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Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
621 image1903 (Jan): Malekt surcharge in black on ½ g. salmon in a horizontal pair, used on cover addressed to Alfred Ilg in Addis Abeba, the pair neatly tied by two strikes of bilingual "Harar" cds's (June 13) in blue. Scarce issue on letter and very fine.rnrnNote: Alfred Ilg (1854-1916) was a Swiss engineer who arrived in Ethiopia in 1879. He learnt Amharic and became a confidante of Menelik II. He first suggested the establishment of the Postal system to Menelik II, became the equivalent of Postmaster General and took a major role in the creation of telephone and railway lines in Ethiopia. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF420.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
622 image1894: 2 g. deep brown, a used example on 1899 cover to Basel, Switzerland tied by bilingual "ENTOTTO" datestamp in black (Oct 25, 1899), scarce "HARAR / POSTES FRANÇAISES" cds (Nov 5) to Djibouti with reverse showing bilingual "HARAR" transit (Nov 2) in blue and franked by Somali Coast 1894 5 c. red-orange & green and two 10 c. green & brown-lilac (Ceres 9+10) tied by Djibouti cds's (Nov 13). Obverse with "La Reunion a Marseille / L.V. No.2" French Paquebot datestamp in black (Nov 13). A charming and scarce cover. (Image 1)

SOLD for CHF500.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
623 image1906 (Jan 1): 20 c. in rose on 1 g. blue surcharged Minilik in violet, used on 1906 cover to Berlin tied by "Addis Abeba" cds in black (July 18) in combination with 1902 Somali Coast 25 c. blue and deep blue (Ceres 45) tied by Djibouti cds in black (July 31) with bilingual "Harar" transit cds in blue at left (July 29). Arrival on reverse of an unusual cover. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF280.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
624 image1903: Malekt overprint in black on 1 g. blue postal stationery card (H&G 6d), used to Switzerland cancelled by Addis Abeba cds (Nov 29, 1904) in black; up-rated with 1903 Somali Coast 10 c. black & carmine (Ceres 57) tied by Djibouti cds in b lue (Dec 8). Liestal arrival cds at right (Dec 23) in black. Tiny nick at left of card but an attractive and scarce usage. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
625 image1903: Malekt overprint in black on ¼ g. green postal stationery card (H&G 4d), used to Berlin as formula card (written by J-A. Michel) cancelled at "Harar" in blue-green (May 22, 1903) and sent registered with 1902 Somali Coast 5 c. pale green & green and 10 c. orange & carmine (Ceres 40+41) and Obock 1894 20 c. orange & violet imperf. (Ceres 53) all tied by Djibouti datestamps (May 26) in blue - correct rate 10 c. card + 25 c. registration - with Berlin arrival on reverse (June 13). Choice and attractive usage, (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF500.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
626 image1903 (Jan 1): Malekt overprinted 2 g. brown, a used example on 1904 cover to Switzerland tied by "Addis Abeba" cds (April 6) in black, in combination with 1902 Somali Coast 25 c. blue and deep blue (Ceres 45) tied by Djibouti cds in blue (April 18) with bilingual "Harar" transit cds in blue alongside. File fold away from the adhesives but a scarce correctly rated cover. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF340.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
627 image1906 (Jan 1): 10 c. in violet on ½ g, salmon, a single example on 1906 cover tied by bilingual "Harar" cds (May 13, 1906) in blue, used in combination with 1902 Somali Coast 15 c. blue and yellow-brown and 1903 10 c. black & carmine (Ceres 42+57) tied by Djibouti datestamps in black. Octagonal French paquebot "La Reunion a Marseille / LV No.4" in black (May 15). Budapest rrival on reverse. File fold away from the adhesives, a very scarce destination for Ethiopian mail of this period. Cert. J-F. Brun (2017). (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF260.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
628 image1907 (July 1): Dagmawi '*¼*' g. in violet on ¼ g. green, a used example on 1907 postcard (of Ethiopian stamps embossed in colour) to Gablonz cancelled by bilingual "Harar" cds in blue (Dec 10) in combination with Somali Coast 1902 5 c. black & green vertical pair (Ceres 56) tied by "Dirre-Daoua / Abyssinie" cds (Dec 11) in black and tied by Suez cds of transit. Delightful and scarce. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF320.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
629 image1894: 1 g. blue, a used example on 1908 cover to Harar tied by bilingual "Adis Abeba" cds in green (July 24) with information strike alongside. Reverse with "Harrar / Postes" cds in blue (Aug 2). File fold away from adhesive, but an interesting late usage of this adhesive, the private Ethiopian Postal service went bankrupt in late 1907. The French Posts experts were called in to reorganise the Postal system and Ethiopia gained UPU membership (Nov 1, 1908). (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF200.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
630 image1903 (Jan 1): Malekt 1 g. blue used on postcard (Viaduc de Holl-Holl) tied by "Adis Abeba" cds in black (June 16) in combination with 1902 Somali Coast 10 c. black & carmine tied by Djibouti cds (June 30) in blue. "Harar" transit at right in blue. A fine card.rnrnNote: By this date mail was carried by train on the Dire Doaua to Djibouti Railway. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF150.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
631 image1894: Obock imperforate 15 c. blue & red used on 1901 postcard (#4) "Pont du Holl-Holl (Chemin de Fer de Djibouti-Harar) tied by Djibouti cds in blue (Aug 7). At this date mail was transported by train only from Holl-Holl Viaduct to Djibouti, together with a 1904 postcard written from Dire-Daoua franked by 1902 Somali Coast 10 c. black & carmine (Ceres 57) tied by Djibouti cds (Dec 12) in blue to Pistoia, Italy written and signed by one of the Bartolossi Brothers, the engineers involved in the Railway's construction. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF260.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
632 image1907: Memorial Medal struck by Menelik II to honour the Railway Engineers and workers for the Djibouti to Dire Daoua Railway Line, with portrait of the Emperor on obverse and reverse with Railway Locomotive and amharic inscription "Memorial of the Railway, 1895" (Ethiopian equivalent to 1902). The capital Addis Abeba was not joined to the line until 1922. Unusual. (Image 1)

