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TUSCANY 1617 FLORENCE TO LUCIGNANO nice seal
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: TUSCANY 1617 FLORENCE TO LUCIGNANO nice seal
Description: 17 June 1617 Entire letter from Florence to Lucignano Beautiful embossed dry seal on nizza on back Small piece of paper missing at top left, mentioned for accuracy, not detracting from appearance Signed by noted Expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $69.00
Item Id #008048    See Details...
TUSCANY 1850 SIENA TO MASSA Entire Letter
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: TUSCANY 1850 SIENA TO MASSA Entire Letter
Description: 10 December 1850 Entire Letter from SIENA to MASSA Signed by noted Expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $15.00
Item Id #008049    See Details...
TUSCANY TOSCANA JUGE DE PAIX DE S. MARCELLO
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: TUSCANY TOSCANA JUGE DE PAIX DE S. MARCELLO
Description: Lettera completa di testo, entire letter, 1813 - signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca; very interesting item for the specialist
Price: $34.00
Item Id #008050    See Details...
1683 NAPLES TO LIVORNO TUSCANY ST ANDREW CROSS 3/4 rate
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: 1683 NAPLES TO LIVORNO TUSCANY ST ANDREW CROSS 3/4 rate
Description: 1683 NAPLES TO LEGHORN - postal rate 3 soldi 4 denari (3 4) clearly written - rate most likely for the delivery from Rome to Tuscany (the Naples Rome leg was a swap between couriers) most interesting ST ANDREW CROSS below docketing area - rare double sheet with lengthy text Signed by expert Dr Migliavacca 1683 NAPOLI LIVORNO tariffa 3 soldi 4 danari (3 4) foglio doppio con lungo testo (rari i fogli doppi) - tariffa quasi sicuramente riguardava il tratto Roma-Livorno poiche' il tratto Napoli-Roma veniva assolto da corriere napoletano che faceva scambi di corrispondenze a Roma - inoltre Croce di Sant'Andrea al retro - RARO DOPPIO FOGLIO con lungo testo Firmata Migliavacca
Price: $150.00
Item Id #008051    See Details...
1698 BOLOGNA LIVORNO TUSCANY ST ANDREW CROSS rate 2/4
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: 1698 BOLOGNA LIVORNO TUSCANY ST ANDREW CROSS rate 2/4
Description: 1698 BOLOGNA TO LEGHORN - written by GIOBATTA & GIUSEPPE ROMA -- postal rate 2 soldi 4 denari (2 4) clearly written - most interesting ST ANDREW CROSS below docketing area Signed by expert Dr Migliavacca 1698 BOLOGNA LIVORNO da corrisspondenti GIOBATTA & GIUSEPPE ROMA - tariffa 2 soldi 4 danari (2 4) - inoltre Croce di Sant'Andrea al retro Firmata Migliavacca
Price: $125.00
Item Id #008052    See Details...
TUSCANY AGENZIA VAPORI SARDI NAPOLI 1848 rare
Country: NAPLES & SICILY
Condition: TUSCANY AGENZIA VAPORI SARDI NAPOLI 1848 rare
Description: 21 November 1848 ENTIRE LETTER from NAPLES to LEGHORN with handwritten indication of the Steamship carrying the letter "LOMBARDO" with fine Cachet Sardinian Steampship Agency in Naples * C.o DI LORENZO & C.i * AGENZIA VAPORI SARDI NAPOLI SCARCE AND VERY FINE ITEM OF GREAT RELEVANCE TO SPECIALIZED COLLECTORS signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $52.00
Item Id #008054    See Details...
TOSCANA 1847 CASCINA - SIENA entire letter
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: TOSCANA 1847 CASCINA - SIENA entire letter
Description: USE SEARCH ENGINE ON THIS SITE TO FIND RELATED OR SIMILAR ITEMS --- 1847 Entire Letter (complete with text) CASCINA cds SIENA cds on back flap Signed by Expert Dr. Migliavacca Firmato Migliavacca
Price: $19.00
Item Id #008779    See Details...
TOSCANA 1844 SIENA to Massa Marittima entire letter
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: TOSCANA 1844 SIENA to Massa Marittima entire letter
Description: 1844 Entire Letter (complete with text) SIENA Straight Line Signed by Expert Dr. Migliavacca Firmato Migliavacca
Price: $18.00
Item Id #008780    See Details...
