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Philatelic Marketplace Sale - S005

Citerne Classics Booth #PTS200

Russia
LotNo. Symbol Catalogue # Lot Description
1 POSTAL HISTORY imageCaucasus, Azerbaijan. Russia 1883 Elisavetpol Caucasus/Azerbaijan EARLIEST MAIL RECORDED - Ex E.G. Peel Very Rare Elisavetpol 1883 (21 March) - International mail sent to Budapest (Hungary), a 7k Arms pays the correct rate (tariff of 20 march 1879), with two very fine strikes of the rare double circle handstamp "ELISAVETPOL 21 MAR. 1883" (Ø 25mm, type 2 in Ashford). Transit via Moscow 29 March & arrival Budapest 14 april. Very Fine. Exceptional early mail from the main post office of the Elisavetpol Province. An important item of Azerbaijan philately. Provenance: ex collection E. G. Peel, also illustrated in Ashford´s Imperial Stamps Used in Transcaucasia (page 474) and Zagorski´s catalogue Elisavetpol was incorporated in the Russian empire in 1813 (Treaty of Gulistan) and renamed after Alexander I ´s wife (Elisabeth). The city became the capital of the Elisavetpol Province in 1868. Mail in the XIXth century is very scarce: the official postal records, for instance, mention only 1946 foreign outgoing letters for the year 1887.
Citerne Classics Item#:2738 Booth #PTS200

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2 POSTAL HISTORY imageGeorgia, Caucasus, Romanov. Russia 1913 Tiflis Province Gurdzhani Village - POSSIBLY UNIQUE Gurdzhani, Tiflis Province 1913 (13 March) - Postcard sent to Telav, postage paid with 1k Arms & 2k Romanov (3 kopek: tariff of 20 march 1879) and tied with the extremely rare double circle handstamp "GURDZHANI TIFLIS 13 03 1913" (Ø 26mm, Ashford Type 1). Arrival Telav Tiflis same day. Very Fine. A recent discovery and probably unique mail from Gurdzhani, previously recorded only on one single stamp in Ashford´s Imperial Stamps Used in Transcaucasia (see Part Three, page 167 :"So far, only a single Gurdzhani cancellation has been recorded (...) on a single 2k Romanov stamp"). Gurdzhani was a small village located on the Alazi plain, famous for its wine growing. It is missing in the Baedeker travelling guide. Michel 63, 83 / Standard 94, 110
Citerne Classics Item#:2210 Booth #PTS200

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3 POSTAL HISTORY imageImperial Russia 1865 Issue. Russia 1865 30k Carmine & Rose Unwatermarked in Combination on Cover - Michel 14 & 17 St Petersburg, 1867 (5 August) - 1865 30k carmine & rose (on thick paper) and 5k black & reddish violet - both unwatermarked issue - paying the 35 kopek rate on a folded letter to Livorno. Sent from the St Petersburg "Varsaw Train Station", transit postmarks "AUS RUSSLAND" (18 August), Bahnpost (20 August) and Milano (21 August), arrival 22 August. Some aging around the adhesive and on some perfs, otherwise Very Fine. The 30k carmine & rose unwatermarked is a very scarce stamp on cover. It was issued in June 1865 but replaced quite shortly in August 1866 by the watermarked version. Provenance: the Mimbelli/Livorno correspondance
Citerne Classics Item#:2717 Booth #PTS200

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4 POSTAL HISTORY imageImperial Russia 1866 & 1868 Issues. Russia 1868 30k & 1866 Issues Superb MIXED FRANKING Registered - Michel 19x, 23y Cv. 640 € Kukarsk, Vyatka province 1876 (15 November) - Domestic Registered large envelope sent to a Court in Vyatka, with a superb combination of the 1866 3k Black & Green and 1868 30k Carmine & Rose on vertically paper, paying the correct 63k registered sixth weight step rate (tariff of 19 June 1875 : 8 kopek for each lot + registration 10 kopek + receipt 5 kopek). Arrival Vyatka 18 November 1875. Intact wax seal. Superb in all aspects. A beautiful cover, extremely well preserved for its size, and a scarce multiple franking with the 30 kopek from 1868.
Citerne Classics Item#:2771 Booth #PTS200

