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Italy continued...

Missions, Post Offices and Postal History Abroad
Lot Symbol Catalog No. Descrip Opening
20448   imageThe "Grande Armée" in Russia. 1812 (Jan 13) Entire letter from Orsoy (Rhine Confederation) to Fossano /Italy) via Bene, endorsed "27 division Militaire", with "103/WEZEL" two-line hs charged with "12" decimi on arrival for a mail up to 1,400 km. not exceeding 6 grams, with interesting contents "it is said that we will depart to fight the Prussi and and Russians". A rare mail form an Italian soldier.(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. € 150

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20449   image1812 (May 30) Entire letter from an Italian in Marienau (Brandenburg) to Poggibonsi (Tuscany), with "N° 7/GRANDE ARMÉE" postmark in red, paying "12" decimi on arrival for the 6 grams weight carried up to 1,400 km. On this date the "Grande Armée" was deployed on a 400 km. front ready to cross the Russian border. Rare.(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. € 150

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20450   image1812 (Aug 14) Entire letter from Glogau (Silesia, in modern day Glogow in Poland) to Siena (Tuscany), bearing fine "N° 16/GRANDE ARMÉE" postmark in red, charged at single rate on arrival with "12" decimi. A very scarce mail from an Italian in Poland.(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. € 250

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20451   image1812 (Sept 23) Letter (without the cover) headed "Trasporti Militari/2° Battaglione - Regno d'Italia/Il Commandante", datelined in Minsk, sending a report about supplies (the logistics were a fundamental point during the invasion of Russia) and the planned itinerary to follow to get to Smolensk and Moscow.(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. € 200

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20452   image1812 (Oct 4) Entire letter from Moscow to Barlassina (Italy), showing "N° 18/GRAND ARMÉE" two-line postmark, with "10" decimi charge amended to "9", with contents written by an officer to the parents of one of his soldiers declaring how much this war was training their son "the long marches, the discomforts, the sufferings and the horror of a terrible war". One of only two letters known from an Italian with the "Grande Armée" of Napoleon in Moscow. Note: After the Battle of Borodino, the "Grande Armée" entered Moscow on 14 September, this being the summit of the Napoleonic invasion of Russia. Consequently most of the population left Moscow and the Russians provoked a devastating fire which persisted from 14 to 18 September, destroying three quarters of the city, which also compromised supplies; indeed, on 7 October, three days after this letter was dated, the courier from Moscow could not reach Vilnius as a result of the lack of horses. After 36 days, on 19 October the French Army had to leave the city, almost without cavalry, heading for a dramatic withdrawal from Russia and having to also face the harsh winter.(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. € 2,500

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20453   image1812 (Nov 1) Entire letter with sender's endorsement "Le Commandt. le 2e Bat. du Train des Equipe." from Smolensk to Milan, with unit cachet on back, struck on front with fine red "Bau. CENTRAL/GRANDE ARMÉE" two-line handstamp, "L.R. 4" (range 4 for letter coming from Germany), charged on receipt with "30" decimi (including 27 decimi for a distance over 4,000 km. and 3 decimi for the single weight). The text in the letter stating: "The excessive cold, the poor nourishment caused by the total loss of the cattle, together with the service demanded from us (...) The forage totally lacks, and in order to have it in small quantity, it is required to walk for eight or nine leagues to search it with a discrete number of armed men. No money is received, so the accounts continue to look the same", also stating the disconnection with the 4th Corps and the lack of the announced supplies of men and muskets. A very rare mail from the Italian troops. Note: After leaving Moscow on 19 October, the first troops arrived to Smolensk 20 days later. Napoleon was also thinking about the pursuance of the campaign the following year, and one option was to retreat to Smolensk; he will arrive on 9 November and leave on the 14th. As it can be confirmed in this letter, the lack of supplies played a fundamental role in the Campaign of Russia.(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. € 800