TOSCANA 1822 PRATO to Massa Marittima entire letter
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: TOSCANA 1822 PRATO to Massa Marittima entire letter
Description: 1822 Entire Letter (complete with text) boxed PRATO Signed by Expert Dr. Migliavacca Firmato Migliavacca
Price: $19.00
Item Id #008781    See Details...
FRANCE TUSCANY GRAND DUCHESS TO EMPRESS MARIE LOUISE
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: FRANCE TUSCANY GRAND DUCHESS TO EMPRESS MARIE LOUISE
Description: 1812 (circa) - undated -- UNIQUE Cover from FLORENCE TO NICE (FRANCE) FROM ELISA BONAPARTE GRAND DUCHESS OF TUSCANY (1809-1814) -- Departmental postal hand stamp 112 FLORENCE well struck at top right Elaborate Script in red GRANDE DUCHESSE DE TOSCANE at bottom left also hand written "LA GRANDE DUCHESSE DE TOSCANE" to HER MAJESTY QUEEN MARIE LOUISE EMPRESS OF FRANCE at NICE (FRANCE) at top left "6" 95% COMPLETE RED WAX SEAL OF ELISA BONAPARTE ON BACK OF COVER -- REMARKABLY ENOUGH THIS IS NOT A FOLDED LETTER SHEET BUT A RARE EARLY EXAMPLE OF "COVER" therefore no date but most likely dating to 1812 ELISA BONAPARTE, SISTER OF NAPOLEON more information on WIKIPEDIA at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisa_Bonaparte MARIE LOUISE EMPRESS OF FRANCE, SECOND WIFE OF NAPOLEON & LATER DUCHESS OF PARMA, DAUGHTER OF MARIA THERESA EMPRESS OF AUSTRIA more information on WIKIPEDIA at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Louise,_Duchess_of_Parma signed by expert DR GIORGIO MIGLIAVACCA ***** A REMARKABLE UNIQUE POSTAL HISTORY JEWEL AND A SHOW STOPPER IN ANY GOLD MEDAL WINNING COLLECTION *** HANDLING & POSTAGE: FREE SHIPPING VIA FEDEX ONLY FOR THIS ITEM
Price: $3,000.00
Item Id #001920    See Details...
TOSCANA 1847 FUCECCHIO - CASCINA entire letter
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: TOSCANA 1847 FUCECCHIO - CASCINA entire letter
Description: 1847 Entire Letter (complete with text) FUCECCHIO cds CASCINA cds on back flap Signed by Expert Dr. Migliavacca Firmato Migliavacca
Price: $17.00
Item Id #008782    See Details...
TOSCANA 1846 PESCIA - CASCINA entire letter
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: TOSCANA 1846 PESCIA - CASCINA entire letter
Description: 1846 Entire Letter (complete with text) PESCIA 30 DIC cds CASCINA cds on back flap 31 DECEMBER!! Signed by Expert Dr. Migliavacca Firmato Migliavacca
Price: $19.00
Item Id #008783    See Details...
Postal History of the Italian Mail Steamers in the Mediterranean – 1818-1839 – Vol.
