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United States Postal History including The Angel Collection continued...

Italy continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
1327 c Image2c Brown (113). Two, used with 15c Black, F Grill (98), tied by red Four Diamonds foreign mail cancels and matching "Baltimore Md. Sep. 10" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to Rome, Italy, red "4" credit handstamp, faint strike of red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Sep. 11" and receiving backstamps, red "Verviers/Coeln/Franco" four-line transit datestamp, purple boxed "P.D." handstamp applied by Italian railway post office, red crayon rate, black manuscript stroke ties left 2c, part of flap replaced and small edge mends, 15c stamp tiny tears at top and bottom

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE MIXED-ISSUE COVER TO ROME WITH RED BALTIMORE FOREIGN MAIL MARKINGS, SENT FULLY PAID TO ITS DESTINATION BY NORTH GERMAN UNION CLOSED MAIL.

Rome at this point was still part of the Papal States, defended in part by French troops and not yet incorporated into the Kingdom of Italy. The most common route for mail from the U.S. to Rome was via French Mail. The mate to the cover offered here (ex Vogel, Siegel Sale 995, lot 2203, realized $8,500 hammer) was the subject of an article by George Hargest in Chronicle No. 45. At the time of mailing, Baltimore was an exchange office for some foreign mails. This letter was routed through New York where it went by Closed Mail via England to Ostend, then by the travelling post office from Verviers to Cologne, where the bag was opened and an accounting was made. It was then likely exchanged with the Italian railway post office that carried the letter to Rome.

With 2008 P.F. certificate (Image)

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[Get Market Data for Italy 113]

E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
1328 c Image15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Rich colors, used with two 2c Brown (113), tied by bright red Four Diamonds foreign mail cancels and matching "Baltimore Md. Jan. 18" (1870) circular datestamp on black-bordered mourning cover to American College in Rome, Italy, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Jan. 22" backstamp, red "4" credit handstamp, red "Verviers/Coeln/Franco" four-line transit datestamp and "PD" handstamps, blue crayon "f 1-1/2" rate, receiving backstamp (Feb. 7)

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND RARE MOURNING COVER WITH 1869 PICTORIAL STAMPS PAYING THE 19-CENT RATE TO ITALY VIA NORTH GERMAN UNION CLOSED MAIL. VERY FEW HIGH-DENOMINATION 1869 PICTORIAL COVERS EXIST WITH STAMPS CANCELLED IN RED.

This was carried on the Inman Line's Siberia from New York on January 22, 1870, arriving Liverpool February 2. It is the latest recorded use of the red Baltimore "Four Diamonds" foreign mail cancel. A nearly identical cover (ex Dr. LeBow and Walske), mailed from Baltimore one day earlier, realized $8,000 hammer in our 2005 Rarities sale (Image)

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[Get Market Data for Italy 119]

E. $ 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $5,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1329 c Image15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Rich colors, tied by red circle of wedges foreign mail cancel, matching "Baltimore Md. Jan. 28" (1870) circular datestamp on blue tissue-paper cover to Rome, Italy, red "New York Paid All Direct Jan. 29" circular datestamp on back, red "4" credit handstamp, red boxed "Bremen Franco" transit datestamp, "Weiterfr. 1-1/2 Sgr." handstamp for credit beyond North German Union to Papal States, large purple "P.D." handstamp and receiving backstamps, some mended cover flaws, Very Fine appearance, 1c overpayment of the 14c rate by NGU Direct Mail to Rome, carried on the NGL Wesser II from New York on January 29, arriving Bremen February 10, ex Dr. Heimburger (Image)

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[Get Market Data for Germany (Bremen) 119]

E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $275.00
Will close during Public Auction
1330 c Image15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Deep rich colors, perfs in, used with two 3c Ultramarine (114), tied by red target foreign mail cancels, matching "Baltimore Md. May 6" (1870) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Palermo, Sicily, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit May 7" circular datestamp, sender's blue circular datestamp, receiving backstamps, minor sealed tear at bottom, slight edgewear barely affecting top perfs of 15c stamp, still Fine and colorful, this is the only red Baltimore foreign mail cancel that was not hand-carved, the 21c prepayment may have been the sender's error in using the old French Mail rate or a 1c overpayment of the double 10c rate (effective Mar. 1870) -- the blue "2" at upper left indicates that the exchange office treated the letter as a double rate in any case, ex Kuphal (Image)

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[Get Market Data for Italy (Two Sicilies) 119]

E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1331 c Image15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Bright colors, centered to bottom right, tied by red segmented cork foreign mail cancel with matching "Baltimore Md. Feb. 3" (1870) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Palermo, Sicily, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Feb. 5" circular datestamp, 1870 company handstamp, transit and receiving backstamps, splitting along folds, some slight perf toning, otherwise Fine (Image)

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[Get Market Data for Italy (Two Sicilies) 119]

E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
1332 c Image12c Green (117). Rich color, used with 5c Brown (76) and 2c Brown (113), cancelled by cork, "New Orleans La. Oct. 21" (1869) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Milan, Italy, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Oct. 26" circular datestamp, transit and receiving backstamps, top flap slightly reduced, 5c flaws at left, 2c s.e. at left, otherwise Fine, prepaid for 19c NGU rate but sent at 15c Italian Closed Mail rate, carried on the HAPAG Holsatia, ex Dr. Heimburger (Image)

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[Get Market Data for Italy 117]

E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $300.00
Will close during Public Auction
1333 c Image12c Dull Violet (151). Used with 2c Red Brown (146), tied by grid cancels, red "New York 4 Jan. 5" (1871) credit datestamp on cover to Rome, Italy, red "Wfr 1-1/2" German credit handstamp (re-stated credit in silbergroschen) and "P.D." handstamp, 1871 backstamps, 12c light corner crease, Very Fine use to Italy via North German Union Closed Mail, which was effective starting July 1870 (Image)

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[Get Market Data for Italy 151]

E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $180.00
Will close during Public Auction
1334 c Image6c Carmine (148). Faults, tied by bold negative "5" handstamp, "New York Feb. 12 2P.M." (1875) circular datestamp on cover originating in Italy to New York and forwarded to Columbia S.C., origination postage consists of Italy 10c Buff (27), 40c Carmine (31) and 60c Lilac (32) tied by "26" in square lozenge, "Pisa 19 Gen 75"circular datestamp, red New York backstamp, expertly restored, Very Fine appearance (Image)

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[Get Market Data for Italy 148]

E. $ 200-300

SOLD for $140.00
Will close during Public Auction
1335 c Image3c Red, F. Grill (94). Used with 5c Blue (179) and 12c Blackish Violet (162), tied by New York registry oval handstamps on G. B. Calman stamp dealer registered corner card cover to Modena Italy, blue boxed Branch G handstamp dated Sep. 11, 1882, some faint cover toning, Very Fine appearing and unusual combination of issues (Image)

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[Get Market Data for Italy 94]

E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $275.00
Will close during Public Auction

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