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China - Italian Offices Abroad

Lots 397-405

Lot 397    

Italian Offices in Peking, 1917 Victor Emmanuel III 2¢ on 5c green, inverted surcharge, lower left stamp on block of six, in combination with 1971 6c on 15c slate on censored registered cover to Genoa, Italy, tied by "R.R. Poste Italiane, Pechino-Cina, 4.1.18" cds's, with Bologna entry datestamp on reverse, Very Fine; with 2016 Bottacchi certificate. Sassone No. 1b+1+3.
Scott No. 1a+1+5    Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.

A UNIQUE MULTIPLE USAGE BEARING THE 1917 2¢ ON 5C INVERTED SURCHARGE ON COVER.

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Lot 398    

Italian Offices in Peking, 1917 Victor Emmanuel III 40¢ on 1L brown & green, attractively well centered for this stamp, in combination with 1971, 5c green on registered express cover from the Italian Legation to Rome, tied by "R.R. Poste Italiane, Pechino-Cina, 1-12-17" cds with second strike below, showing framed handstamp stating censorship exemption alongside, backstamped on arrival; with portions of address panel cut out, otherwise Very Fine; signed Giulio Bolaffi, with 1953 Fiecchi and 2016 Bottacchi certificates. Sassone No. 7+10.
Scott No. 11+14    Estimate $100,000 - 150,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE FIRST ISSUE 1917 40¢ ON 1L VICTOR EMMANUEL III ISSUE ON COVER - CONSIDERED TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT RARITY OF THE ITALIAN POST OFFICES ABOARD ISSUES.

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Current Opening Bid: $85,000

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Lot 399    

Italian Offices in Peking, 1919 Victor Emmanuel III $2 on 5L blue & rose, type III, typical centering, fresh with balanced application of both the surcharge and overprint, used on registered cover to Genoa, Italy (part of the addressee's panel cut out), tied by "R.R. Poste Italiane, Pechino-Cina, 10.7.22" cds, with transit and arrival datestamps on reverse; upper back flap missing and cover refolded to improve appearance, F.-V.F.; signed Oliva, with 2016 Bottacchi certificate. Sassone No. 29.
Scott No. 30b    Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.

AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE SOLO USAGE OF THE 1919 $2 ON 5L TYPE III ISSUE - WITH NO MORE THAN THREE ON COVER EXAMPLES RECORDED.

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Current Opening Bid: $8,500

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Lot 400    

Italian Offices in Peking, Postage Due, 1918, 4¢ on 10c buff & magenta, o.g., quite well centered for this value despite the perforations being slightly in at left, strong colors, small corner flaw at top right, otherwise Fine; with 1958 A. Diena and 2016 Bottacchi certificates. Sassone No. 5 €180,000 ($221,400).
Scott No. J5    $125,000.

ONE OF THE GREATEST ITALIAN POST OFFICES RARITIES WITH ONLY SIX EXAMPLES OF THE PEKING 1918 4¢ ON 10C POSTAGE DUE ISSUE KNOWN.

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Current Opening Bid: $52,500

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Lot 401    

Italian Offices in Tientsin, 1917 Victor Emmanuel III 6¢ on 15c slate, in combination with Peking 1917-18 1c brown, block of four and single + 5c green, block of four + 10c claret (Scott 12+14+15) on registered censored cover to Paris, France, tied by "R.R. Poste Italiane/Pechino-Cina, 28.5.18" cds's, backstamped in transit at Bologna; cover top flap missing, Very Fine; with 2016 Bottacchi certificate. Sassone No. 3.
Scott No. 4    Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.

A UNIQUE MIXED FRANKING USAGE BEARING BOTH PEKING AND TIENTSIN ISSUE.

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Current Opening Bid: $7,500

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Lot 402    

Italian Offices in Tientsin, 1918-19 Victor Emmanuel III $2 on 5L blue & rose, type I, in combination with 1918, 40c on 1L brown and green on registered cover (slightly reduced at base) to Genova, Italy, tied by "R.R. Poste Italiane, Tientsin-Cina, 19.8.22" cds with additionally strike alongside, together with registration markings and four-line "RR. PP. Italiane-Tientsin/Non Multabile/Affrancatura Secondo Tariffa/Poste Cinesi" instructional marking to avoid taxation, backstamped at Brindisi and Genoa, Very Fine; with 2016 Bottacchi certificate. Sassone No. 23+22.
Scott No. 23+22    Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.

AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE USAGE OF BOTH 1918 HIGH VALUES ON REGISTERED COVER TO ITALY.

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Current Opening Bid: $6,250

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Lot 403    

Italian Offices in Tientsin, 1918 Victor Emmanuel III $2 on 5L blue & rose, type I, exceptional centering, in combination with 1918 ½c on 1c brown, pair and single on registered cover (slightly reduced at base) to Genova, Italy, tied by "R.R. Poste Italiane, Tientsin-Cina, 24.6.22" cds's, with a third strike alongside, both registration markings and four-line "RR. PP. Italiane-Tientsin/Non Multabile/Affrancatura Secondo Tariffa/Poste Cinesi" instructional marking to avoid taxation, backstamped on receipt, Very Fine; with 2016 Bottacchi certificate. Sassone No. 23+15.
Scott No. 23+15    Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.

A WONDERFULLY CHOICE ON COVER USAGE OF THE 1918-19 $2 ON 5L TYPE I ISSUE.

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Lot 404    

Italian Offices in Tientsin, Postage Due, 1918, 4¢ on 10c buff & magenta, o.g., lightly hinged, choice centering for this notoriously off-centered issues, rich vibrant colors and remarkably fresh, Very Fine and choice, a truly exceptional example of this exceedingly rare postage due issue; with 2016 Bottacchi certificate. Sassone No. 5 €14,000 ($17,220).
Scott No. J5    $9,500.

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Lot 405    

Italian Offices in Tientsin, Postage Due, 1918, 8¢ on 20c buff & magenta, "8 CENTS" double, top left stamp in a block of 4 with normal, o.g., never hinged, fresh with rich colors, Fine, a wonderful example of this very rare double overprint variety, especially so in never hinged condition; signed A. Diena and Fiecchi, with 2016 Bottacchi certificate. Sassone No. 6a, 6.
Scott No. J6a, J6    $5,920.

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