Lot 2694Switzerland, 1862-63, Sitting Helvetia, 5c dark brown, in combination with 1862-63, Sitting Helvetia, 10c blue (44 var.), both white paper variety, on 1864 printed notice to Lenk, tied together by "St. Stephen" straight line handstamp with second strike at upper right, Very Fine; with 2004 P. Guinand certificate. Zumstein No. 30a+31a.
Scott No. 43 var. Estimate $100 - 150.
Lot 2695Switzerland, 1862-63, Sitting Helvetia, 1fr gold, in combination with 1867, Sitting Helvetia, 10c carmine (53) on cover to New York, tied by "Geneva, 7 X, 67" cds's, manuscript "Via Queenstown" routing endorsement, red Swiss transit and "N. York, Am. Pkt., Paid, Oct 21" entry cds's, Very Fine, a scarce franking and a charming little cover; with 1974 B.P.A. certificate. Michel No. 28 c. Zumstein No. 36.
Scott No. 50 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 2696Switzerland, 1862-63, Sitting Helvetia, 1fr gold, vertical strip of three, on printed notice to Ins canceled by "Sugiez, 7 Jan 79" cds's, rated "3.20" with 20c stamp missing at right of strip, otherwise F.-V.F., still a scarce frank; with 1999 H. Renggli certificate. Zumstein No. 36c (photo on web site).
Scott No. 50 Estimate $100 - 150.
Lot 2697Switzerland, 1882, Numeral, 15c yellow, white paper, well centered and bright color, tied by bold "Cernier, 11.VI.84" cds with second strike alongside, on printed notice to Dombresson with receiving backstamp, Very Fine, a scarce on cover usage; with 1977 H. Hunker certificate. Michel No. 49. Zumstein No. 57a.
Scott No. 81; $540 Estimate $100 - 150.
Lot 2698Switzerland, 1945, PAX, 50c-10fr issues, top eight value in set, o.g., never hinged, well centered throughout, Very Fine and choice (photo on web site).
Scott No. 298-305 $525 for full set.
Lot 2699 ()Turkey, "Porto-Piastre" label, ca. 1860 cover from Constantinople to Broussa, label with light pencil "2" rate, boxed P.P. anchor handstamp at left, F.-V.F.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 2700Turkey, 1863, 20pa black on yellow, in combination with 1863, 2pi black on greenish blue, horizontal pair + Postage Due 1863, 5pi brown red (2+J4) with right 2pi with "broken upper frame line" major plate flaw and 5pi due with" broken tughra" plate flaw, all second printing on thin paper colored through, on 1863 cover to Filibe (Plovdiv), Bulgaria, canceled by dotted "Battal" handstamps; some light cover staining, Very Fine, illustrated in M. Basaran Cover Story (page 115); with 2013 G. Todd certificate.
Scott No. 1 Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
AN EXTREMELY RARE THREE-COLOR FIRST ISSUE FRANKING ON MAIL TO BULGARIA.
Lot 2701Turkey, 1863, 1pi black on pale gray blue, "broken tughra" variety, third printing, tied by Battal mute lattice of dots handstamp on registered cover from Constantinople to Sumnu (Shumen) addressed to the 2nd Imperial Army; certificate states the cover has been refolded on reverse and was probably bearing a further adhesive at right of front panel, we find no evidence to this, Very Fine; with 2013 G. Todd certificate.
Scott No. 2 Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
THE ONLY RECORDED ON COVER EXAMPLE OF THE 1863 1PI "BROKEN TUGHRA" VARIETY.
Lot 2702Turkey, 1863, 1pi black on yellowish gray lilac, top margin single, in combination with 1863, 2pi black on greenish blue, left margin single (4) on cover to Filibe (Plovdiv), Bulgaria, canceled by muddily struck dotted handstamps; stamp creases and some slight cover soiling, F.-V.F.; with 2013 G. Todd certificate.
Scott No. 2 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Lot 2703 ()Turkey, 1856, Duloz, 5pi carmine rose, strip of three, six pairs and seventeen singles, on large cover front to the French Ambassador in Constantinople, all tied by Arabic boxed handstamps; front missing at lest six stamps at top right, front soiling, vertical crease affecting a few stamps and one stamp torn, Fine appearance, still a remarkable large franking usage; with 2014 G. Todd certificate. Michel No. 9.
Scott No. 12 Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.