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5 POSTAL HISTORY imageImperial Russia 1866 & 1875 Issues. Russia 1866 & 1875 Issues MIXED FRANKING on Registered Local Cover - Michel 21 & 26 Vyatka 1877 (9 June) - Registered envelope sent locally, with a superb combination of the 1866 10k brown & blue and 1875 8k grey & carmine, paying the correct 18k registered first rate (tariff of 19 June 1875 : 8 kopek for one lot + registration 10 kopek). Superb in all aspects.
Citerne Classics Item#:1932 Booth #PTS200

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6 POSTAL HISTORY imageImperial Russia 1866 Issue. Russia 1866 5k LARGEST FRANKING KNOWN - ex collection Small Ryazan 1882 (11 September) - Inland registered envelope sent to Moscow, 2k (1) and 5k (15) making up 77 kopek paying the correct registered 10th rate (tariff of 20 March 1879 : 10x7 kopek per lot + registration 7 kopek). Very Fine. Michel 14y (thin paper 0,08mm) & 24x Largest franking recorded of ANY 5 kopek stamp of the 1864-1868 issues. Provenance: Frederick Small (Harmers NY 1974, lot 147)
Citerne Classics Item#:2609 Booth #PTS200

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7 * imageRussia 1866 Issue: THE COMPLETE SET OF FIVE TRIAL COLOR PROOFS 1866 Colour Proofs - Complete set of five trial color proofs of the 5 kopek on horizontally laid & watermarked gummed paper, in definitive design: 5k Orange, Green, Blue, Red & Violet (a few irregular perfs as often the case, the last one with a small thin). Very Fine set. A rare goup. Certificates: Dr Leupold Mi 20 Pa, 20 Pb, 20 Pc, 20 Pd, 20 Pe, Lyapine Cv. 1750 €, Zverev Cv. 2250 $
Citerne Classics Item#:1867 Booth #PTS200

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8 POSTAL HISTORY imageImperial Russia 1868 Issue. Russia 1868 1k Black & Yellow Vert. Laid SOLO on PRINTED MATTER - Michel 18y Cv. 400 € 1k PAIR SOLO ON PRINTED MATTER - Kvellenstein, Lifland 1872 (18 January): 1868 1k black & yellow (2) (vertically laid paper) paying the correct 2k rate on a one page Domestic Printed Matter to Dorpat (tariff of 1st January 1872: 2k for one page printed matter). Arrival 20 January 1872. Very Fine. A rare franking / rate combination. Certificate: Mandrovski
Citerne Classics Item#:2715 Booth #PTS200

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9 ** imageImperial Russia 1902 Issue. Russia 1902 Issue 3,50R Bloc MNH - Standard 73 / Michel 55y / Standard 73 Cv. 1000 € 1902 Issue - 3,50 rubles black & grey perforated 13¼ (vertically laid paper), bloc of four MNH, some aging spots on reverse and on a few perfs, F/VF
Citerne Classics Item#:2503 Booth #PTS200

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10 O imageImperial Russia First Issue. Russia 1858 FIRST ISSUE Imperforate Plate II - Michel 1 / Scott 1 Scarce PAIR 1858 (1st January) First Issue - 10k Brown & Blue imperforate (watermark "1" paper), printed on plate II, VERY SCARCE PAIR cancelled by pen (provisory cancellation) on small fragment. The left stamp is very fine, the right stamp is defective, repaired at bottom and upper right frame touched. Multiples of Russia #1 are very scarce, this pair is a recent discovery unrecorded in Guido Craveri´s "Census of the 1857 10-kopek". Certificate: Dr Leupold
Citerne Classics Item#:1850 Booth #PTS200

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11 O imageRussia 1858 FIRST ISSUE Imperforate Plate II Cancelled Mitava Latvia - Michel 1 / Scott 1 Cv. 750 € 1858 (1st January) First Issue - 10k Brown & Blue imperforate with watermark "1", printed on plate II, cancelled by the pre adhesive single line postmark of MITAVA (provisory cancellation), four nice margins, very fresh and nice colours. A very fine, close to extremely fine example of this iconic stamp.
Citerne Classics Item#:1849 Booth #PTS200

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12 ** imageImperial Russia Moscow & St Petersburg City Post I. Russia 1863 St Petersburg/Moscow CITY POSTS 5k Bloc MNH - Michel 2 / Zverev C1 Cv. 550 $ 1863 St Petersburg & Moscow City Posts - 5k black & blue, bloc of four MNH lower left corner of the sheet, positions 81-82-91-92, with very scarce blue " ˜ " imprint mark at the bottom. Very Fine.
Citerne Classics Item#:2214 Booth #PTS200