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20454   image1812 (Dec 6) Entire letter from Warsaw ("Varsavia") to Siena (Tuscany), with very fine "N°. 4./GRANDE ARMÉE" two-line postmark in red, collecting the single "12" decimi rate on arrival. Interesting contents in Italian stating the "diabolic cold" and: "we have here a French military mail which is very safe, and also economically convenient, as it is not compulsory to frank the letter" (he did not consider that the postage was paid by the recipient!); "we wait for the nice weather to proceed to the H.Q. of the Emperor, who is now in Vilnius. It is said that maybe the Emperor will come to spend some days in Warsaw", giving also details of the defeat of the Russian Army returning from the war in Turkey and the interception of a Russian courier with an order of Alexander I, continuing with "this brave, noble, courageous Polish nation makes miracles, and the fanaticism for the French and the Emperor are the 'non plus ultra' ". A very rare and fascinating mail from an Italian in the "Grande Armée" in Poland.(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. € 600

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20455   image1813 (Jan 12) Entire letter from Warsaw to Siena (Tuscany), with light strike of the "N° 4/GRANDE ARMÉE" postmark in red, charging the single weight on receipt with "12" decimi, with contents stating that "the departure tomorrow for Thorn, where is currently located the h.Q. of the Marshall Davout Prince of Ekmul, the battalions Veliti from Tuscany and Torino and the Guard of Honour...from Thorn we will go to Marienburg". A very rare mail from an Italian in Warsaw.(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. € 150

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Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20456   image1817 (Jan 13) Entire letter from Siena to an official in the "Garde d'Honneur" of Tuscany in operations zone, forwarded through the courier which connected Tuscany to the "Grande Armée", initially charged with "3" decimi (maybe due to the Art. 5 of the postal law which stated the fee to be paid to the first border only), reaching Poland where the "N° 10/GRANDE ARMÉE" postmark in red, and the manuscript endorsement "Lettre venant de Sienne" (letter coming from Siena) and "Au gd. quartier général" (to the Guard of the Headquarters). Probably due to the fact that the addressee was an officer, the charge was amended to 14 decimi for the 1,600 km. distance. Incoming mail to the H.Q. is already very rare by itself, this being the first example we record with a "Grand Armée" postmark applied in transit, and additionally, sent to an Italian officer.(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. € 400

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20457   image1813 (Feb 22) Entire letter from Magdeburg to Monza (Italy), with "N° 12/GRANDE ARMÉE" two-line postmark, paying "9" decimi on arrival for a distance within 800 km. In the text a soldier sends news to his brother in French "after the disastrous campaign that we have just finished", "I lost my three horses due to the extraordinary cold and the long marches" writes to his brother as he has lost all his money and other belongings in the disastrous Campaign of Russia, and he has not received any money in the last eleven months.(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. € 150

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20458   image1813 (March 14) Entire letter travelled within Italy from Crema to Bobbio, sent by a soldier before his departure to the front "tomorrow day 15th I am leaving for the "Grande Armée" in Russia with the whole regiment, so please accept my final greetings ...we go to freeze in the Russian Empire"; Napoleon will face the new Prussian-Russian coalition in Lutzen on 2 May 1813.(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. € 100

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20459   image1813 (July 30) Incoming entire letter from Pistoia to Königsberg (Eastern Prussia), with "P112P/PISTOIE" Department Arno handstamp on dispatch, framed "Ps. Ps." and "Inconnu" in manuscript as the addressee was unknown, therefore struck on reverse with "DEB./SÈDENTAIRE/GRANDE ARMÉE" in three lines. A very rare incoming mail to an Italian with deboursé postmark.(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. € 300

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20460   1811-14 Group of five items including very interesting letter from a P.o.W. in Russia, rare printed "Notizia Telegrafica" announcing a victory of Napoleon in Dresden on 26.8.1813 (the last major viytory of the Napoleonic troops), rare "22mo. Bollettino della Grand'Armata" (27.12.1812) printed in Roma and providing news about Napoleon in the Kremlin in Moscow, an 21.5.1811 edict and extract of newspaper announcing the rates from Italy to the French Empire according to distances and which were valid during the Campaign of Russia.(Image 1)

