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Lot 6654 - europa russland post in levante -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 4

Lot 6654 - europa russland post in levante - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 4

Imperial Post 1880 (Aug 25): Envelope from Constantinople to Odessa, bearing 1879 thin type II '7' in black on 10 kop. carmine & green perf. 14½, tied by "KONSTANTINOPOL 25 AUG. 1880" cds in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 15). Reverse with arrival cds (Aug 27). A fine cover with this elusive overprinted stamp. Cert. RPS (1963).rnProvenance: Collection Kohane; DF, April 2007, lot 41145.

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Lot 6653 - europa russland post in levante -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 4

Lot 6653 - europa russland post in levante - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 4

Inscribed P.O.Π.и.T (ROPiT), 1868 (March 3): Incoming envelope from Odessa to Constantinople, bearing 1866 10 pa. rose & blue in a right marginal horizontal strip of four and a base marginal horizontal pair, two fresh and fine multiples with vibrant colour and good to huge margins, tied by three perfect strikes of "ODESSA 4 MAR. 1868" cds in black. Reverse with crisp arrival "KONST-POLSK. AGENSTVO 5 MAR 1868" cds in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 13). Horizontal and vertical filing folds between the multiples, cover roughly opened, nevertheless an attractive cover, the only usage of this issue in Russia known to the describer. Signed Sorani.rnrnProvenance: Collection 'Maritime Mail of the Levant', DF, May 2005, lot 20265.

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Lot 6652 - europa russland post in levante -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 4

Lot 6652 - europa russland post in levante - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 4

1864 (Feb 5): Letter-sheet from Constantinople to Aleppo, endorsed "via Alexandrette", bearing two fine and fresh single Russia Imperial Arms 1858 10 kop. brown & blue perf. 12½, tied by "KONSTANTINOPOL 5 FEB. 1864" cds in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 3), very scarce transit "PORT ALEKSANDRETTA FEB 13" cds in blue (modified Tchilinghirian fig. 198) with exchanged month and day slug and mute year slug alongside. The reverse shows a further Constantinople despatch strike. A very attractive entire showing the Port-to-Port rate to an unusual destination with the inland part of the journey within Syria presumably carried by courrier and paid by the addressee. Cert. Holcombe (1990).rnNote: Despatched at the Russian Consular Post Office in Constantinople, where Russian Imperial stamps were used from November 1862 until they were replaced by the 'Ship & Eagle' adhesives of the ROPiT in 1865.

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Lot 1575 - europa russland post in levante -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 5

Lot 1575 - europa russland post in levante - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 5

ROPiT Steamer & Eagle 1865: 2 pi. red & blue, a used example with large to huge margins all round, cancelled by clear "PORT XIOS" cds in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 163). Scarce and attractive, cert. Mikulski (1998). Mi = € 1'000.rnProvenance: Collection Fabergé, Corinphila sale 105 (Sept 1998), lot 8646.

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Lot 1593 - europa russland post in levante -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 5

Lot 1593 - europa russland post in levante - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 5

1890: 10 kop. red & green, a vertical pair used on reverse of registered 1897 envelope to St. Petersburg tied by "ROPiT / Constantinople" Cyrillic datestamp in black (Sept 4), with Odessa transit cds adjacent and St. Petersburg arrival (Sept 8). A fresh and fine cover.

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Lot 1570 - europa russland post in levante -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 5

Lot 1570 - europa russland post in levante - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 5

ROPiT Steamer & Eagle 1865: 10 pa. brown & blue, a used example from position 19 on the sheet of 28 subjects, good to enormous margins all round, cancelled by light '783' numeral lozenge of Beirut in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 216). Scarce and desirable adhesive, cert. Mikulski (1998) Mi = € 800.rnProvenance: Collection Fabergé, Corinphila sale 105 (Sept 1998), lot 8636.

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Lot 1586 - europa russland post in levante -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 5

Lot 1586 - europa russland post in levante - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 5

Imperial Post 1873 (Sept 12): Envelope with all-Arabic address from Samsun to Constantinople, bearing a horizontal pair of 1872 3 kop. green perf. 14½, tied with fair "SAMSUN 12  SEP. 73" cds in blue, another information strike alongside (Tchilinghirian fig. 125). Reverse with "KONST-POLSK 16 SEP. 73" arrival cds in blue (Tchilinghirian fig 713). One sideflap missing, nevertheless an appealing cover.rnProvenance: Collection Cihangir, Corinphila sale 121 (May 2000), lot 478.

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Lot 1565 - europa russland post in levante -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 5

Lot 1565 - europa russland post in levante - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 5

1863 (June 25): Entire letter from the Russian Consular Post Office in Constantinople to Odessa bearing two single examples of Russia Imperial Arms 1858 10 kop. brown & blue perf. 12½, cancelled together with fair framed "Franco" handstamp in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 7), reverse with crisp KONSTANTINOPOL despatch cds in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 3). Horizontal filing fold well away from the stamps and left stamp with corner fault, nevertheless a clean and attractive entire opened for display. rnrnNote: Russian Consular Post Offices accepted mail prior to 1863 and the "Franco" handstamp used on this entire is already known on a stampless cover from the Dr. Casey collection despatched in October 1862. This Casey cover proves thereby the usage of the "Franco" handstamp in the Consular P.O. rather than the ROPiT office in Constantinople to which it has been attributed in the past. Russian Imperial stamps were issued to the Levant P.O.'s in November 1862 and starting from 1863 to 1914 all Russian Post Offices in the Ottoman Empire were run by the Russian Company for Steam Navigation & Trade. The present cover shows therefore a very early usage of Russian Imperial adhesives in the Levant with only one other entire from the Cihangir collection despatched three days earlier. The Imperial adhesives were replaced by the ROPiT 'Steamer & Eagle' adhesives in 1865. In addition, the present cover is a fine presentation of the 20 kopeck port-to-port rate while additonal 10 kop. had to be franked for destinations within Russia.

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Lot 1581 - europa russland post in levante -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 5

Lot 1581 - europa russland post in levante - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 5

Imperial Post 1868 (Apr 30): Entire letter from Messina to Taganrog, brought by courrier to Constantinople, bearing right marginal horizontal pair of 1868 10 kop. carmine & green perf. 11½, cancelled with two strikes of mute Retta Shipmail obliterator in blue. Information strike of "ROPiT KONSTANTINOP. AGENT. 30 III 68" cds with inverted day slug in blue alongside (Tchilinghirian fig. 8). Filing folds away from the stamps and postmarks, some wear and tear, but an interesting cover.rnNote: This first issue of the Imperial Post in the Levant (if one neglects the 6 kop. 'banderol' stamp) came into use on May 1st, 1868 when the Constantinople Consular P.O. was closed and the ROPiT P.O. became the only official Russian office. This cover is therefore a usage one day before the Official take over of the ROPiT office.

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Lot 1576 - europa russland post in levante -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 5

Lot 1576 - europa russland post in levante - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 265th - 273rd - Day 5

ROPiT Steamer & Eagle 1865: 2 pi. red & blue, a used top marginal example with large to huge margins all round, tied by light SMIRNA cds in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 772) to piece. Attractive Mi = € 1'000+.rnProvenance: Collection Bustamante; Collection Cihangir, Corinphila sale 121 (April 2000), lot 284.

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