Lot 633Ethiopia, Field Force Post Office, Abyssina, 2 Ju, 68, bold origin cds on reverse of mourning bordered cover to addressed to Col. Macuitire, Commanding Royal Artillery in Bangalore, India, franked with India 1866, 4a green (Scott 26B) tied by "F.F." field force diamond grid handstamp, with Capt Elliot endorsement at lower left and via Bombay routing endorsement at top, reverse with Bombay (6.17) transit and red Bangalore (6.21) receiving postmarks, Very Fine.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
A RARE USAGE FROM CAMP MUKKUM IN ETHIOPIA TO THE BANGALORE, INDIA.
Lot 634 EEthiopia, 1895 Menelik II Portrait, the "Leontieff " Vignette Essay, in black on thin card (96x64mm), showing negative circular die sink area around design, with Arabic inscription describing Menelik as "Sultan of the Nile", some minor wrinkling in card, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
A RARE EARLY ESSAY OF THE "LEONTIEFF " MENELIK II PORTRAIT VIGNETTE DESIGN.
Lot 635Ethiopia, 1895, ¼g-16g Menelik II & Lion of Judah Issue Complete, affixed to special presentation card inscribed "Par orde de S.M. Menilek II, Roi des Rois d'Ethiopie" at top and "Adia Abeba 1897 - Alfred Jlg, Conseiller D'Etat" below, Very Fine.
Scott No. 1-7 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
ONE OF THREE KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE ALFRED ILG FIRST ISSUE PRESENTATION CARD.
This card was given to high governmental officials by Alfred Ilg, one of Emperor Menelik's European advisors, operating a postal system as a private concession.
Lot 636Ethiopia, 1895, 2g Dark Brown, tied by "Harar" Ahmeric cds on preprinted address cover to Cairo, Egypt, in combination with Djibouti 1894, 25c rose & blue (Scott 13) tied by blue "Djibouti, Postes, 5 Avril, 96" date stamp, reverse with French packet cds (4.5), Suez (4.10) transit and Caire (4.10) receiving backstamps; cover opening nicks and tears at top, F.-V.F. appearance, only a few covers from Harar with the Amharic canceller are known; with 1999 Holcombe certificate. SG No. 4.
Scott No. 4 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 637Ethiopia, 1902, 1g Blue, Bosta Overprint in Violet, tied by blue "Harar, 6-4-2" cds's on registered cover to Kollmar, Germany, in combination with Obock 1894, 15c blue & rose, two singles + 20c brown orange & maroon on reverse canceled by blue "Djibouti, 11 Avril, 02" cds's, front with French Harar cds with matching "R" boxed handstamp and "La Reunion A Marseille" octagon date stamp, forwarded to Prag with Kollmar and Prag backstamps; cover with edge nicks and seal sealed tears, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 17 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
THE EARLIEST RECORDED USAGE OF THE 1902 1G BOSTA OVERPRINT ISSUE ON COVER.
Lot 638 PEthiopia, 1928, 1m Empress Zauditu & 2m Ras Tafari, Trial Color Die Proofs, 27 proofs on wove (114x121mm), with vignettes mostly in black and frames in different colors; includes 1m Empress Zauditu issue in 12 different colors with two with vignette in green (one in similar colors to issued), and 2m Ras Tafari in 15 different colors including two with vignettes in brown (one in similar colors to issued); few with minor corner creases well away from designs, Very Fine, ex-Boksenbom.
Scott No. 158TC-159TC Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Lot 639Ethiopia, 1943, 5c on 4c-30c on 20c Obelisk Handstamp Surcharge Set Complete, o.g., never hinged, rich colors, all bright and fresh, a Very Fine set, ex-Clinton Geiser.
Scott No. 258-262 vars. Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
A VERY RARE NEVER HINGED SET OF THE 1943 OBELISK ISSUE WITH HANDSTAMPED SURCHARGES.
These sets where intended for distribution to V.I.P. guests by Emperor Selassie during the inauguration ceremony of a new monument honoring the fallen during the Italian Occupation. Of these 40 sets, ten were set aside for inclusion in souvenir folders, favor cancels, etc., leaving only 30 mint sets available.
Lot 640 /Ethiopia, 1943, 5c on 4c-30c on 20c Obelisk Surcharge Set Complete, "K" in "Obelisk" Varieties, 4 complete sets showing the four different type of "Obelisk" overprints, o.g., two sets hinged, two never hinged, all with strong colors, Very Fine.
Scott No. 258-262; $2,125 for n.h. Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 641France, 1853, Napoleon III Imperforate, 1fr Lake on Yellowish, four large even margins, tied by two strikes of "D" lozenge with Paris double circle postmark on preprinted 1854 folded cover to Lyon, Extremely Fine and choice. Maury No. 18.
Scott No. 21 Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
A VERY RARE SINGLE FRANKING IN THIS GEM CONDITION.
Lot 642Guadeloupe, 1863 (Sep. 10) Folded Cover to New York N.Y., bearing with General Issue Eagle 5c green and 40c orange strip of three, mostly large margins, lozenge cancels, endorsed "per Steamer via Havana", "Pointe a Pitre, 10 Sep 1863" rimless departure cds, British "Paid at Guadeloupe" crowned circle (SG CC1, £2,000) below struck in black and red crayon "1/-" prepaid rating, New York "Steamship 10" applied at top, St. Thomas transit backstamp, Very Fine.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
A RARE GUADELOUPE USE PREPAID THROUGH THE BRITISH AGENCY TO NEW YORK.
The black "Paid at Guadeloupe" crowned circle handstamp is far scarcer than examples struck in red.
Current Opening Bid: $1,450