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Estimate. € 250

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20461 O,,,   imageThe Crimean War. 1855-56 The Sardinian Intervention in Crimea: Collection comprising 28 letters and documents as well as some stamps, nearly all mounted on exhibition pages in a study explaining tariffs, routes and the organization of the military mail service, including two very interesting letters (one with "R. Posta Militare Sarda/(N. 3)" cds) sent to the Italian Plenipotentiary Ambassador in Constantinople Baron R. Cecco, who signed the Convention of alliance between Sardinia and Turkey against Russia, one cover displaying the earliest usage recorded of the Sardinian postmarks in Crimea, incoming mail including a rare redirected mail from a hospital in Jeni-Koi to the front with two different Italian military cancellations in black and red, note from the Director of the Sardinian Military Mail in Constantinople to the Chief of Staff of the Sardinian contingent in Kardi-Koi, in which the sender assures that his office will forward the foreign incoming newspapers as quick as possible through the French and Austrian ("German" in the text) P.O.'s in Constantinople, "La Gazzetta Piemontese" newspaper publishing the tariffs for outgoing and incoming mail of the Sardinian contingent in Crimea, III issue 20c (cert. Sorani) and IV issue 20c (2) single frankings (one with cert. Colla) on three covers with "R.a Posta Mil.e Sarda" cds, two double rate stampless covers, scarce correspondence between military members from Crimea to Constantinople incl. one carried by a mercenary Neapolitan ship with framed "Mer Noire", two III and three IV issue stamps with Sardinian Army cds's, etc. Viewing highly recommended for this comprehensive, most interesting and rare lot.(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4) (Image 5) (Image 6)

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Estimate. € 4,000

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20462 ,   imageTunis P.O.. 1883-90, rarissima cedola di bollettino pacchi con etichetta "Pacchi postali/TUNISI" ed annullo "Tunisi/Poste Italiane", e bollettino pacchi "Umberto" da 60 c. su 75 c. da Milano per Susa, con annullo dell'ufficio italiano in arrivo al verso.(Image 1) (Image 2)

Estimate. € 100

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20463 Sassone Sassone imageCrete. 1896 (Oct 17) Cover to Piacenza bearing "Umberto" 20c, tied by "Ra Nave Sardegna" battleship cds in bluish black, repeated at top right, backstamped on arrival; diagonal crease passing through the stamp, but a very scarce early usage in 1896.(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. € 100

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20464 Sassone Yvert 8 imageTurkish P.O. 1897 (March 28) Registered cover (portion of back flaps lacking) with full contents sent to Rome by the Captain Federico Craveri (decorated with the "Medaglia d'Argento al Valor Militare" in Crete on 2.3.97, for his "spirit of commanding and organization" against a bloody revolt of the Turkish Gendarmerie), franked by 1892-99 1pi (defective), tied by bilingual "Hania" cds, with registration marking at left and indistinct transit on back; a rare registered mail from this office, and sent by a prominent member of the Italian contingent.(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. € 100

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20465 , Sassone Sassone image1897 (July 17) Cover to Naples franked by "Umberto" 10c pair, cleanly tied by "Ra Nave Sicilia" battleship cds in light blue, repeated on reverse, where the arrival cds was also struck; in addition an illustrated postcard depicting the "Sicilia" occupying Crete. The Admiral Canevaro, commanding the Italian Fleet in Crete, was onboard the "Sicilia".(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. € 100

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Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20466 , Sassone Sassone image1897-98 Two covers to Italy with "Umberto" frankings, the earlier bearing 10c tied by the "Ra Nave Sardegna" cds in greenish blue, the other with marginal 20c tied by the "Ra Nave Morosini" cds in the period in which the "Morosini" was the commanding ship of the fleet.(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. € 200

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-13, 11:59 AM
20467 ,   imageEnd of the insurrection and process of independence. 1898-99 Cover headed "L'Aide de Camp/De S.A.R./Monseigneur Le Prince Georges de Grèce/Haut Commissaire en Crète" (the High Commissar appointed to granted the respect of the future process of independence and constitution of La Canea (Chandia), franked by French Levant 1pi on 25c; as well as Italian decree of the Command of the Italian Troops in Crete granting an amnesty to those accused of crime during the insurrection.(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. € 150

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

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