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GERMANY AUSTRIA ILLUSTRIRTE ZEITUNG LEIPZIG BERLIN 1891
Country: AUSTRIA
Condition: GERMANY AUSTRIA ILLUSTRIRTE ZEITUNG LEIPZIG BERLIN 1891
Description: 7 FEBRUARY 1891 FRONT PAGE OF ILLUSTRIRTE ZEITUNG AUSTRIA'S NEWSPAPER STAMP 1 KREUZER APPLIED AND CANCELED ON ARRIVAL The ads on page 2 include 2 ads from STAMP DEALERS SUPERB & RARE
Price: $45.00
Item Id #009474    See Details...
USA TO FRANCE 1865 SAN FRANCISCO TO COGNAC Steamer
Country: USA
Condition: USA TO FRANCE 1865 SAN FRANCISCO TO COGNAC Steamer
Description: ENTIRE LETTER FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO COGNAC endorsed "STEAMER CONSTITUTION" SAN FRANCISCO cds 3 MAY 1865 NEW YORK cds 20 MAY COGNAC cds on back flap 7 JUNE BREST ETATS UNIS octagonal entry mark in red 6 JUNE POSTAL RATE HANDSTAMPS: "15" and "8" PARIS BORDEAUX TPO CDS 6 JUNE on back flap PARIS cds on back flap The letter opens well for displaying back stamps FASCINATING ITEM WITH A STORY TO TELL RARELY SEEN AND FINE QUALITY signed by noted Expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $190.00
Item Id #009475    See Details...
 ITALY FRANCE MILAN TO FRENCH POSTMASTER IN ROME 1805
Country: PAPAL STATES
Condition: ITALY FRANCE MILAN TO FRENCH POSTMASTER IN ROME 1805
Description: 1805 Entire Letter from MILANO to Rome to GIUSEPPE ANTONIO MOLTEDO DIRETTORE DELLA POSTA DI FRANCIA (POSTMASTER OF THE FRENCH POST OFFICE IN ROME) most unusual, fascinating, not to say rare item signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $80.00
Item Id #007172    See Details...
POWs IN GERMANY 1939-1945 [in German & Italian] NEW published 2016
Country: GERMANY
Condition: POWs IN GERMANY 1939-1945 [in German & Italian] NEW published 2016
Description: Prisoners of War in Germany: 1939-1945, by Gianfranco Mattiello, published 2016 perfect bound, 6 ½” x 9 ½”, 420 pages; introduction in Italian, English and German; listings of camps and related population divided by nationality in English, colour plates in German; black and white map, and an 85-page appendix with colour illustrations throughout. In 1986-1987 Dr. Mattiello and Wolfgang Vogt co-authored two books on the topic of this book; it was a seminal work and the first book dealt with the Stalags, the second one with the Oflags and other camps; a total of 2400 handstamps used by the censors of the camps to prove they had examined the POW mail were described and illustrated. Although much information was included in the two books some had to be reserved for a later work because of high printing costs. In fact the two volumes had exceeded 600 pages. In 2003 the author of this book wrote and published a book in German on the same subject. It was a limited edition and was soon out of print. In recent times there has been a noticeable revival of interest on POW mail and this new edition promises to satisfy the demand from those who were not able to secure a copy of the first edition and from new collectors and scholars. This new book provides the information published in 1986-1987 plus the information that had been omitted at the time, minus the illustrations of the censor marks. Needless to say that the author had dug into the files of the Red Cross Archives and spent long hours to retrieve very valuable information. He had tried to do the same at the Information Office of the German Army in Berlin, but was told that they did not have any of the information he was looking for. This means that there remain gaps here and there that will be near to impossible to fill The statistics of the Stalags before July 1941 are very detailed, and the nationalities of the prisoners of war and their number are given for those from: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Great Britain and British Commonwealth, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Finland, Soviet Union, USA and Yugoslavia. This is no small achievement and the appendix to this volume consists of 85 pages in colour featuring a very impressive selection from Mattiello’s collection. Although the covers and cards are described in German this is a very easy obstacle to overcome with the use of the internet. Additionally, it is very useful to the collector who decides to mount his collection and organise it in a very sensible way. The book includes a cross reference list of nationalities and camps in which they were detained, as well as an alphabetical list of the location of the camps and related camp numbers. The book is well produced and reasonably priced; it will undoubtedly appeal to collectors from countries that had members of their army captured by German forces and detained in POW camps in Germany. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $75.00
Item Id #014596    See Details...
