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RUSSIA Russian Offices in China
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
2940 E   image1899 (24 Sep) registered cover franked with 14k carmine & blue, sent from Port Arthur, China to Moscow, postmarked in Port Arthur, with Moscow (14.11) arrival, fine. Stated to be one of two known examples of the 1899 provisional registration label (Image) (image 2940a)

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Current Opening Price...$550.00
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2941 E   image1901 (4 Apr) cover sent by the "Grunberg and Reilly" firm in Port Arthur, China to New York, franked with 10k "Kitai", tied by Chifu Russian Post Office cds, with Chinese "Chefoo" and Shanghai (8.4) transits, additional Russian Post Office in Shanghai, sent via Yokohama and Nagasaki, with New York arrival on back, fine (this cover, stationery of timber importers Grunberg and Reilly, was posted on a ship at Port Arthur and postmarked upon arrival in Chefoo, where it received the violet PAQUEBOT handstamp. Sidney George Reilly, known as "Ace of Spies", was a Russian-born adventurer and secret agent employed by Scotland Yard's Special Branch and later by the Foreign Section of the British Secret Service Bureau, the precursor to the modern British Secret Intelligence Service. He arrived in Port Arthur in early 1901 in the guise of a timber company owner. He remained there for four years, acting as a double agent for the British and the Japanese governments. Ian Fleming used him as a model for James Bond in his novels set in the early Cold War) (Image) (image 2941a)

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Current Opening Price...$500.00
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2942 E   image1904 (1 Mar) registered cover from Tsitsikar, Manchuria to Germany (addressed to the mother of a German officer serving in China), franked with 20k carmine & blue, tied by "Cicikar Polev. Pocht. Tel. Odp. Priam. Okr" cds, repeated alongside, with Registry label in Cyrillic, Darmstadt (4 Apr) arrival and complete wax seal ("Clerk 6th Class of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs") on back, minor cover faults and repaired internal tear along the franking, otherwise fine. (The Tsitsikar field post establishment opened in October 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion. This cover was sent by Nikolai Gotfridovich Poppe (1870-1913), an interpreter for the Russian occupation forces in Tsitsikar. He was later consul in Tientsin from 1907 to 1909, then consul general in Harbin. In September 1913 he took sick leave and left Harbin for St. Petersburg but died in transit at Ufa railway station) (Image) (image 2942a)

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Current Opening Price...$750.00
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2943 E   image1905 (11 May) registered picture postcard (Harbin railway station boulevard) from the head fieldpost office in Harbin to Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast, then forwarded to Assinie, franked with 20k carmine & blue, tied by "Glavn. Polev. Pocht. Kont." postmark, repeated below, with corresponding Registry label in Cyrillic, violet censor cachet of the Manchurian Army headquarters, Funchal, Madeira and Grand-Bassam and Assinie Ivory Coast arrival pmks, fine registered usage of a ppc to uncommon destination (Image) (image 2943a)

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Current Opening Price...$260.00
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2944 E   image1911 (13 Nov) 20k stationery entire envelope, registered from the Kyakhta telegraph office to Copenhagen, postmarked "Kyakhta Zabaik. Ob. Tel. Kont.", with "Troitskosavsk" transit and Registry label handstamped with a "K" for Kyakhta, backstamped on arrival in Copenhagen (11.12.11), some overall toning, otherwise fine and rare usage Kyakhta, on the Mongolian border, is a suburb of Troitskosavsk. The Kyakhta post office moved to Troitskosavsk in 1881, leaving just a telegraph office in Kyakhta (Image) (image 2944a)

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Current Opening Price...$1,100.00
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RUSSIA Russia Used in Asia
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
2945 E   image1854 10k stationery entire envelope with indicia on back, canceled by pen and sent from Kyakhta to St. Petersburg, with framed "Kyakhta 16 Nov 1854" departure and "Polucheno 20 Dec" St. Petersburg arrival pmks on back. This cover is described in Thilingirian "Stamps of the Russian Empire Used Abroad", on page 567 (at the time "earliest item reported so far from Kyakhta"), sent by a Russian trader residing in Kyakhta to an instructor at the St. Anna School which educated many prominent Russians, including Faberge (Kyakhta is a town located on the Kyakhta River near the Mongolia-Russia border. The town stands directly opposite the Mongolian border town of Altanbulag). A wonderful rarity, one of only five (!) recorded postal items from Kyachta (Image) (image 2945a)

