Lot 1606Italian Offices in Peking, 1920 Victor Emmanuel III $2 on 5L blue & rose, type II, o.g., never hinged, beautifully centered amid wide margins, bright vibrant colors and particularly fresh, Very Fine and choice, quite possibly only mint example in never hinged condition; signed E. Diena, with 1963 Bolaffi certificate. Scott No. 30a $185,000 for n.h.
Sassone No. 30 €180,000 for hinged ($221,400).
A TRULY REMARKABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 1920 $2 ON 5L VICTOR EMMANUEL III ISSUE WITH TYPE II SURCHARGE - CERTAINLY ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE 15 ISSUED AND EVEN MORE SO IN NEVER HINGED CONDITION.
Lot 1229Nova Scotia, 1854 (Jun. 9) Halifax, N.S. to Baltinglass, Ireland, cover bearing Nova Scotia 1851, 3d dark blue (3) and 1s dull violet (7), both with four mostly large margins, reverse with "Halifax-Nova-Scotia, JU 9, 1854" origin cds and red manuscript "10" credit rating, carried by Cunard Line America to Liverpool, red "Pkt. Letter, Paid, Liverpool, JU 19, 1854" tombstone cancels stamps, reverse with red London (6.20) and blue Newbridge transit cds; light central fold, Very Fine, ex-Lichtenstein, Halifax, Mayer, Wilkinson; with 1970 R.P.S.L. certificate.
Estimate $40,000 - 60,000.
A WONDERFUL NOVA SCOTIA 1S DULL VIOLET USE TO IRELAND.
Lot 2393Uruguay, 1859, 240c vermilion, thin numerals, large to huge margins, in combination with 1860, 180c yellow green, thick numerals, two singles (types 3 & 7), full margins, on folded letter to Buenos Aires paying the nine times external rate, all tied by "Montevideo, Dicbre, 9, 1862" oval date stamps, manuscript "pr Menai" ship endorsement at lower left, Very Fine, An extraordinarily high combination franking with no other examples recorded, regarded as one of the most important covers bearing the highest denominations of both the Thin & Thick Figures issues, ex-Caspary, Hoffman and Bustamante; with 1981 F. Paulos and 2009 C. Rocha certificates.
Scott No. 12+17 Estimate $20,000 - 30,000.
A UNIQUE SUN 240C THIN AND 180C THICK NUMERAL ISSUE COMBINATION USAGE.
Lot 1602 oItalian Offices in Peking, 1917 Victor Emmanuel III 20¢ on 50c violet, inverted surcharge, light "R.R. Poste Italiane, Pechino-Cina" datestamp, strong bright color, Fine; with 1959 A. Diena and 2016 Bottacchi certificates. Scott No. 9a.
Sassone No. 6b €50,000 ($61,500).
AN EXTRAORDINARY USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 20¢ ON 50C VICTOR EMMANUEL III ISSUE WITH SURCHARGE INVERTED.
Lot 1227Nova Scotia, 1853 (c., Feb.) St. John N.B. to London, England, gray folded cover bearing New Brunswick 1851, 6d olive yellow (2), five singles, one with large margins, rest with mostly large margins to slightly in or touched, each tied by St. John "1" oval grid cancel, carried by Cunard Line Canada to Liverpool arriving Feb. 28th, red London "Paid, 1853, 2 MR" cds ties bottom 6d, Very Fine, ex-Burrus, Foxbridge, Koh, Wilkinson; with 1999 B.P.A. certificate.
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000.
A REMARKABLE FRANKING PREPAYING TWO-TIMES THE 1S 3D PACKET RATE TO LONDON.
Although the London cds year is indistinct, it is probably 1853 and corresponds to a proper Cunard sailing and double rating. It also could be 1858 with the franking prepaying the quadruple rate to the United Kingdom, since the single rate was halved after August 1, 1854.
Lot 1069 oNova Scotia, 1851, 1s Cold Violet, vertical pair, extra large margins except close at top, deep color, cancelled by two light strikes of oval grid cancel, Very Fine, ex-Lichtenstein, Halifax, Mayer and Wilkinson; with 1972 R.P.S. certificate. SG No. 7.
Scott No. 7 Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
THE FINER OF TWO OFF-COVER 1851 1S COLD VIOLET PAIRS KNOWN.
Lot 2394Uruguay, 1859, 240c vermilion, thin numerals, large margins, in combination with 1860, 120c blue, thick numerals, right margins single, ample to huge margins and being a subtype 12 showing uneven outer frame line at bottom of left margin, tied by neat "Montevideo, Octbre, 14, 1862" oval date stamp on folded letter sheet to Buenos Aires at five times rate not exceeding 1¼oz, manuscript "pr Menai" ship endorsement at lower left, Extremely Fine, a rarity of great freshness in superb quality; signed Bloch, with 2008 P. Scheller and 2009 C. Rocha certificates.
Scott No. 12+16 Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
AN EXTREMELY RARE SUN THIN AND THICK NUMERAL ISSUE COMBINATION USAGE - WITH ONLY THREE ON COVER USAGES RECORDED.
Lot 1245Nova Scotia, 1865 (Sep. 6) St. John, N.B. to Dunkerque, France, yellow "Craig & Melvin, Stamp and Coin Dealers" ornate corner card cover bearing New Brunswick 1860, 17¢ black (11) tied by mute cancels, N.B. to Dunkerque, France, reverse with Saint John (9.6) origin cds., endorsed "Via Halifax", carried by Cunard Line Africa from Halifax to Queenstown, red London (9.25) transit with matching circled "PD" handstamp, red crayon "7" G.B. credit rating, Calais (9.25) entry cds, Dunkerque (9.25) arrival backstamp, reverse bearing Hussey time post label (type I) as flap seal, Very Fine, ex-Wilkinson; with 1974 R.P.S.L. certificate.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
A SPECTACULAR AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 17¢ USAGE TO FRANCE.
Lot 2010Mexico, 1864, Eagle (1st Period), 4r green, Zacatecas, horizontal strip of four, in combination with large margin 1864, Eagle (1st Period), 2r orange, Zacatecas on 1864 folded letter sheet to Guanajuato, tied by two-line Zacatecas postmarks (Schatzkes 1851A), strip additionally tied by light manuscript at top, Very Fine and choice, a wonderful 18 reales rate cover, illustrated in Pietsch (page 415); with 2001 M.E.P.S.I. certificate.
Scott No. 24a+23b Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
THE LARGEST KNOWN MULTIPLE OF THE 1864 4R EAGLE ISSUE ON COVER.
Lot 1649France, 1853, Napoleon III imperforate, 1fr lake on yellowish, large to huge margins, tied by segmented grid handstamp on cover to Turin, Italy, light "Paris, 14 Mai, 54" origin cds and receiving backstamp, Very Fine; signed Calves and A. Diena, with 2016 Roumet certificate. Yvert No. 18. Maury No. 18 €12,000 ($14,760).
Scott No. 21 Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
A GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 1853 1FR NAPOLEON III ISSUE ON COVER TO ITALY.