First Flight England to Australia November 10, 1919 - January 26, 1920, Capt. Sir Ross Smith together with his crew Lt. Keith M. Smith (brother) and Sergts. W.H. Shiers and J.M. Bennett flew from London to Port Darwin, thus flying 11,500 miles in 29 days; the Australian Government issued a special stamp which, by order of the Post Office Dept., was affixed to the mail at Melbourne and cancelled "First Aerial Mail, Great Britain to Australia....
Auction #161 Philatelic & Numismatic
By: Auktionshaus Ulrich Felzmann GmbH & Co. KG
Auktionshaus Ulrich Felzmann GmbH & Co. KG Auction #161 Philatelic & Numismatic
161st International Hall Auction at Felzmann – Philately 8-10 March 2018
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The start of this year’s hall auctions is just around the corner. We will be beginning the auction week in style
with around 4,600 top philatelic lots.
It all kicks off with our special airmail auction “Per Ardua Ad Astra” which, in three chapters, gives a detailed
overview of aerophilatelic history, from the beginnings with ballons montés, to the pioneering achievements of
Zeppelin and airmail all the way to the modern cutting-edge technology of rocket mail, including astrophilately.
Another part of the special catalogue is a fine selection of Zeppelin memorabilia, including a thank-you card to
balloonist Eduard Spelterini written and signed by Count Zeppelin himself (Lot 3169).
There are also many highlights to be found in the field of terrestrial communication. The high-quality material
on offer includes surprising European rarities such as the Red Mercury in Type Ib in excellent quality (Lot 4460)
or Lombardy-Venetia’s unique four-colour franking (Lot 4505).
Philatelic gems from the Old German States include Lübeck’s exceptional specimen of a misprint (“ZWEI EIN
HALB S”) with perfectly positioned town cancel (“LUEBECK BAHNHOF 20/1”). The German Empire section
begins with a 3-kreutzer breast shield in carmine in MNH condition (Lot 4885) and a 9-kreutzer issue in lilac
brown in extremely fine MNH condition (Lot 4901). The Chicago Flight from the Third Reich with a photo
certificate (Schlegel) unsigned and in “… perfect condition” (Lot 5086) – incidentally, all top material auctioned
by Felzmann is certified by experts. World War II field post enthusiasts can look forward to a Kuban admission
stamp for field post parcels in Type III (Lot 5804).
Finally, the German Post-War Philately section includes the title item – and undisputed highlight of the 161st
Felzmann auction – the legendary Gscheidle postcard, the first known complete article of mail, franked with a
60-pfennig stamp commemorating the 1980 Olympic Games, the entire printed issue of which was destroyed
following the Western boycott of the Games. A small number of specimens that survived were used unwittingly
by the wife of Minister of Post Kurt Gscheidle two years later – this is known in philatelic circles as the
“Gscheidle error”. Having already generated extensive media coverage on two occasions before, we are proud
to offer a third opportunity to acquire the “crown jewels of German philately” (Lot 6095). With a “Transport
Exhibition souvenir sheet” on ungummed handmade paper to commemorate the 1953 Transport Exhibition, a
further gem is going under the hammer in a complete presentation booklet (Lot 6090).
Click now to see the online catalogue and bid for those of interest to you online directly.
Lot #3002 - flugpost Flugpost International - Canada
NEWFOUNDLAND, 1919, First Transatlantic Air Mail Attempt, 3 Ct "Caribou" overprinted "FIRST TRANS ATLANTIC AIR POST April, 1919", backside manuscript initials "J.A.R." of postmaster J. A. Robinson, mint n.h. in perfect condition, Bolaffi certificate (SG 142)
Lot #3003 - flugpost Flugpost International - Canada
NEWFOUNDLAND, First Transatlantic Air Mail Attempt, Flight effected on May 18, 1919 by Harry Hawker and Maj. MacKenzie Grieve in a Sopwith plane from St. John's to Ireland. After flying about 1100 miles they were forced down in the sea near a Danish tramp steamer "Mary" whose crew rescued them. Cover with 3 Ct. "Caribou" stamp overprinted "FIRST TRANS ATLANTIC AIR POST April, 1919" cancelled St. John's April 12, backstamped London May 30,...
