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Italy continued...

Italian Occupations WWII continued...
Lot Symbol Catalog No. Descrip Opening
20308   image1941 (Dec 1) Cover sent by a civilian from Syra to Italy, paying the single airmail rate with Aegean 20c and airmail 80c, tied by "Syros/Apostoli" cds on departure (Astolfi p. 9), Italian censorship and backstamp on receipt. Outstandingly fine, one of only three civilian mails from the Cyclades with Aegean Islands frankings.(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. € 250

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20309 ,   image1941 Military Mail: Group of 21 covers/cards mounted on exhibition pages, six exhibiting the "Cicladi" cds, rare "Cicladi" used on Aegean frankings, Thira and "Cicladi" cds's used in conjunction, "Franchigia Postale/Truppe occupazione Cicladi", "Franchigia Postale" or "Essente da Tassa..." free-postage handstamps including the very rare type V of which only three items are known, mail from the Banco di Roma with high frankings tied by P.M. 162 cds, "Comando Marina" markings, etc. Viewing highly recommended.(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4) (Image 5)

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Estimate. € 1,000

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20310 ,   image1941 Civilian Mail: Group of 13 covers/cards and some unsued picture postcards, including combination of civilian and military cancellations, Greek type censorship marking with rubbed out coat of arms, the scarce Syra censorship in transit with and without coat of arms, the restricted airmail service allowed to civilians, rare telegram cover from Rhodes to Syra when the telegraphic line was interrupted, as well as a couple of documents.(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4) (Image 5)

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Estimate. € 500

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20311   imageSporades Islands (Isole Sporadi). 1941 (June 2) 30c Aegean stationery card from Samos to Rhodes, struck on dispatch with "Sporadi" cds, used in violet in an early short period, predating by two weeks the previously earliest recorded date of usage (by Marchese) of this cancellation (Marchese p. RR as used regularly), with the denomination being tied on arrival with "Rodi" cds. The earliest usage known of this key and very rare cancellation, certainly one of the three most important items of the Italian occupation of the Sporades. Signed Sorani and Chiavarello.(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. € 800

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20312   image1941 (June 12) Postcard from Samos to Brescia (Italy), bearing "Sporadi" cds and two-line "Franchigia Postale/Truppe occupazione Cicladi" in violet (the "Sporadi" type was struck in this colour on few items known in the early period); an Italian postage due was applied on arrival, despite the free postage, and it was removed as usual when half of the stamp was stuck on a piece of paper covering the left side of the card to protect the missive. A rarity, not only for the violet "Sporadi" usage, but also for the exceptional usage in conjunction of "Sporadi" and "Cicladi" handstamps.(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. € 500

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20313   image1941 (July 9) Postcard from Samos to Milan, franked by Aegean 20c tied by "Sporadi" cds (Astolfi p. R), Rhodes P.M. 550 cds and "Verificato per Censura" censor's mark. A very rare usage of this elusive cancellation on Aegean franking.(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. € 300

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20314   image1941 (Aug 3) Commercial envelope from Samos to Rhodes, forwarded through military mail with P.M. n° 62 cds located in Vathy (Samos), unfranked on dispatch and taxed on arrival with Aegean postage due 1L for double the deficient franking, P.M. n° 550 cds in Rhodes. It is scarce the usage of the P.M. 62 for civilian correspondence, which was occasionally accepted for Italian con-nationals; in this case, the French heading and the manuscript mention "Francese" denoting French to be the language of the missive for the censor, demonstrates to be this mail, as non Italian, a great exception. Signed Sorani and Chiavarello.(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. € 300

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20315   image1941 (Aug 7) Airmail cover from military personnel (27th Art. Reg. "Cuneo") to Milan, redirected inland, correctly franked with Italy "Imperiale" 50c (2) (additional Greek 50L applied as "souvenir"), tied by "Sporadi" cds of Samos (Marchese p. RR), P.M. n° 550 cds of Rhodes in transit and Italian censorship, backstamped on arrival. One of the very few items known carried by airmail with the "Sporadi" cancellation.(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. € 500

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20316   image1941 (Aug 7) Cover to Genoa endorsed "Zona sprovvista di bollo" (zone without stamps available), bearing superb "Sporadi" cds struck in Samos (Marchese p. RR), free postage "P.M.550E/Comando Superiore FF.AA.Egeo/Essente da Tassa Autorizzazione Postgen/N.563613-164634.V.3 del 26.4.4.1XIX" framed marking, P.M. 550 cds in transit and Italian censorship; a very rare usage. Cert. marchese (1994).(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. € 300

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20317   image1941 (Oct 14) Telegram from Rhodes to the Italian Consulate in Samos, bearing very fine "Ufficio Telegrafico Italiano Samo (Egeo)" cds in blue (erroneously classified with p. 13 by Astolfi in his handbook as it is unique). The only example recorded of this telegraphic cancellation; one of the three -if not the most important- items of the Italian occupation of the Sporades.(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. € 1,000