GIBRALTAR SICILY 1826 DISINFECTED HEALTH PASSPORT
Country: GIBRALTAR
Condition: GIBRALTAR SICILY 1826 DISINFECTED HEALTH PASSPORT
Description: MAY 1826 Health Passport issued by the HEALTH MAGISTRATE at GIBRALTAR to the SICILIAN BRIG "LEONORA" bound for MANFREDONIA 16 CREW SUPERB GIBRALTAR EMBOSSED SEAL IN PERFECT CONDITIONS DISINFECTED AS SHOWN BY THE FUMIGATION BROWNING OF THE PAPER, WHITE AREA LEFT BY TONGS HOLDING THE DOCUMENT DURING FUMIGATION SUPERB POSTAL HISTORY ITEM
Price: $179.00
Item Id #006917    See Details...
DOMINICA Great Britain 1967 Cover GPO cds + BOXED POSTED ON BOARD SHIP PAQUEBOT
Country: DOMINICA
Condition: DOMINICA Great Britain 1967 Cover GPO cds + BOXED POSTED ON BOARD SHIP PAQUEBOT
Price: $15.00
Item Id #011269    See Details...
CENSOR MARKS CENSORSHIP OF MAIL IN IRELAND
Condition: CENSOR MARKS CENSORSHIP OF MAIL IN IRELAND
Description: 2003 EDITION IN ENGLISH, spiral bound 125 pages (8" x 11"), ILLUSTRATED THROUGHOUT INCLUDES WORLD WAR I & II CENSORSHIP IN THE 1920s S P I LABEL INTERNMENT CAMPS 1939-46 IRA PRISONERS INTERNMENT 1957-1960 etc etc ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR
Price: $62.00
Item Id #002054    See Details...
MODENA POSTS POSTMARKS CATALOGUE 2016
Country: MODENA
Condition: MODENA POSTS POSTMARKS CATALOGUE 2016
Description: Poste Estensi - Trattato Storico e Storico Postale 1453-1852: Catalogo dei bolli, 2016 [Este’ Posts - History and Postal History 1453-1852: Postmarks Catalogue, 2016] by Giuseppe Buffagni, published 2016 by Vaccari, perfect bound, 8” x 12” (A4), 64 pages, in Italian, black and white illustrations throughout, and evaluations. The first book on the postal history of the Duchy of Modena is Vittorio Mioni’s ‘La Storia Postale dei Domini Estensi 1598-1859’ published in 1975. It was most welcome, well researched and it remains an important source of information. In 2001 the Modenese publisher Paolo Vaccari courageously published the 4-volume opus by Giuseppe Buffagni on the Este’ Posts and postal history, totalling 1544 pages and over 3000 colour and black and white illustrations. To put it mildly, it was a colossal achievement. Fifteen years after that milestone in philatelic and postal history publishing both the publisher and the author realised that new postmarks and several handwritten marks, as well as complementary postmarks such as registration marks, post paid, posted after departure (of courier) postmarks of the various post offices of the former Duchy have been recorded during the last 15 years. Of course, this was due to an appreciable extent to discoveries made by collectors who had bought Buffagni’s volumes. To these discoveries one must add similar finds by the author and publisher which included more specific dates of use extending the earliest and latest date of use, plus the color of the ink used for the postmarks. As the information exceeded the most optimistic expectations it became increasingly clear that the section devoted to the postmarks of Buffagni’s 2001 work had to be be updated, revised and expanded by publishing a separate catalogue in tune with the new finds and with the market. This catalogue does not include administrative and free-frank handstamps which are dealt with in the main opus. For the collector or scholar who needs more information about the use of the Duchy’s postmarks the 2001 volumes are indispensable; there would be little excuse for the buyer to escape the temptation because the 2001 price was €335, while now you can buy it for €100, a giveaway for four hardbound lavishly produced volumes. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $55.00
Item Id #014598    See Details...
FRANCE ITALY 1919 LIVORNO: BERSAGLIERS DE LA MORT
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE ITALY 1919 LIVORNO: BERSAGLIERS DE
Description: POSTCARD BERSAGLIERI (nice) 9 January 1919 LIVORNO FERROVIA cds "ARMEE ITALIENNE" 13e REGIMENT DE BERSAGLIERS DE LA MORT LIVOURNE A very unusual and truly rare item - VERY FINE QUALITY Signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $45.00
Item Id #001287    See Details...