Lot #3004 - flugpost Flugpost International - Canada
NEWFOUNDLAND, second Transatlantic Air Mail Attempt, Flight effected by Capts. Raynham and Morgan in a Martinsyde plane crashed on May 18 at take off; cover (one of 25) with handwritten "Aerial Atlantic Mail J.A.R." on a 3 Ct. "Caribou" stamp cancelled St. John's 04-19, while the first three lines were written by W. C. Campbell, secretary at the Post Office, the initials "J.A.R." were written by Dr. J.A. Robinson, Postmaster General in order...
Lot #3005 - flugpost Flugpost International - Canada
NEWFOUNDLAND, Transatlantic Flight from Trepassey / Newfoundland to Rome / Italy by Commander Francesco de Pinedo in Seaplane Santa Maria II, Minister's Office Cover with 60c "Cabot" overprinted in red "AIR MAIL DE PINEDO 1927" cancelled "St. John's May 20, 1927 adressed to Milano, Italy, usual faint strike of "Trepassy Newfld MY 21, 1927" datestamp (2), Rome arrival cancellation 06-22 on the backside, great rarity (only 225 items known) in...
Lot #3006 - flugpost Flugpost International - Canada
NEWFOUNDLAND, Second "Columbia" Transatlantic Flight from Harbour Grace / Newfoundland by Capt. Errol Byrd and Lt. Harry Connor, who were forced down on the beach at Tresco Island, 25 miles from Lands End / England; the following day they completed the flight to Croydon Airport; one of 65 covers with 36 Cts "Caribou" overprinted "Trans-Atlantic/Air Mail/By B.M./ 'Columbia'/September/1930 /Fifty Cents" from St. Johns September 25, 1930 via...
Lot #3007 - flugpost Flugpost International - Canada
Balbo Squadron Flight "Crociera Aerea del Decenniale Italia - Nord America", beautifully franked (CA$ 1,45) special cover from Shediac 1933-07-4 flown by Italian Air Cruise to Chicago 07-15, 289 covers were flown on this stage, Sorani certificate (Longhi 33SHa)
Lot #3008 - flugpost Flugpost International - Griechenland
Aeroespresso del Levante set of 2, 3, 5 and 10 Drachmas and additional franking on registered airmail cover from Athens 11-22-1926 flown to Brindisi 11-24 and then by train via Lecce-Foggia 11-24 and Bologna 11-26 to Nürnberg 11-26, very fine cover, Sorani certificate
Lot #3009 - flugpost Flugpost International - Griechenland
Zeppelin Trip to Italy, registered cover from Athens/Greece franked with the set of special Zeppelin and 2 further stamps, postmarked on May 27,1933 flown to Rome and from there with the airship LZ 127 to Brasil; the cover bears the special red cachet from Athens, the special blue cachet from Rome, the machine postmark Roma "Crociera Zeppelin" from May 29 and the arrival postmark Rio June 7, vertical crease not affecting the stamps; Sorani...
Lot #3010 - flugpost Flugpost International - Griechenland
Aeroespresso airmail set cpl. mint n.h., v.f.