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20318   image1943 (May 6) "Banco di Roma" cover most infrequently not entering the military mail and carried as regular correspondence from Samos to Rhodes, paying the quintuple rate with "Italy "Imperiale" 50c (5), with Samos cds at left, tied by small "T" circled postmark for taxed correspondence, thus demonstrating that the local authorities did not acknowledge as valid the Italian frankings on civilian mail, and nevertheless not charged on arrival as the authorities in Rhodes considered the franking valid, censorship on reverse. The usage of the tax marking to tie a franking is absolutely exceptional. Signed Sorani.(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. € 300

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20319 ,   image1941-43 Balance collection comprising 24 items (and few picture postcards), including the rare "Sporadi" cancellation, civilian mail forwarded through the P.M. 62, military mail with money order and rare telegrams, very rare usage on the first day of occupation in Samos, civil mail from Carlovassi, etc.(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4) (Image 5) (Image 6) (Image 7)

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Estimate. € 800

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20320 ,   imageCrete. 1941 (Aug 3) Stampless cover from Crete, sent from a mother to her son, addressed to the Italian Consulate in Salonica for onward transmission, with full contents which were censored where the dateline with the name of the locality of origin was cancelled, but indicating in line 13 in the text "here in Crete...", with "P.M.550E/Comando Superiore FF.AA.Egeo/Essente da Tassa Autorizzazione Postgen/N.563613-164634.V.3 del 26.4.4.1XIX" free-postage marking, which was mysteriously applied on a mail from a mother (was she a member of a military unit?), two P.M. 550 cds's, one also intriguingly struck one day after (as it was not necessary), but justifying why this letter was never delivered to the addressee, and then, being even more surprising, showing the "Return to Sender/Service Suspended" cachet which may have been applied years later when the British arrived to Greece in 1945 and could not forward this mail as the addressee was no longer available. (Valter Astolfi acquired this envelope deducing that it was never opened, as it was not delivered, and extracted the contents by removing one lap of the censor's label). An extraordinary, mysterious and fascinating postal history usage also illustrating the liberation of Crete.(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. € 250

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20321   image1941 (May 31) Military telegram "Servizio Radiotelegrafico Militare" sent to the Command of the Italian troops in Crete, concerning a report during the third day of Italian operations to occupy Crete, a very rare document of historical interest (from 29.5 to 11.6 the Italian troops had no military P.O. and postmarks available in Crete).(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. € 150

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20322   image1941 (Aug 10) Cover from Vrachasi to Athens, slightly overfranked by 5c or the airmail external rate with Aegean 10c, 20c, 50c pair (one defective), tied in transit at Rhodes, with the dispatch cds, as it was the norm in the early period, struck at left with ""Vrakhasion/Kritis" cds (Astolfi fig. 2, p "="), "Neapolis/Kritis" in transit on back (Astolfi p. 12), censorship label removed at top. A very infrequent mail from this small village with an extremely rare cancellation.(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. € 250

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20323   image1942 (April 29) Telegram from the Italian Navy in Rhodes to Crete, endorsed "Servizio Telegrafonico della R. Marina", showing very fine "Ufficio telegrafico Italiano Creat/Egeo" cds (erroneously catalogued iwth p. 12 as it is unique). The only example recorded of this telegraphic cancellation.(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. € 600

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20324   image1941 (Aug 25) Commercial envelope from Sitia to Athens, franked at single rate by Aegean 20c (2), 25c and 30c (2) tied in transit at Rhodes, with "Siteia" dispatch cds at left (Astolfi fig. 1, p. 11), Agios Nikolaos transit on reverse, exceptionally carried to Vienna to pass the German censorship, arriving to destination on 20.11 (backstamp). A very rare combination of these Italian and German censorships.(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. € 200

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20325   image1941 (Oct 12) Censored cover from Neapolis to Athens, with Aegean airmail 50c on front, completing the single rate on reverse with Aegean 5c, 10c pair and 50c pair, all tied in transit by Rodhodes cds's, showing very fine "Neapolis/Kritis" cds (Astolfi fig. 1, p. 12) aside the franking on front, Agios Nicholas and Athens backstamps; the last known date of usage of the Rhodes cancel on mail from Crete.(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. € 200

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20326   image1941 (Dec 31) Censored cover from Neapolis to P.O.W. camp for Greek prisoners in Italy, carried at single airmail external rate with Itly "Imperiale" 25c (creased) and 50c (2), in combination with Aegean airmail 50c, tied by "Neapolis/Kritis" cds's (Astolfi fig. 1, p. 12), Italian and Agios Nikolaos transits on back, small arrival cds on face. A very scarce mixed franking, and in addition a rare cancellation.(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. € 250

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20327 ,   image1941-43 Civilian Mail: an outstanding collection mainly mounted on exhibition pages, comprising 27 cvoers/cards and three fragments, including numerous rare usages and duplication with Aegean frankings from Chandras, Tzermiadon (Astolfi p. R), Ierapetra (p. 13) also applied in red and blue, Sitia, Agios Nikolaos, a very rare usage of Italy "P.M." stamps tied by Ierapetra cds, mail from Neapolis to a Greek P.O.W., rare mail from crete to Athens via Brindisi, etc. Viewing recommended.(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4) (Image 5)

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Estimate. € 1,500

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM

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