RUSSIA UKRAINE CRIMEA - 1852 LETTER FROM KERCH TO ODESSA
Country: RUSSIA
Condition: RUSSIA UKRAINE CRIMEA - 1852 LETTER FROM KERCH TO ODESSA
Description: RARE IMPERIAL RUSSIA COMMERCIAL MAIL about trade of grains in AZOF AND CONSTANTINOPLE * POSTAL RATE "6" at verso, with usually faint KERCH negative postmark
Price: $50.00
Item Id #010503    See Details...
FRANCE ITALY 1918 ARMEE FRANCAISE EN ITALIE TRESOR ET P
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE ITALY 1918 ARMEE FRANCAISE EN ITALIE TRESOR ET P
Description: COVER TO ABBEVILLE 17 FEBRUARY 1918 straight line ARMEE FRANCAISE TRESOR ET POSTES cds double circle blue: ARMEE FRANCAISE EN ITALIE COMMANDEMENT D'ETAPES DE GARE Signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $55.00
Item Id #001288    See Details...
MALTA SWITZERLAND MAILBAG TAG FOR MAIL FROM GENEVA 1 TO
Country: MALTA
Condition: MALTA SWITZERLAND MAILBAG TAG FOR MAIL FROM GENEVA 1 TO
Description: 1965 MAIL FROM SWITZERLAND TO LA VALLETTA, MALTA VIA ITALY NAPLES - Paquebot CITTA' DI LIVORNO THE REQUISITION NUMBER INDICATES THAT ONLY 500 of these mailbag tags were printed...HOW MANY DO YOU THINK HAVE SURVIVED??? FOR THE BENEFIT OF DOUBTING THOMASES: THE REQUISITION NUMBER IS PRINTED VERTICALLY AT LEFT AMAZING ITEM
Price: $59.00
Item Id #009480    See Details...
RUSSIA UKRAINE Letter from MARIUPOL April 1844
Country: RUSSIA
Condition: RUSSIA UKRAINE Letter from MARIUPOL April 1844
Description: Docketed as sent 17 April, and received 18 April: deals with GRAINS SHIPMENTS from and to Kerch and to ITALY & FRANCE - text in Italian - Rare commercial mail
Price: $50.00
Item Id #010504    See Details...
FRANCE ITALY 1918 HOPITAL D'EVACUATION DE TARENTE
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE ITALY 1918 HOPITAL D'EVACUATION DE TARENTE
Description: Postcard to PARIS 14 April 1918 HOPITAL D'EVACUATION DE TARENTE straight line at top part of card TRESOR ET POSTS cds Signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $55.00
Item Id #001289    See Details...
RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK 1844 LETTER TO ODESSA
Country: RUSSIA
Condition: RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK 1844 LETTER TO ODESSA
Description: Docketed as sent on 14 December, and arrived 19 December - POSTAGE PAID "15" on back flap + BERDIANK 2-line postmark, usual quality as expected but quite legible (rare thus) - Italian text deals with grains shipments to GENOA, ITALY. RARE COMMERCIAL MAIL
Price: $50.00
Item Id #010505    See Details...
FRANCE ITALY 1917 LIVORNO COMM MILIT FRANC LIVOURNE
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE ITALY 1917 LIVORNO COMM MILIT FRANC LIVOURNE
Description: GENOA POSTCARD FROM LIVORNO TO ST PATRICE, FRANCE, 1917 DETACHEMENT SE RENDANT A ORIENT handwritten on address side cote vue stamped double circle red: COMMISSION MILITAIRE FRANCAISE GITE D'ETAPE DE LIVOURNE LE LT COLONEL COMMANDANT
Price: $55.00
Item Id #001290    See Details...
1701 - LYON TO BERGAMO VIA SWITZERLAND DUE TO SPANISH SUCCESSION WAR
Country: LOMBARDY VENETIA
Condition: 1701 - LYON TO BERGAMO VIA SWITZERLAND DUE TO SPANISH SUCCESSION WAR
Description: FROM DR. MIGLIAVACCA'S CERTIFICATE: -- FRANCE – 11 January 1701, entire letter from LYON to a merchant at Bergamo (Republic of Venice). The address side of the letter shows a red crayon mark indicating postage paid at destination for delivery from the Swiss border. Red crayon marks and postal rates are typical of the Republic of Venice. The verso shows remnants of the dry seal that secured the two joining portions of the folded letter sheet. The letter was delivered by the Lyon couriers, routed via Switzerland, Geneva, Bellinzona, and Chiavenna. The traditional route via Piedmont and Milan was discontinued due to a realistic threat of hostilities stemming from the impending War of Spanish Succession. The unusually long text deals with bales of fabric that reached Lyon. The agent of the Bergamo merchant points out that one of the bales suffered from water damage due to poor packaging, it was however sold at a reduced price. In concluding, the agent elaborates about the market situation.   I have examined the above captioned letter, the address side of which is photographically reproduced* here. In my opinion, the document is genuine in all respects and in fine condition. I initialled it “GM” in pencil————— This certificate is printed on acid-free High Security paper with features that may partially show if photocopied or scanned, including microprint, watermark, hidden pantograph, erasure protection etc.  
