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Europe continued...

Russian Levant continued...
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
1581 imageImperial Post 1868 (Apr 30): Entire letter from Messina to Taganrog, brought by courrier to Constantinople, bearing right marginal horizontal pair of 1868 10 kop. carmine & green perf. 11½, cancelled with two strikes of mute Retta Shipmail obliterator in blue. Information strike of "ROPiT KONSTANTINOP. AGENT. 30 III 68" cds with inverted day slug in blue alongside (Tchilinghirian fig. 8). Filing folds away from the stamps and postmarks, some wear and tear, but an interesting cover.rnNote: This first issue of the Imperial Post in the Levant (if one neglects the 6 kop. 'banderol' stamp) came into use on May 1st, 1868 when the Constantinople Consular P.O. was closed and the ROPiT P.O. became the only official Russian office. This cover is therefore a usage one day before the Official take over of the ROPiT office. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF1,200.00
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM
1582 imageImperial Post 1870 (Feb 5): Entire letter from Smyrna to Taganrog, bearing a vertical strip of three of 1868 10 kop. carmine & green perf. 11½ showing the normal irregularities of this perforation, cancelled with three strikes of numeral '780' of Smyrna in blue. Information strike of "SMIRNA 5 FEB. 1870" cds in blue on reverse (Tchilinghirian fig. 772). Filing folds away from the stamps and postmarks, some wear and tear, but an interesting and attractive entire.rnProvenance: Collection Cihangir, Corinphila sale 121 (May 2000), lot 503. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF260.00
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM
1583 imageImperial Post 1874 (July 25): Entire letter from Constantinople to Odessa, bearing 1872 1 kop. brown on horizontally laid paper and vertical strip of three 3 kop. green, all perf. 14½, tied by "KONST-POLSK 25 JULY 74" cds in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 713). Odessa arrival cds in black alongside (July 27). File fold through the lower 3 kopeck stamp, nevertheless an interesting franking to pay the 10 kop. rate.rnProvenance: Collection Cihangir, Corinphila sale 121 (May 2000), lot 371. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF650.00
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM
1584 imageImperial Post 1875 (Sept 16): Cover with all-Arabic address from Trapezunt to Constantinople, bearing on reverse a horizontal pair of 1872 1 kop. brown and three single adhesives of 3 kop. green, all perf. 14½, tied with two fair strikes of "TRAPEZUNT 16 SEP. 75" cds in blue, another information strike on obverse (Tchilinghirian fig. 738). An attractive item. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF480.00
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM
1585 imageImperial Post 1875 (Aug 2): Entire letter from Constantinople to Metelin, bearing 1872 1 kop. brown and 5 kop. blue, both on horizontally laid paper and perf. 14½, tied by crisp "KONSTANTIN 2 AUG 75" cds in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 11). Port-to-Port 6 kop. rate introduced in 1875. Cert. Holcombe (1990). (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF260.00
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM
1586 imageImperial Post 1873 (Sept 12): Envelope with all-Arabic address from Samsun to Constantinople, bearing a horizontal pair of 1872 3 kop. green perf. 14½, tied with fair "SAMSUN 12 SEP. 73" cds in blue, another information strike alongside (Tchilinghirian fig. 125). Reverse with "KONST-POLSK 16 SEP. 73" arrival cds in blue (Tchilinghirian fig 713). One sideflap missing, nevertheless an appealing cover.rnProvenance: Collection Cihangir, Corinphila sale 121 (May 2000), lot 478. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF500.00
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM
1587 imageImperial Post 1876 (Jan 17): Envelope from Constantinople to Tiflis, bearing 1872 3 kop. green and 5 kop. blue, both perf. 14½, tied by fair "KONSTANTIN 17 JAN 76" cds in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 12). Tiflis arrival cds in black alongside (Jan 25). Stamps crossed by light crease, backflap missing and cover with some wrinkles and edge wear, nevertheless an interesting franking to pay the 8 kop. rate which came into force in 1875.rnProvenance: Collection Cihangir, Corinphila sale 123 (Oct 2000), lot 3601. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM
1588 imageImperial Post 1872 (Aug 11): Entire letter from Smyrna via Constantinople to Taganrog, bearing 1872 3 kop. green and 10 kop. carmine & green on horizontally laid paper, both perf. 14½, tied in transit with fair "KONST-POLSK AGENSTVO 15 AUG. 1872" cds in blue and Taganrog arrival cds in black, another Constantinople information strike alongside (Tchilinghirian fig. 13). Reverse with ODESSA transit cds in black (Aug. 18, 1872). rnProvenance: Collection Cihangir, Corinphila sale 121 (May 2000), lot 361.rnNote: Rate reduction with 3 kop. for Ropit and 10 kop. for Russia. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM
1589 imageImperial Post 1873 (Aug 9): Entire letter from Constantinople to Taganrog, bearing horizontal pair 1872 5 kop. blue perf. 14½, tied by "KONST-POLSK AGENSTVO 9 AUG. 1873" cds in blue and Odessa transit cds in black. Another Constantinople information strike and two Taganrog arrival cds's alongside (Aug 14/15). rnNote: Further rate reduction to 10 kop. for the whole journey. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF320.00
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM
