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Ethiopia continued...
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
601 imageEgyptian Post Office 1874/75: 5 pa. brown, perf. 12½, eight examples including two vertical tête-bêche pairs and a horizontal pair, all cancelled by "POSTE KHEDEVIE EGIZIANE / MASSAWA" datestamps (Feb 10, 1878) in black. Trivial imperfections but an extremely scarce and fine multiple. Signed Todd AIEP.rnrnProvenance: Collection Colonel J.R. Danson, RL, London, April 1977, lot 516; Collection Nachum Kaplan, Corinphila sale 169, Sept 2011, lot 727. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
602 image1880: Cover bearing Egypt 1879 1 pi. rose tied to cover to Massawa by "Suez / Depart" cds (Oct 1) in black with information strike at right, the reverse with flap missing but near complete strike of Egyptian P.O. "MASSAWAH" cds (Oct 18) in black. The cover contains a signed letter from Charles 'Chinese' Gordon, written in French from Bombay to Hibil Sciavi in Massawa stating "J'ai etê invitêà Pekin" and stating his address would be care of the Governor of Hong Kong and giving his compliments to Achille Raffray, the French Vice Consul in Massawa. Somewhat tired but rare. Cert. J-F. Brun (2016). (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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SOLD for CHF350.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
603 image1864: Cover from Massawah to London franked by India 1856/64 1 a. brown, four examples, 2 a. yellow and cut round 8 p. purple, all tied in transit by Aden "124" numeral obliterators in black with framed "INDIA PAID" in red at left. The adhesives with small imperfections and the 8 p. removed from original position (over 'No. 33') and replaced. The cover with manuscript at lower left from "H. Rassam, Massawah, 4/10/64", and reverse with manuscript of Forwarding Agent "Received on the 9 Nov / 64 at 7 am per 'Dalhousie' Eduguee Manachi" with "ADEN" cds in black (Nov 10) and London arrival (Nov 26) in red. Further docketing "Answered by F.O. (Foreign Office), Febry 16th, 1865". Only two 'Layard' correspondence covers have been recorded (the other ex Reverend Payne collection). An extremely rare and important cover. Cert. RPSL (2016).rnrnNote: The writer, Hormuzd Rassam (1826-1910) at the age of 20 in 1846, Rassam was hired by the British archaeologist Austen Henry Layard (the above letter is addressed to Mrs Henry Layard) as a pay master at Nimrud, an Assyrian excavation site. Layard, who was in Mosul on his first expedition (1845–47), was impressed by the hard-working Rassam and took him under his wing; they would remain friends for life. Layard provided an opportunity for Rassam to travel to England and study at Magdalen College, Oxford. Layard left archeology to begin a political career. Rassam continued field work (1852–54) at Nimrud and Nineveh, where he made a number of important discoveries. These included the clay tablets that would later be deciphered by George Smith as the Epic of Gilgamesh, the world's oldest written narrative poem. With the help of Layard, he began a new career in government with a posting to the British Consulate in Aden, quickly rising to the post of First Political Resident and facilitating a number of agreements between the British and formerly hostile local community leaders. In 1866, an international crisis arose in Ethiopia when British missionaries were taken hostage by Emperor Tewodros II, Rassam would probably have prevented the entire Abyssinian campaign if not hindered in negotations with the Emperor Tewodoros by Charles Tilstone Beke.rnrnProvenance: Collection 'Menelik', Harmers, Lugano, 8 Dec 1989, lot 601; Collection Roberto Sciaky, Harmers, London, 25 July 2006, lot 3. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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SOLD for CHF4,000.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
604 image1885: Cover from London to Massawa, franked by Great Britain 1881 1 d. lilac pair and 1883 ½ d. slate-blue, the former unusually tied by London duplexes (May 8) in black and the latter by London squared circle datestamps in black, addressed to an Italian member 'Battaglione de la Spedizione' (Battalion of the Expedition) in Massawa. Reverse with Suez cds, "SOUAKIN" cds in black (May 18) and "MASSAWAH" arrival cds of the Egyptian Post Office. Flap torn and sealed with tape but a scarce and appealing cover mailed towards the close of the Nile Expedition / Suakin Campaign.rnrnNote: The Egyptian Post Office in Massawa closed in November 1885. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF460.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
605 imageAbyssinian Field Force 1868: Cover from Napier's Force to the Commander of the Royal Artillery in Bangalore, Elliot correspondence, endorsed 'via Bombay', franked by India 1866 4 a. green, Die I (Gi 69), tied by "FF" obliterator in black and manuscript "29/3", paying the Officer's rate. Reverse with oily strike of circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in red (April 5), Bombay transit (April 21) and Bangalore arrival cds (April 26). Some moth faults at base of mourning envelope but scarce. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF1,400.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