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13 POSTAL HISTORY imageImperial Russia Romanov Issue. Russia 1916 5R Romanov on Money Letter - Michel 98 Scarce Franking Moscow, 1916 (28 January) - International Money Letter of 3,750 rubles (!) to France, franked at 6,95 rubles (including 2 rubles for the seal) with the main value 5 R black Romanov, and a colorfull selection of Arms 2k, 20k (2), 50k and 1 R. Due to the effect of heavy war combats, the east access of France was blocked and the mail went through a large detour via England (London Registered handstamp). All appropriate postmarks, Very Fine. A very scarce usage of the 5 Rubles Romanov, with a great money letter diverted because of war. Certificate: Hovest Michel 64IIAb, 72IIAb (2), 75IIAb, 77Axb, 98 /Standard 95, 103 (2), 106, 108, 125
Citerne Classics Item#:1586 Booth #PTS200

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14 POSTAL HISTORY imageRussia ROMANOV FIRST DAY COVER 2 January 1913 - Rare St Petersburg, 1913 (2 January) - Domestic 7k Romanov Postal Stationery envelope sent to Libava (tariff of 2 March 1879), indicium cancelled "ST PETERSBURG 2 JANUARY 1913" First Day of Issue of the Romanov set. Arrival at the Baltic Sea city two days later, 4 January 1913. Very Fine. Very rare, one of only 6 Romanov First Day Cover recorded, and the only Romanov postal stationery (Michel U52A). Illustrated in our article: M.J. Citerne, First day Covers of the Romanov Tercentenary Issue (BJRP 111, November 2021)
Citerne Classics Item#:2539 Booth #PTS200

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15 POSTAL HISTORY imageImperial Russia Romanov Issue, Postal fraud. Russia 1913 ROMANOV POSTAL FRAUD Stamp Used Twice in Poland - Scarce Lodz, 1913 (25 February) - International reply Romanov 3k card, correctly uprated at 4k (tariff of 8 March 1889) with Romanov 1k orange-red PREVIOUSLY USED. The original stamp was lifted up and replaced by a used one, the Lodz canceller applied to conceal the previous cancellation. Some foxing on the adhesive. Scarce postal fraud usage of a Romanov stamp. Blatant case of fraud by the postal clerk of the Lodz office, who pocketed the 1 kopek. (Michel 82 + reply card 3k)
Citerne Classics Item#:1722 Booth #PTS200

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16 POSTAL HISTORY imageImperial Russia Second Issue. Russia 1858 10k Brown & Blue Watermarked "1" on Cover Moscow Voronezh Michel 2 / Scott 2 - Cv. 600 € Moscow, 1858 (12 July) - 1858 10k brown & blue watermarked "1" & perf. 14¾:15, cancelled by the Circular Dotted postmark "2" of Moscow on a folded entire to Voronezh. Correct domestic rate 10 kopek for one lot. Very light vertical fold far away from the adhesive (mentionned for accuracy). Very Fine. A scarce & undervalued stamp on cover, and the twin brother of Russia 1 (Michel 2x on thick paper 0,11mm)
Citerne Classics Item#:2718 Booth #PTS200

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17 POSTAL HISTORY imageRussia 1858 10k Brown & Blue Watermarked "1" Very Rare BLUE CANCEL Michel 2 / Scott 2 Kovno, Lithuania 1858 (November) - 10k brown & blue watermarked "1" & perf. 14¾:15, paying a first rate domestic commercial entire to Varsaw, Poland. Exceptional Circular Dotted "19" cancellation applied in color BLUE. Departure & arrival postmarks on back. Very Fine. Cancellations applied in BLUE on any of the January 1858 stamps of Russia are very rare, we have recorded only 4 covers franked with the 10k perf (Mi 2) including this one, as well as 1 or 2 with the 20k (Mi 3). Certificate: Mandrovski Provenance: the Epstein archive
Citerne Classics Item#:1803 Booth #PTS200

