavallo' 20 on 15 c. sky-blue 'celeste chiaro', Type I in a block of four, a fresh and extremely rare multiple, tied lightly by numeral '109' obliterator with matching fair Monteleone cds alongside. Reverse with Napoli arrival cds of the next day and distribution cachet of Sept 26. Two file folds well away from the multiple, Sassone describes only two other covers with blocks of four of the type I. Certs. Sorani (2000), Bottacchi (2001), Colla (2001) Sassone = € 33'750. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6465 image1866 (March 20): Double rate Entire letter from Guastalla to Chiari, bearing a 'gemelli' franking of 1865 (Jan) 'Ferro di cavallo' 20 on 15 c. sky-blue 'azzuro celeste' in Type I and blue in Type II, two fine adhesives, each tied by "GUASTALLA EMILIA" cds's in black, another crisp information strike alongside. Reverse with Parma transit and arrival cds's of the next day. A very fresh entire with this scarce and desirable franking of two different types of the 'Ferro di cavallo'. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6466 imageEarliest known day of usage 1865 (Jan 17): Lettersheet from Palmi to Catanzaro, bearing 1865 (Jan) 'Ferro di cavallo' 20 on 15 c. sky-blue 'azzuro celeste', Type II, two fine and fresh adhesives, tied lightly by PALMI cds in black with fair information strike alongside. Reverse with arrival cds of the next day. Sideflaps are missing, nevertheless the earliest known day of usage. Certs. E. Diena (1987), Bottacchi (2002).rnReference: This cover is listed in the Zanaria- and the Sassone-catalogue as the first known usage of the type II Ferro de cavallo. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF400.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6467 imageUsage after being invalidated 1871 (July 11): Entire letter from Racalmuto to Girgenti, bearing 1865 (Jan) 'Ferro di cavallo' 20 on 15 c. sky-blue 'azzuro celeste', Type II, tied by clear RACALMUTO cds and in addition by pen strikes with handwritten note "francobollo fuori uso" alongside. As this definitive became invalidated at the end of July 1867, the cover was considered to be unfranked and taxed with twice the deficiency which was paid with a 30 centesimi due (Seg 7). Reverse with arrival cds of the same day. Fresh and interesting cover with a usage of this adhesive four years after the postal administration stopped to sell it at the offices. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6468 imageThird Italian War of Independence 1866 (May 24): Envelope from the Italian Fieldpost to Sassari, bearing 1865 (Jan) 'Ferro di cavallo' 20 on 15 c. sky-blue 'azzuro celeste', Type III, tied by numeral 'VI' obliterator with matching "POSTA MILITARE ITALIANA (N. 6)" cds in black alongside. Reverse with Firenze and Livorno transit cds's as well as Sassari arrival cds (May 27). Some toning and edge wear, nevertheless an interesting usage from the second day of this Fieldpost office of the 6th infantery division. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF420.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6469 imageThird Italian War of Independence 1866 (Oct 20): Entire letter from Venezia to Liano, Tolmezzo, bearing 1865 (Jan) 'Ferro di cavallo' 20 on 15 c. sky-blue 'azzuro celeste', Type III, tied by Austrian-style VENEZIA cds in black. Reverse with Udine and Tolmezzo transit cds's of the next day. rnNote: The text reads "Finalmente ieri fu il giorno sospira to che entrarono le nostre truppe in questa città. Non serve dirvi quale fu l'entusiasmo di questa popolazione. Per qualche giorno fu certo il commercio inattivo fino a che si calmi l'ebrezza di questa nostra popolazione". Italian troops marched into Venezia on October 19, 1866, however the use of Italian stamps is already known on October 17. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF320.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6470 image1866 (May 1): Entire letter from Varazze to Carmagnola, bearing 1865 (Jan) 'Ferro di cavallo' 20 on 15 c. sky-blue 'azzuro celeste', Type III, tied on its first day of usage by light '2392' numeral obliterator in black with fair VARAZZE cds in black alongside. Reverse with Genova transit and arrival cds's of the next day. Signed Vaccari. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6471 image1866 (Sept 11): Lettersheet from Bagno die Romagna to Anghiari, bearing 1865 (Jan) 'Ferro di cavallo' 20 on 15 c. sky-blue 'azzuro celeste', Type III, tied by fair '370' numeral obliterator and crisp BAGNO DI ROMAGNA cds, both in blue. Reverse with Rocca San Casciano transit and arrival cds's of the next day. The datestamp came into use under the provisional government of the Toscana, interesting usage and very attractive. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6472 image1865 (March 17): Double rate Lettersheet from Castroreale to Roma, bearing horizontal pair of 1865 (Jan) 'Ferro di cavallo' 20 on 15 c. sky-blue 'celeste', Type III, tied by crisp CASTROREALE cds in black, another superb information strike alongside. Taxed with '2' (bajocchi) for the journey within the Papal States, but detaxed as the 'Sacra Congregazione dei Vescovi e Regolari' enjoyed postage freedom. Reverse with Barcellona, Messina and Napoli transit cds's as well as arrival cds (March 22). (Image 1) (Image 2)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
6473 image1867 (April): London DLR printing 20 c. sky-blue 'celeste chiaro' overprinted SAGGIO on the Royal decree no. 3397 of December 2, 1866. Sassone = € 300. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF160.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM

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