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Current Opening Price...$10,000.00
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2946 E   image1879 (9 Jan) money letter from Gotopupovo (Tobolsk Province) to Odessa, postmarked straight-line "Gotopupovskaya Tob (9.1.79)", with Odessa (27.1) arrival. The letter contained 30 rubles to be transmitted to a Russian monastery on Mt. Athos in Greece. The postage was 45 kopecks (10 kopecks for weight, 30 kopecks for the 1% insurance fee, and 5 kopecks for the receipt), with mostly intact wax seal of the "Gotopupovskaya postal station for insured mail" (Image) (image 2946a)

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Current Opening Price...$140.00
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2947 E   image1883 (13 Dec) cover franked with 7k gray & rose, sent from Kars to Port-le-Grand, France, then forwarded to Paris. Postmarked in Kars (13.12.83 and 14.12), with Postal Wagon No. 71 (23.12, Kovel-Mlava rail line), Abbeville (7.1.84), and Paris (8.1) pmks on back. This is the earliest known mail from Kars, where postal operations began in late 1878 after Russia acquired Kars from Turkey. Kars reverted to Turkey in 1921. Sent to Fernand Hecquet d'Orval (1851-1911), a French cavalry officer (in May 1919 Kars came under the full administration of the Armenian Republic and became the capital of the Vanand province. In 1920, four Turkish divisions under the command of General Karabekir invaded the Armenian Republic, triggering the Turkish-Armenian War. Kars had been fortified to withstand a lengthy siege but was taken with little resistance by Turkish forces on 30 October 1920, in what has been called one of the worst military fiascoes in Armenian history. Armenia was forced to give back all the Ottoman territories granted to it in the Treaty of Sevres. After the Bolshevik advance into Armenia, the Treaty of Alexandropol was superseded by the Treaty of Kars (October 23, 1921), signed between Turkey and the Soviet Union) (Image)



Current Opening Price...$450.00
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2948 E   image1888 (16 Sep) FL from Tobolsk to the Yugansk native board in Surgut, with Tobolsk departure and Surgut (21 Sep) arrival pmks, bearing the seal (torn on opening) of the Tobolsk-Surgut circuit court. The letter reports that "a certain native was convicted of stealing four pounds of flour (worth 3 rubles, 84 kopecks) from another native in Surgut, and was sentenced to a month and a half in prison." This letter traveled by ship on the Ob and Irtysh Rivers (Image) (image 2948a)

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Current Opening Price...$140.00
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2949 E   image1888 (20 July) money letter sent from Temir-Khan-Shura in Dagestan to the Imperial Russian Consul General in Cairo, with Temir-Khan-Shura departure cds, sent via Odessa (28.7 and 29.7), and Volochisk (31.7). The letter contained 61 rubles to be transmitted to a resident of Dagestan who was then in Cairo. Postage was 59k (3x7k for weight, 31k for the 1/2% insurance fee rounded up, and 7k for registration). Routed via Austria, the required route for money letters addressed to Egypt. The sender was an interpreter in the administrative office of Dagestan Territory. A fascinating cover, with intact wax seals and clear markings on back (Image) (image 2949a)

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Current Opening Price...$140.00
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2950 E   image1891 (10 Aug) 4k stationery card sent from Pavlodar (Semipalatinsk Territory) to Paris, then forwarded to Zimmerwald, Switzerland, with clear Pavlodar departure, Moscow and Paris transits and Zimmerwald arrival pmks. The message reads "We left Omsk yesterday and are en route to Semipalatinsk, where we will arrive tomorrow night after a nonstop trip of 700 km" (Pavlodar is a city in northeastern Kazakhstan and the capital of Pavlodar Region) (Image) (image 2950a)

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Current Opening Price...$140.00
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2951 E   image1894 (28 May) registered cover franked with 20k carmine & blue on back, sent from "Osh" (Fergana) to Stockholm, by the explorer Sven Hedin to Carl Lewenhaupt, the Swedish foreign minister, with 26.6.94 arrival pmk. Sven Hedin was at that time in Kashgar in Chinese Turkestan and this cover was taken by courier from the Russian consulate in Kashgar to the nearest Russian post office in Osh, v.f. (perched in the mountains at the end of the Fergana Valley, on the border with Uzbekistan, Osh is one of the Silk Roads' oldest and most famous market towns. The city was occupied and annexed by the Russian Empire in 1876 when Russia overwhelmed the Central Asian khanates during the so-called "Great Game", the contest between Britain and Russia for dominance in Central Asia. This conquest was achieved and the inclusion to the Russian empire made by the mid 1880s) (Image) (image 2951a)