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18 POSTAL HISTORY imageImperial Russia Third Issue. Russia 1858 20k Blue & Orange Unwatermarked - Rectangular Dotted "119" Rostov - Michel 6 Rostov on Don, 1860 (27 October) - 20k dark blue & orange (unwatermarked perforated 12¼:12½ paper), paying a second rate domestic commercial entire to St Petersburg. Superb strike of the Rectangular Dotted "119" cancellation of Rostov. Arrival postmark St Petersburg 5 November 1860 on back. Very Fine. A scarce solo franking paying two Lots. Certificate: Mikulski
Citerne Classics Item#:2515 Booth #PTS200

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19 POSTAL HISTORY imageRussia 1862 Rostov Fortress - Rectangular Dotted "119" - Michel 5 Rostov on Don Fortress, 1862 (9 January) - 10k brown & blue (unwatermarked perf. 12¼:12½ paper) paying the domestic first rate to St Petersburg, the stamp cancelled by the RECTANGULAR DOTTED "119" postmark and on reverse the departure handstamp "POCTOBCKA? ??.(??????)" from the Rostov Fortress. Arrival St Petersburg 18 January 1862. Very Fine.
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20 POSTAL HISTORY imageImperial Russia Turkestan, Transcapia. Russia TURKESTAN - Transcapia Zakaspia Oblast City IOLOTAN 1910 - Rare Postmark Iolotan, Zakaspia Oblast [???????????? ???????] 1910 (9 January) - Illustrated postcard to Tver, correctly franked with 1k Arms (3) (3 kopek: tariff of 20 March 1879), tied by the rare "IOLOTAN ZAKASP. -9.1.10" postmark. Also a second strike on departure dated the day after. Very Fine. Rare mail from Iolotan, Transcaspia Territory (Zakaspia Oblast), Russian Turkestan. Iolotan was a village with a train station along the line Merv-Kushka, in the Merv district (actual Turkmenistan). Provenance: this card is illustrated in Mramornov et. al (Russian Post in Central Asia, Moscow 2019, p. 75)
Citerne Classics Item#:2145 Booth #PTS200

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21 POSTAL HISTORY imagePrestamp Period. St Petersburg 1773 FIRST RUSSIAN POSTMARK Dobin 0.01 a - Rare St Petersburg 1773 (14 July) - A very fair strike of a ST PETERSBOVRG postmark, on a commercial folded entire to Pernau. The FIRST postmark from St Petersburg (42 x 2,5 mm), on an entire dated from Riga on the inside flap, but posted at the St Petersburg post office. Very Fine. A scarce entire, the handstamp recorded by Manfred Dobin between 1765 and 1779. Provenance: The Jacob Jacke correspondance
Citerne Classics Item#:2533 Booth #PTS200

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22 POSTAL HISTORY imageMoscow 1784 Prestamp Postmark Dobin 0.03 Rare Moscow 1784 (18 April) - A complete strike of a MOSCOV postmark, on a commercial folded entire to Bourgogne, France. Transit "per Wesel". 18th Century postmarks of Moscow are surprisingly much scarcer than their St Petersburg counterparts. A rare postmark, recorded by Manfred Dobin between 1770 and 1832. Provenance: illustrated in Combs & Warr "The Postmarks of Moscow 1765-1917" (1999, p. 82)
Citerne Classics Item#:1759 Booth #PTS200

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23 POSTAL HISTORY imageRiga 1785 FLEURON Postmark Dobin 0.04 - Rare Riga 1785 (21 July) - A complete and superb strike of the RIGA framed "FLEURON" postmark, on a commercial folded entire to Bordeaux, France. Transit handstamp via Wesel and via "Mayseck". Very Fine. A rare and famous postmark, recorded by Manfred Dobin between 1780 and 1787.
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24 POSTAL HISTORY imageRussia 1809 St Petersburg Head Post Office POSTAL CHART - Very Rare St Petersburg 1809 (22 January) - Postal chart sent by the St Petersburg Head Post Office to the city of Kholm. A very unusual postal document. Provenance: illustrated in Dobin & Ratner (From the History of The Saint Petersburg Post 1703-1914, St Petersburg 2004, p. 24)
Citerne Classics Item#:2534 Booth #PTS200