Price: $395.00
Item Id #010250    See Details...
RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK 1850 LETTER TO ODESSA
Condition: RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK 1850 LETTER TO ODESSA
Description: RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK, 16 FEBRUARY 1850 ENTIRE LETTER TO ODESSA, postal rate at verso "26" + BERDYANSK postmark also at verso, a bit weak as usual but well above average for this type of postmarks. Italian text deals with availability and market prices for grains (bear market situation, good for buyers) -- SCARCE & IMPRESSIVE
Price: $50.00
Item Id #010506    See Details...
1860 NEWSPAPER WITH 20 L GREECE + BOXED PIROSCAFI POSTALI FRANCESI VERY FINE
Country: GREECE
Condition: 1860 NEWSPAPER WITH 20 L GREECE + BOXED PIROSCAFI POSTALI FRANCESI VERY FINE
Description: initialled in pencil by postal historian Dr Migliavacca
Price: $68.00
Item Id #014346    See Details...
FRANCE ITALY 1917 AMBASSADE FRANCAISE A ROME FRANCHISE
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE ITALY 1917 AMBASSADE FRANCAISE A ROME FRANCHISE
Description: POSTCARD - SPANISH STEPS - FRENCH OFFICER IN TRANSIT 6 JANUARY 1917 ROMA cds Double circle & Allegory: AMBASSADE FRANCAISE A ROME ATTACHE MILITAIRE straight line: FRANCHISE POSTALE Signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $45.00
Item Id #001291    See Details...
1847 ENTIRE LETTER FROM BOTZEN CALDARO
Country: AUSTRIA
Condition: 1847 ENTIRE LETTER FROM BOTZEN CALDARO
Description: From Caldaro -- transit mark on back TRIENT, postal rate "6" -- signed by postal history expert Dr Migliavacca
Price: $30.00
Item Id #002315    See Details...
1863 SICILY BRITAIN TO USA VIA LONDON FORWARDER to N Y
Country: SICILY
Condition: 1863 SICILY BRITAIN TO USA VIA LONDON FORWARDER to N Y
Description: 11 April 1863 Entire Letter from Messina, Sicily, to New York, handled by London forwarder 17 April: Nice & well struck oval HEATH & CO LONDON on back flap (the forwarder who mailed it to New York) 17 April London Postmark "PER STEAMER" handwritten at top left 19 cents and "35" paid on arrival Letter opens well for display Ex Hugh Feldman Collection Signed by expert Dr Migliavacca
Price: $99.00
Item Id #006923    See Details...
RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK 1853 LETTER TO ODESSA
Country: RUSSIA
Condition: RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK 1853 LETTER TO ODESSA
Description: RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK, 20 August 1853 ENTIRE LETTER TO ODESSA, postal rate at verso "23" Italian text deals with availability and market prices for grains (RYE & BARLEY), seeds, and ships for transporting them -- SCARCE & IMPRESSIVE
Price: $50.00
Item Id #010507    See Details...
FRANCE ITALY 1918 VERONA TRESOR ET POSTES 112 rare
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE ITALY 1918 VERONA TRESOR ET POSTES 112
Description: VERONA POSTCARD TO PARIS 26 MARCH 1918 65e DIV INFANTERIE EN ITALIE TRESOR ET POSTES 112 cds Signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $58.00
Item Id #001292    See Details...
1847 INNSBRUCK TO TRENTO ENTIRE LETTER
Country: AUSTRIA
Condition: 1847 INNSBRUCK TO TRENTO ENTIRE LETTER
Description: INNSBRUCK DATE STAMP CLEARLY STRUCK IN BLUISH GREEN - TRIENT date stamp on back, opens well for display. Very fine, nice item - signed by expert Dr Migliavacca
Price: $20.00
Item Id #002316    See Details...