606 imageAbyssinian Field Force 1868: Mourning envelope from Capt. Elliot at Magdala to Bangalore, India endorsed 'via Bombay' franked by India 1866 4 a. green, Die I (Gi 69), tied by "FF" obliterator (Field Force) in black. Reverse with fair strike of "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in red (April), Bombay transit and fine Bangalore arrival cds (May 13) in red. Pencil notation at left of date and place of sending. A fine and extremely rare cover. Signed Friedl.rnrnNote: The cover was sent on the day after Emperor Tewodoros II committed suicide at the Battle of Magdala (with a gun gifted to him by Queen Victoria), the Ethiopian Army surrendered and General Napier's task was fulfilled. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF3,800.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
607 imageAbyssinian Field Force 1868: Cover from Napier's Force near Senafe to Cardiff franked by India 1865 8 p. purple, 2 a.orange and 1866/67 6 a. 8 p. slate, faults, each cancelled by "F.F." obliterators (Field Force) endorsed 'via Marseilles' with unframed "INDIA PAID" in red at left. Reverse with overinked oily strike of circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in red and Cardiff arrival cds (April 20) in black. Manuscript notation at left "Abyssinia 1868, Camp Sooroo 25 March". Small part of envelope missing at top and sensibly filled, a magnificent and wonderful franking in the foremost quality for mail from this Campaign. Cert. RPSL (2016).rnrnNote: The certificate states that a stamp has been removed - however this is most unlikely as the franking of 6 annas 8 pies pays the full Officer's rate via Marseille. Also, if there was a 'missing' stamp, then why is there no trace of manuscript 'Stamped' always found on Lady Tyler covers? For further examples of Lady Tyler covers prepaid at 6 a. 8 p. from this Campaign, see the 'Pedrazzo' collection, Corinphila sale 145, April 2006, lots 1855 and 1857 and Sciaky collection, July 2006, lot 8. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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SOLD for CHF4,200.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
608 imageAbyssinian Field Force 1868: Cover from Napier's Force to Southampton franked by India 1865 2 a.orange and 1866/67 6 a. 8 p. slate, faults, each cancelled by "F.F." obliterators (Field Force) endorsed 'via Marseilles'. Reverse with good strike of circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in black (April 26?) somewhat over-struck by Southampton arrival cds (May 18). Despite the imperfection to one adhesive, an extremely rare cover carried at the Civilian rate. Cert. RPSL (2016).rnrnProvenance: Collection Reverend Eric Payne, Harmers, London, 20 Dec 1995, lot 7. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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SOLD for CHF2,200.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
609 imageAbyssinian Field Force 1867: Large part cover bearing Great Britain 1864/79 1 d. red pl. 92 tied by London duplex of despatch (Oct 7) and sent originally to Chatham (Oct 7), Sheerness (Oct 7 and 9), addressed to "HMS Star, China or elsewhere". Reverse with fine "HONG KONG" cds in black (Dec 15) and manuscript "Not China" on obverse, thence back via Bombay with circular "Steamer Bearing 3 annas" presumably applied there, and circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in black (Jan 31, 1868) on obverse with manuscript '5' (pence) deleted as not an Officer's letter but addressed to a sailor - top with readable strike of "RANK / NOT STATED" in black at upper left corner (possibly applied in Chatham?) and manuscript 'Unclaimed'. Despite being in two halves and piece missing, a remarkable item of Postal History.rnrnNote: This describer would be pleased to hear of other covers marked "RANK / NOT STATED", as this is the first time I have encountered an example. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF1,500.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
610 imageAbyssinian Field Force 1867: Cover from Weymouth to Major F.S. Roberts VC., with the Abyssinian Field Force, to be forwarded from Suez, endorsed 'via Southampton' and franked by Great Britain 1864/79 1 d. red pl. 91 (2) and 1865/68 4 d. vermilion pl. 9 tied by "Weymouth / 873" duplexes (Dec 20) in black. Reverse with London transit cds (Dec 20) in blue and very fine strike of circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in red (Jan 17, 1868) with over-inked "F.F." obliterator adjacent. Some minor soiling but very rare.rnrnNote: The letter is addressed to 'Bobs', Field Marshal Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts, VC, (1832 – 1910), a British General who became one of the most successful British military commanders of his time. Born in India to an Anglo-Irish family, Roberts joined the East India Company Army and served as a young officer in the Indian Rebellion during which he won a Victoria Cross for gallantry. He was then transferred to the British Army and fought in the Expedition to Abyssinia and the Second Anglo-Afghan War, in which his exploits earned him widespread fame. Roberts would go on to serve as the Commander-in-Chief, India before leading British Forces to success in the Second Boer War. He also became the last Commander-in-Chief of the Forces before the post was abolished in 1904.rnrn (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF3,600.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