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Current Opening Price...$2,500.00
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2952 E   image1897 (21 Jan) registered money letter from Semipalatinsk to Horovice, Austria, canceled on departure in Semipalatinsk, with transit markings of Moscow (2.2 and 3.2), Granitsa (6.2 and 7.2), arriving Horovice (22.2). The (incorrect) postage initially assessed was 37 kopecks (20 kopecks for weight, 7 kopecks for insurance, and 10 kopecks for registration). The clerk changed the insurance fee to 3 kopecks, the correct rate for countries bordering Russia (today Semey, until 2007 known as Semipalatinsk and in 1917-20 as Alash-kala, is a city in East Kazakhstan Region, and in the Kazakhstan part of Siberia) (Image) (image 2952a)

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Current Opening Price...$140.00
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2953 E   image1899 (13 July) registered cover franked on back with 10k and 20k, tied by "Osh" cds, with rare provisional Registry label on front, sent by Sven Hedin to Stockholm, with Moscow transit and Stockholm (16.8.99) arrival pmks. Sven Hedin was in Chinese Turkestan and this cover was taken by courier to the nearest Russian post office in Osh for further transmission to Sweden, fine and rare (Image) (image 2953a)

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Current Opening Price...$2,500.00
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2954 E   image1900 (11 July) 3k stationery card uprated with 1k orange, sent from Bayan-Aul (Semipalatinsk Territory) to London, postmarked in BayanAul, with transit markings of Pavlodar (12.7) and Moscow (22.7 and 24.7), arriving in London on 9th August, 1900. A fine card, sent by Heyman Orkin (1872-1945), a Russian-born Englishman in the mining business. The message reads "Arrived today from Pavlodar and am leaving at once further south. I have still 90 miles to my place of destination. On my way I have visited many copper and silver mines and have already a very clear idea about ores and mining in this place. Everything speaks most favorably" (Bayanaul, Pavlodar Province is a village in Pavlodar Region, Kazakhstan) (Image) (image 2954a)

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Current Opening Price...$140.00
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2955 E   image1900 (17 Aug) money letter sent from Ust-Kamenogorsk to the Holy Synod in St. Petersburg, postmarked in Ust-Kamenogorsk, with St. Petersburg (30.8) arrival, intact wax seals, small corner cover repair. The postage was 17 kopecks (7 kopecks for weight, 3 kopecks for the 1/2% insurance fee rounded up and 7 kopecks for registration). The postmark should read "Semipalat. Ob." rather than "Semipalat G." (today Oskemen, Ust-Kamenogorsk is the administrative center of East Kazakhstan Region) (Image) (image 2955a)

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Current Opening Price...$140.00
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2956 E   image1901 (9 Nov) money letter (opened for display) sent from the "Loktinskoye volost administration" (Tobolsk Province) to Odessa, with Loktinsk, Yelansk, Omsk and Odessa pmks. The letter contained 3 rubles to be transmitted to the Russian monastery on Mt. Athos in Greece. Postage was 16k (7k for weight, 2k for the 1/2% insurance fee rounded up, and 7k for registration), intact wax seals and markings, impressive cover (Image) (image 2956a)

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Current Opening Price...$140.00
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2957 E   image1902 (9 Dec) registered legal-size cover (opened for display), franked on back with 8 each of 3k and 7k, sent from Kayagent station (Vladikavkaz-Baku rail line) to London, postmarked at "St. Kayagent", with red oval (29.12.02) London arrival datestamp. Postage was 80 kopecks (7x10k for weight and 10k for registration). This is the earliest known mail from Kayagent station, where postal operations began in October 1902. Sent to G. S. Howell, secretary of the board of directors of the Anglo-Russian Petroleum Co., which was drilling for oil near Kayagent (Image)



Current Opening Price...$240.00
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2958 E   image1915 (15 June) registered, home-made envelope from Kurgan, franked on back with 20k carmine & blue, sent to the governor of Tobolsk province, with arrival pmk. The cover contained a grievance submitted by a peasant from the village of Korobeinikova. With manuscript "Taken out of a mailbox by post and telegraph clerk Bazanov." (Image) (image 2958a)

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Current Opening Price...$140.00
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RUSSIA - ZEMSTVO PSKOV
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
2959 ngbl   image1900 Coat of Arms, 1k, 3k, 5k, 10k se-tenant sheet of 78, imperf. at right, unused without gum, some perf. strengthening and slight toning in places, double perfs running through the sixth row, rare intact sheet (Image)



Current Opening Price...$900.00
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