Country: ITALY
Condition: Postal History of the Italian Mail Steamers in the Mediterranean – 1818-1839 – Vol. I
Description: Postal History of the Italian Mail Steamers in the Mediterranean – 1818-1839 – Vol. I ***************** POSTAGE FOR BUYERS IN COUNTRIES OTHER THAN USA IS AS FOLLOWS: WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE INVOICE FOR YOUR PURCHASE THERE WILL BE $10 CHARGE FOR POSTAGE TO USA - FOR OTHER DESTINATIONS THE FOLLOWING COSTS MUST BE ADDED TO THE $10 INITIALLY CHARGED: TO CANADA & EUROPE $15 (+$10 of course) --- TO CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA $25 (+10 of course) --- TO THE REST OF THE WORLD $30 (+$10 of course) :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Storia della Navigazione a Vapore e dei Servizi Postali sul Mediterraneo, Vol. I — 1818-1839, by Alessandro Arseni. Published 2013. Perfect bound 8 1/2” x 11 3/4”, card cover, 126 pages, in Italian; mostly colour and some black and white illustrations throughout, plus maps and charts. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ By the early 1800s the postal service of most countries was a state monopoly, nevertheless such a service was, in many instances, dependent on conveyance by sea using ships owned by private enterprises. Postal traffic was quite heavy in many of the various ports in the Mediterranean and to protect its monopoly, in due course, postal administrations entered into special arrangements and conventions with ship owners and ship lines. Until 1892, when circular date stamps with the ship names were introduced in Italy, mention of the ship’s name may be deduced from the text of the missive or from handwritten endorsements on the address side of the letter. Such instances, while being sporadic, left much guess work for other letters that did not bear any reference to the ship that conveyed them. The postal history of mail delivered by steamships in the Mediterranean has always been popular with European collectors and with Italian ones in particular. A pioneer of this facet of postal history, Umberto Del Bianco, in 1968, saw his Gli annulli marittimi italiani in uso anteriormente al 1891 published in Rome by a prominent philatelic publisher. His book was compiled and formatted as a catalogue of the various hand-stamps, postmarks, and cancellations found on Italian sea-mail up to 1891. The actual postal history was often in the background and the postmarks and hand-stamps (and their market value) to the forefront. The book is still widely used and sought after by new generations of collectors. Then, between 1976 and 1982, a Milanese philatelic publisher published his three volumes titled II Lloyd Austriaco e gli Annullamenti marittimi dell’Austria e Ungheria. This opus, totalling 1,380 pages, remains a widely used reference. In 2006, his book on postal links between Genoa and South America (namely, Uruguay and Argentina), I servizi marittimi Italiani tra Genova e i porti dell’America Meridionale, was published by another philatelic publisher. What I must point out, though, is that Del Bianco — a very successful publisher in his own right — chose to rely on philatelic publishers. In addition to these important publications he also authored three volumes on the postal history of Lombardy-Venetia as well as a series of articles on mail delivery performed by steamship companies in Italy and in the Mediterranean. Needless to say, a small army of sea-mail collectors was quickly assembled; this was not a typical Italian fad but a trend worldwide. In the meantime many collectors and collections have come and gone, yet almost half a century after Del Bianco’s first book sea-mail continues to fascinate scores of specialists. A postal history veteran himself, Alessandro Arseni was caressed by the blindfolded goddess in 1990, when he was privileged enough to acquire a 20,000 letters archive of a Leghorn-based agent of the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company as well as other merchant shipping lines. One can easily see why this dreamlike acquisition placed him on the driver’s seat. Arseni was flooded with important documents and information. However, he soon realized that more research was required. The result is here for everyone to appreciate: the first in a series of volumes delving into the two decades between 1818 and 1839. Volume I gives all the dates of departure and arrival of all steamships operating between 1824 and 1839, including their transits at ports such as Marseille, Genoa, Leghorn, Civitavecchia, and Naples. This crucial information was gleaned from thousands of contemporary newspapers found in collections at public and university libraries throughout Italy. To further corroborate his data, the Author liaised with auctioneers and specialized collectors. Finding a letter with the words “Via di Mare” (by sea) handwritten or hand-stamped on the address side has always evoked a romantic past as well as a million conjectures. Collectors of air mail or mail transported by train can easily spot the flight or the railway route of such mail, but when it comes to sea-mail the research is complex and intimidating. It is not sufficient to rely on the routing endorsements and the postmarks and hand-stamps found on a cover to tell the whole story. In all fairness, these shortcomings have often highlighted the weakness of the old school of postal history collectors and scholars who are so focused on the cover or document that other crucial sources of information are overlooked or examined only on the surface. To academics, this approach has placed a patina of implausibility on the “postal history” culture harboured in the philatelic world — in some cases to the point of casting doubts or ridiculing it. In fact, all too often, academia is on a track that ignores “postal history” bibliography especially when the articles and essays are not published in academia periodicals, while “postal historians” articles in quite a few instances lack in-depth research that would give greater significance to the subject matter. The reasons for such a predicament are varied, but they often boil down to the fact that a thorough research on primary sources in archives and libraries is time consuming; therefore the collector is quite content with the piecemeal information that surfaces here and there. The Author of this book is all too aware of these issues and while giving prominence to the postal aspects he has directed his writing to other relevant aspects. In the process, his prime objective has been to enable the collector and scholar to identify the steamship that carried a certain piece of mail while presenting new and well researched information on postal rates, fees, postmarks, and administrative or private hand-stamps. The book is well compiled with compact chapters on the Neapolitan, Tuscan, and Roman States steamship lines as well as their English and French counterparts and competitors. Special attention is paid to the lines that connected the larger islands such as Sardinia, Corsica and Sicily. Arseni’s well related presentation concludes with a most useful index of the many steamships involved. A comprehensive bibliography and an extremely handy perpetual calendar from 1800 to 1922 complete this volume. This impressive book is replete with interesting illustrations of covers, hand-stamps, postmarks, steamships, charts and maps. The binding is solid, and the production is excellent. There is no doubt that this is a very useful monograph that will stand the test of time. It is highly recommended to the collector of the Italian area and the philatelist who wants to venture into something new and challengingly exciting. Volume II is scheduled for this year and will cover the 1840-1850 decade. No date has been announced for the third volume but it has been disclosed that it will cover the routes to and from Alexandria, Tunis and South America. But that’s not all, more volumes will follow. [Review by Giorgio Migliavacca]
Price: $80.00
Item Id #013934    See Details...