Lot #3011 - flugpost Flugpost International - Großbritannien
August 17, 1910 First Air Mail ever to be carried by heavier-than-air-craft in Great Britain, Flight Blackpool - Southport had to be abandoned after 7 miles due to bad weather, the flown cards were overprinted in red on the backside and posted in London 08-26, lovely sample of this rare flight franked with ½ Penny stamp, certified Bolaffi
Lot #3012 - flugpost Flugpost International - Großbritannien
Coronation Flight 1911, First UK Aerial Post by sanction of H.M. Postmaster General, First Flight London - Windsor - London, printed card (green-olive) franked with 2 x ½ Penny green and cancelled with special aerial postmark London 09-14 flown to Windsor and addressed to Sialkot/India, arrival cachet 10-08, some imperfections but very unusual destination, certified Bolaffi
Lot #3013 - flugpost Flugpost International - Großbritannien
Coronation Flight 1911, First UK Aerial Post by sanction of H.M. Postmaster General, First Flight Windsor - London effected on 09-17, printed cover (green-olive) franked with 1 Penny red and cancelled with special aerial postmark Windsor 09-16 addressed to West Ham, arrival cachet 09-18, certified Bolaffi
Lot #3014 - flugpost Flugpost International - Haiti
Charles A. Lindbergh Latin American Goodwill Tour February 6 - 8, 1928, Special cover flown from Port au Prince 02-07 to Havanna 02-09 by Lindbergh with his "Spirit of St. Louis"; the Santo Domingo - Port au Prince - Havana mails are the only official mails ever carried in the "Spirit of St. Louis", the largest holding of mails posted from Haiti to Cuba was destroyed by a 1931 hurricane
Lot #3015 - flugpost Flugpost International - Indien
First official Aerial Post Flight worldwide, India, Allahabad 02-18-1911, cover flown by Henri Pequet from Allahabad Exhibition Grounds to Naini Junctions with special margenta cancellation on 2 Annas stamp adressed to Calcutta, on the backside Allahabad 02-18 and Calcutta 02-20, beautiful item, certified Bolaffi
Lot #3016 - flugpost Flugpost International - Island
Balbo Squadron Flight Rome - Chicago, registered card from Iceland franked with set "Hópflug Italia 1933" from Reykjavik 1933-07-07 to NewYork with arrival cachet 07-22 on the backside, splendid item, certified Bolaffi (Longhi 33SFe)
Lot #3017 - flugpost Flugpost International - Italien
First Italian Airmail Datestamp "Stazione Aerea / Esp. Torino 31..98" on the occasion of the General Italian Exhibition, postcard showing the Godard Balloon over the exhibition ground, handwritten note "31 luglio 1898 Domenica 19 ore", very rare item in outstanding quality, certified Bolaffi (Longhi 98AAa)
Lot #3018 - flugpost Flugpost International - Italien
Polar Flight of the dirigible "Norge", flown on the entire trip to Teller, Alaska, flight vignette tied to flown cover by the oval flight cachet, this has two Italian adhesives tied by the "Teller/Alaska/May 13, 1926" four-bar c.d.s. that was applied on the front of all covers that made the entire trip, this also has a scarce boxed cachet for the flight and is signed by Ettore Arduino, very fine and rare cover (only 35 known), certified...
Lot #3019 - flugpost Flugpost International - Italien
7,70 L Balbo Squadron Flight mint n.h., perfect condition, signed and certified Bolaffi (Sass. PA 25)
Lot #3020 - flugpost Flugpost International - Italien
Balbo Squadron Flight Italy - Brasil, "PRIMO VOLO TRANSATLANTICO IN FORMAZIONE DI STORMO", cover from Rome 1930-12-15 addressed to Rio de Janeiro 1931-01-22 and signed by 19 pilots (without Gen. Balbo) franked with airmail stamp 7,70 blue, certified Bolaffi (Longhi 30VAb, Sass. GP25a)
Lot #3021 - flugpost Flugpost International - Italien
Zeppelin airmail set cpl. mint n.h., v.f. (Sass. PA 45-50)
Lot #3022 - flugpost Flugpost International - Italien
Balbo Triptych, complete sheets of 20 containing each of the pilot's names, incl. the rare variety "ciuffo" (5,25 + 19,75 I-BORG), mint n.h. in perfect condition, certified Bolaffi (Sassone A51-52)
Lot #3023 - flugpost Flugpost International - Italien
Balbo Squadron Flight "Crociera Aerea del Decenniale Italia - Nord America", registered cover from Firenze 1933-06-08 via Reykjavik 07-05 and New York 07-20 to Springfield 07-21, franked with Triptych "I-IGIOR", on the backside special cachet from Rome 06-09, certified Bolaffi and signed by various experts (Sass. PA 51G)
Lot #3024 - flugpost Flugpost International - Italien
Balbo Squadron Flight "Crociera Aerea del Decenniale Italia - Nord America", registered cover from Firenze 1933-06-08 via Reykjavik 07-05 and New York 07-20 to Springfield 07-21, franked with Triptych "I-GIOR", on the backside special cachet from Rome 06-09, certified Bolaffi and signed by various experts (Sass. PA 52G)