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25 POSTAL HISTORY imagePrestamp Period, Caucasus, Disinfection Mail. Russia 1816 NORTH CAUCASUS Stavropol - Rare DISINFECTION MAIL Georgievsk, Stavropol province 1816 (2 March) - Folded letter to the Tambov provincial administration, very scarce departure postmark "GEORGIEVSK" and DISINFECTION PUNCH HOLES applied during the plague outbreak that affected the city during 1814-1816. Very Fine. A rare disinfection mail from North Caucasus. Provenance: collection Howard Weinert. Dobin 1.02 (43x5 mm) Note: this is a police affair correspondance ("In reference to your letter of 26 october 1815, the police did not investigate Captain Vasily Shipolov and his estate.")
Citerne Classics Item#:2528 Booth #PTS200

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26 POSTAL HISTORY Prestamp Period, Caucasus, Disinfection Mail, Blac. Russia 1851 BLACK SEA Redut Kale Fortress DISINFECTION POSTMARK - Extremely Rare Redut Kale 1851 (October) - Newspaper in Armenian language delivered to Russia via the Black Sea Fortress of REDUT KALE, located on the Hopi river. Extremely rare DISINFECTION handstamp "DISINF. IN REDUT KALE QUARANTINE -- OCT. 1851" (43x20 mm). Fine/Very Fine. One of two recorded. A rarity. Note: this is the rarest Russian disinfection special handstamp (see "Russian Ship Mail Post", Mandroski et. al, Moscow 2011: postmark rated RRRR). Redut Kale was a transfer point for goods coming from the Mediterranean, Black and Azov seas to Transcaucasia. The place was very inconvenient because goods had to be unloaded from the ships and carried to the nearby city.
Citerne Classics Item#:1593 Booth #PTS200

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27 POSTAL HISTORY imagePrestamp Period, Military, Poland. Russia Poland Napoleonic War 1813 - General Staff Army in OCCUPIED WARSAW Moscow, 1813 - Folded Official Military letter sent free of charge via civilian post to the General on Duty of the Army on Active Service in Warsaw, right after the defeat of Napoleon. Very fair strike of a "MOCKBA" departure postmark. Very Fine. After Napoleon disastrous retreat, Warsaw was occupied by Russian troops on 28 January 1813. Provenance: Tyukov (also illustrated in his book "Military Correspondance in the Russian Empire")
Citerne Classics Item#:1865 Booth #PTS200

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28 POSTAL HISTORY imagePrestamp Period, Ship Mail. Russia 1851 BALTIC SEA SHIP MAIL "Preussischer Adler" - Stettin Kronstadt Line / Very Scarce Stettin, 1851 (2 September) - Commercial folded entire sent to St Petersburg, embarked on the steamship "PREUSSISCHER ADLER", one of the two ships of the STETTIN - KRONSTADT steamship line which operated via the Gulf of Finland & Baltic Sea. Very Fine. A very scarce ship mail entire from the Stettin-Kronstadt Steampship Line (see "Russian Ship Mail Post", Mandroski et. al, Moscow 2011, p. 34)
Citerne Classics Item#:1973 Booth #PTS200

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29 POSTAL HISTORY imageRussia Norway Mandahl 1832 BOOTLEG MAIL to Danish Consul via Baltic Sea Riga 1832 (February) - A very fine folded entire sent from Riga to Tobias Wattne [1780-1861] (see photo), Danish Consul in the very small city of MANDAHL at the south coast of NORWAY. Probably sent per bootleg via the Baltic Sea (manuscript counting of fees on the inside of the wrapper "9 - 18"). Mandahl was a small village located at the southest tip of the Norvegian coast. A rare bootleg mail with an exceptional destination
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30 POSTAL HISTORY imageShip Mail, Sweden, Foreign Cancellation. Russia 1872 BALTIC SEA SHIP MAIL with SWEDISH STOCKHOLM CANCELLATION - Superb Franking 1872 (2 August) - 1865 1k (2) and 3k (2) (unwatermarked paper) combined with 1866 5k (2) and 10k (watermarked paper), making up a correct 28 kopek franking (tariff for second rate international mail). The envelope was sent from the Swedish noble family Stjernstedt to a family member in Motala, Sweden. Posted on board of a Russian ship crossing the Baltic Sea, the Russian adhesives cancelled upon transit in Stockholm with the foreign circular "STOCKHOLM 02 08 1872 N:7". Very Fine. A superb and exceptional four colors ship mail franking, the most impressive of the few Baltic Sea covers recorded with this Swedish arrival cancellation. Certificate Dr Leupold (Michel 12, 13, 20x, 21x)
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