SOLD for CHF100.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
633 image1894: ½ g. salmon, two examples used with 1 g. blue on cover to Thurgau, Switzerland tied by fine bilingual "ENTOTTO" cds's in black (Nov 14). Reverse with Ethiopia bilingual "Harar" transit (Nov 21) in blue, obverse with "Harar / Postes Françaises" transit in black (Nov 25) and franked on reverse with 1894 Somali Coast 25 c. rose & blue imperforate cancelled in Djibouti. Bischhofszell arrival (Dec 16). Creased and cover with imperfections but rare. Cert. J-F. Brun (2017). (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF250.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
634 image1905 (Jan 1): 10 c. on ½ g. salmon, a horizontal pair used on 1905 cover to Djibouti tied by bilingual "Adis Abeba" cds (Oct 24) in black in combination with Somali Coast 1902 15 c. blue & yellow-brown and 1903 10 c. black & carmine (Ceres 42+57) tied by Djibouti datestamp in black. Bilingual "Harar" transit (Nov 5) in blue alongside. Two paper-clip impressions at top but scarce. Cert. J-F. Brun (2017). (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF260.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
635 image1896: 1 g. blue postal stationery card (H&G 3) used to Djibouti Post Office cancelled by fine strike of bilingual "HARAR" datestamp (April 20, 1897) in black. Reverse with message requesting the Post Office to stop re-sending the writer's mail and 'Djibouti / Postes' arrival cds (April 24) in blue. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF100.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
636 image1896/1903: Official printed document with Royal Arms of Emperor Menelik II at top, with a listing in Amharic of all communications between Queen Victoria and the Emperor, together with correspondence with other Officials in Government between February 1896 and October 1903. The records were kept in the Ethiopian Office of 'Agreement Control' and are believed unique in private hands. Sold together with a postcard to Italy pre-cancelled at Harar bearing '05' on ¼ g. green with an illustration of the Emperor. (Image 1)

SOLD for CHF500.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
637 image1894: ¼ g. green, ½ g. salmon, 1 g. blue, 2 g. deep brown and 8 g. lilac, used on 1895 cover from the Second Sending, addressed to Djibouti, all tied by Amharic "HARAR" datestamp with six strikes in black (Amharic Yekatit 6th, 1887). Struck on arrival with "Djibouti / Postes" datestamp (Feb 15) in blue and extremely rare "PROTECTORAT FRANÇAIS / CÔTE DES SOMALIS / POSTE EXPRESS" in blue. File fold between the adhesives and small nick in envelope at right but an attractive and extremely rare cover. Cert. APS (2010). (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF950.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
638 image1895 (Jan 29 = Amharic date Tir 21st, 1887): Registered cover from the First Sending, franked by 1894 ¼ g. green, two examples, ½ g. salmon, 1 g. blue and 2 g. deep brown, all tied by Amharic "HARAR" datestamp with six strikes in black. Reverse with circular wax seal of Leon Chefneux in red alongside 1894 Somali Coast 75 c. orange & violet-brown (Ceres 16) cancelled by "Djibouti / Postes" datestamp (Feb 7) in blue. Octagonal French Paquebot "La Reunion a Marseille / L.V. No. 4" datestamp (Feb 10) and both Obock cds and Paris cds on reverse (Feb 21). The cover sensibly opened for Exhibit display, despite the addressee's name (Chefneux) being erased, a major rarity of Ethiopian philately - just three covers (one is a front) have survived from the first franked mail from Ethiopia - all were sent by Leon Chefneux to philatelists to announce the issue. Cert. J-F. Brun (2010).rnrnNote: The letters travelled by camel caravan to Djibouti and from there to Obock as Djibouti as yet had no harbour. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF950.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
639 image1894: 1 g. blue, a single example used on 1895 cover to Paris tied by Amharic "HARAR" datestamp in black (Dec 26 / Tahsas 18th, 1888), with information strike on reverse, in combination with Somali Coast 1894 50 c. rose & blue (Ceres 15) tied by "Djibouti / Postes" datestamp Jan 1, 1896) in blue. French octagonal Paquebot "La Reunion a Marseille / L.V. No.2" in black alongside (Jan 9). Addressee's name deleted but an early and scarce cover.rnProvenance: Collection 'Waizero', Felzmann, 9 March 2017, lot 4023. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF480.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM
640 image1896: 1 g. blue postal stationery card (H&G 3), prepaying inland rate on Sept 24, 1896 cancelled by light strike of all amharic "ENTOTTO" in black; sent registered to Zurich, Switzerland with Somali Coast 1894 10 c. green & brown and 25 c. blue & rose imperforate (Ceres 10+12) cancelled by "Djibouti / Postes" datestamps in blue (Oct 10) applied for onward transmission (10 c. postage + 25 c. registration). Octagonal Paquebot datestamp "La Reunion a Marseille / L.V. No.2" in black (Oct 18) and Zurich arrival (Oct 30). The earliest recorded usage of the postal stationery card. The card is written by Alfred Ilg who helped Leon Chefneux establish the Concessionary Post Offices in Addis Abeba, Harar and Entotto, it is the sole recorded usage with an Entotto amharic datestamp and the only known usage in 1896. Cert. J-F. Brun (2017).rnrnProvenance: Collection Nachum Kaplan, Corinphila sale 169, Sept 2011, lot 753. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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SOLD for CHF750.00
Closing..Jun-09, 11:59 PM

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