1590 imageImperial Post 1881 (Dec 14): Double rate Envelope from Beyrouth to Aleppo, bearing 1872 5 kop. blue on horizontally laid paper (2) and 1879 1 kop. black & yellow on vertically laid paper (2), tied by numeral '783' of Beyrouth, despatch "BEIRUT 14 DEK." cds in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 219) on reverse, transit "ALEKSANDRETA 19 DEK." cds in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 200) on obverse. Upon arrival in Aleppo Turkey Dulos 1 pia and 2 pia. were applied as postage due for the inland part of the journey and tied by "ALEP TURQUIE 2 JANVIER 1881". Edge faults and shortened at base, opened for display, nevertheless an impressive combination cover.rnProvenance: Collection Liphschutz; collection Cihangir, Corinphila sale 121 (May 2000), lot 557. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF3,000.00
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM
1591 imageImperial Post 1878 (May 29): Entire letter from Constantinople to Taganrog, bearing 1876 '8' on 10 kop. carmine & green perf. 14½, tied by fair "KONSTANTIN 29 MAYA 78" cds in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 12). Reverse with Odessa transit and Taganrog arrival cds's (June 3). Minor edge wear, still an attractive usage of the provisional '8' kop. overprints used in Constantinople to pay the 8 kop. rate. Opinion Mikulski (1984). Cert. Eisold (1999). (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF600.00
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM
1592 imageImperial Post 1880 (March 1): Envelope with all-Arabic address from Constantinople to Tabriz in Persia, bearing 1879 thick type I '7' in black on 10 kop. carmine & green perf. 14½, tied by "KONSTANTIN 1 MAR 80" cds in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 12). Reverse with Tabriz arrival cds (March 31). A fine cover with minor wrinkles to an unusual destination. Opinion Mikulski (1984). Cert. Eisold (1999). (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF900.00
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM
1593 image1890: 10 kop. red & green, a vertical pair used on reverse of registered 1897 envelope to St. Petersburg tied by "ROPiT / Constantinople" Cyrillic datestamp in black (Sept 4), with Odessa transit cds adjacent and St. Petersburg arrival (Sept 8). A fresh and fine cover. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF120.00
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM
1594 imageIncoming from Russia 1879 (Apr 21): Entire letter from Odessa to Constantinople, bearing Russia Imperial arms 1879 7 kop. grey & carmine on horizintally laid paper perf. 14½, tied upon arrival by "KONSTANTIN 23 APR. 79" cds in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 12). Reverse with additional information strike. Adhesive with corner fault, nevertheless an appealing cover which was presumably given directly to the Steamer and postmarked upon arrival. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF240.00
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM
1595 imageInscribed P.O.Π.и.T (ROPiT) 1866: Selection 13 used stamps and three pieces with numeral, retta and datestamp cancellations incl. 10 pa. rose & blue with retta cancellation on single adhesives and vertical pair on piece, numeral cancellations '783' of Beyrouth on single and crisp '785' of Alexandria on horizontal and vertical pair. Also 2 pia. blue & rose with Retta cancellation, numerals '781' of Mersina on pair ex Faberge with Mikulski cert., '782' of Alexandretta and '785' of Alexandria on single adhesives, and cds's of Port Alexandria, Port Latakie and Port Rhodos (2) as well as Odessa upon arrival, opinion Holcombe. A scarce and attractive assembly, minor irregularities as to be expected. Mi = € 1'800+. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF600.00
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM
1596 imageImperial Post 1876/79: Selection three unused and four used stamps with provisional overprints from Constantinople incl. '8' on 10 kop. carmine & green with black (2) and blue ovpt., thick type I '7' on 10 kop. ovpt in black (used & unused) and blue (unused) as well as rare thin type II '7' on 10 kop. ovpt. in black unused. All adhesives with competent signatures, from e.g. Mikulski and Holcombe. A scarce assembly, the stamps in mixed condition Mi = € 1'400. (Image 1)

SOLD for CHF320.00
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM
Soviet Union
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
1597 image1931: Commemorative issue 'Airship construction', full set of five imperf. values, first day cancellation "Moscow - 15. 5. 31", on registerd airmail card sent to Bruges/Belgium, good condition. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF120.00
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM
1598 image1971: 90th birthday William Foster with with date error '1964' in a complete sheet of 25 adhesives in unmounted og. condition. Mi = € 700. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF100.00
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM
1599 image1926/44c: Selection 50+ commemorative stamps in blocks of four in unmounted og condition, incl. 1932 15th anniversary of the October Revolution 35 kop. dark-brown and 1942 Alischer Navoi. Mi = € 5'600 following the consignor for single stamps. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM
1600 image1946: Lot of twelve complete mint sheets. Mi 1007 one margin missing and small adhesion, otherwise very fine, 1025A, 1027A-1031A, 1041-2,1044. Clean lot. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4) (Image 5) (Image 6) (Image 7) (Image 8) (Image 9) (Image 10) (Image 11) (Image 12)

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SOLD for CHF200.00
Closing..Jun-10, 11:59 PM

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