611 imageAbyssinian Field Force 1868: Cover from Brecon to Capt. Burlton, Commisary Dept. with the Abyssinian Field Force endorsed 'via Southampton & Suez', franked by 1865/ 68 6 d. lilac pl. 6, defective, tied by "Brecon / 116" duplex in black (March 12). Reverse with London transit cds (March 13) and fine strike of circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in red (April 5). Captain Burlton was in command of the Udul Wells Depot, a staging post 40 miles from Zula on the way to Senafe. Slight opening tear but extremely scarce and not unattractive.rnrn (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF900.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
612 imageAbyssinian Field Force 1867: Incoming envelope addressed to Capt. Elliot, Madras Sappers & Miners, Field Force, Abyssinia endorsed 'via Bombay' franked by India 1866 4 a. green, Die I, tied by "Bangalore / 10" duplex (Dec 8) in black. Reverse with Bombay transit (Dec 30), ribboned "TOO LATE" and superb strike of circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in red (Jan 14, 1868). A fine and extremely rare cover. (Image 1)

SOLD for CHF2,400.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
613 imageAbyssinian Field Force 1868: Incoming envelope addressed to Capt. Elliot, Madras Sappers & Miners, Field Force, Abyssinia endorsed 'via Bombay' franked by India 1866 4 a. green, Die I, tied by "Bangalore / 10" duplex (Jan 1) in black. Reverse with Bombay transit (Jan 6) and ribboned "Too Late" on obverse, partial strike of circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in red, and forwarded in manuscript to (the Pass of) "Koomay loo". Part flap missing and one or two closed envelope tears but rare. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF1,100.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
614 imageAbyssinian Field Force 1868: Incoming envelope addressed to Capt. Elliot, Madras Sappers & Miners, Field Force, Abyssinia endorsed 'via Bombay' franked by India 1866 4 a. green, Die I, tied by "Bangalore / 10" duplex (March 16) in black. Reverse with Bombay transit (March 21) and ribboned "Too Late", oily complete strike of circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in red (April 8), and forwarded in manuscript to "Antalo", some 20 miles South of Mekelle in the Tigray. The adhesive with fault at top right of envelope but rare. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF1,600.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
615 imageAbyssinian Field Force 1867: Incoming envelope addressed to Capt. Elliot, Madras Sappers & Miners, Field Force, Abyssinia endorsed 'via Bombay' franked by India 1866 4 a. green, Die I, tied by "Bangalore / 10" duplex (May 1) in black. Reverse with Bombay transit (May 9), ribboned "TOO LATE" and fine strike of circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in black (May 18, 1868). The cover with opening tears and closed tears at edges but rare. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF1,800.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
616 imageAbyssinian Field Force 1868: OHMS envelope from the Commander-in-Chief's office in London to Major General E.L. Russell, Commanding at Aden, struck with oval framed "S. F. Forster / Horse Guards" cachet in black and 'London / Paid' cds in red (Aug). Reverse with Royal embossed seal in red and "Aden / Steamer Point" datestamp struck in red (Sept 4). The cover with full original contents: "I am desired by Lieut. General Lord Napier of Magdala to transmit to you the vote of thanks of Parliament to the Forces, Naval and Military, comprising the Abyssinian Expedition in which you are specially named....". Rare and most unusual. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF1,200.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
617 imageItalian Post Offices 1886: Cover bearing Italy 1879 20 c. orange used to Firenze, tied by good strike of "3840" numeral obliterator with "ASSAB" datestamp at base (April 25). Reverse with Brindisi and Firenze (May 8) datestamps. The envelope with vertical file fold and wrinkles but rare; also a small piece of cover with 20 c. orange tied by "ASSAB" cds (Aug 16, 1889). (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF420.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
618 imageItalian Post Offices 1886: Cover bearing Italy 1879 40 c. violet used to Firenze, tied by bold strike of "3862" numeral obliterator with "MASSAUA / (MAR ROSSO)" datestamp at right (June 25) with registration label at top. Reverse with Brindisi and Firenze (July 10) datestamps. The envelope with spotting but a fine strike of the elusive numeral. A fine and scarce usage. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF300.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
619 imageItalian Post Offices 1888: Cover bearing Italy 1879 20 c. orange used to Messina, tied by bold strike of "3862" numeral obliterator with "MASSAUA / (MAR ROSSO)" datestamp at right (Oct 19). Reverse with Brindisi and Messina (Nov 7) datestamps. The envelope with some spotting but a fine strike of the elusive numeral. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
620 imageItalian Post Offices 1889: 50 c. brown Parcel Card, an intact used example to Cremona cancelled by "MASSAUA / (MAR ROSSO)" datestamp at left (Sept 5) with perforated "Pacchi postali / 384 / Massaua (Mar Rosso)" label below. Receivers slip still attached at left. A few small stains but a rare usage from Massaua. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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

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