1743 from DANZIG TO FLORENCE VIA MERCHANT MAIL ON THE FLANDERS ROUTE
Country: POLAND
Condition: 1743 from DANZIG TO FLORENCE VIA MERCHANT MAIL ON THE FLANDERS ROUTE
Description: Sent by HEINRICH MARTENS JUNIOR at Danzig on 25 September 1743 * Docketed: 12 October on arrival - very unusual item **** initials in pencil by postal historian Dr. Migliavacca to attest authenticity *** ALL THE IMAGES, ILLUSTRATIONS & SCANS IN THIS WEBSITE ARE UNDER INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT (offenders will be charged with breach of copyright - a CRIMINAL OFFENCE - wherever they are)
Price: $120.00
Item Id #014049    See Details...
1839 GROSSETO red on ENTIRE LETTER to LIVORNO  - very fine
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: 1839 GROSSETO red on ENTIRE LETTER to LIVORNO - very fine
Description: initialled in pencil by postal historian Dr Migliavacca
Price: $18.00
Item Id #014243    See Details...
1841 PISA red  well struck ENTIRE LETTER to Florence
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: 1841 PISA red well struck ENTIRE LETTER to Florence
Description: initialled in pencil by postal historian Dr Migliavacca
Price: $18.00
Item Id #014244    See Details...
1850s COVER FROM NAPLES * boxed UFFIZIO DI SANITA BOCCA DEL PORTO * rare
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: 1850s COVER FROM NAPLES * boxed UFFIZIO DI SANITA BOCCA DEL PORTO * rare
Description: OVAL HANDSTAMP STEAMER "ELBE" FRAISSINET - *** INITIALLED IN PENCIL BY POSTAL HISTORIAN DR MIGLIAVACCA
Price: $135.00
Item Id #014348    See Details...
1847 Letter from CONSTANTINOPLE boxed DISINFETTATA NEL LAZZERETTO ST ROCCO LIVORNO
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: 1847 Letter from CONSTANTINOPLE boxed DISINFETTATA NEL LAZZERETTO ST ROCCO LIVORNO
Description: 1847 ENT LETTER from CONSTANTINOPLE boxed DISINFETTATA NEL LAZZERETTO ST ROCCO DI LIVORNO - VERY FINE * SCARCE *** INITIALLED IN PENCIL BY POSTAL HISTORIAN DR MIGLIAVACCA
Price: $88.00
Item Id #014349    See Details...
1849 Letter from GENOA  boxed DISINFETTATA NEL LAZZERETTO ST ROCCO LIVORNO
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: 1849 Letter from GENOA boxed DISINFETTATA NEL LAZZERETTO ST ROCCO LIVORNO
Description: 1849 ENT LETTER from GENOA boxed DISINFETTATA NEL LAZZERETTO ST ROCCO DI LIVORNO - VERY FINE * SCARCE *** INITIALLED IN PENCIL BY POSTAL HISTORIAN DR MIGLIAVACCA
Price: $68.00
Item Id #014350    See Details...
1836 Letter from GENOA  boxed DISINFETTATA NEL LAZZERETTO ST ROCCO LIVORNO
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: 1836 Letter from GENOA boxed DISINFETTATA NEL LAZZERETTO ST ROCCO LIVORNO
Description: *** INITIALLED IN PENCIL BY POSTAL HISTORIAN DR MIGLIAVACCA
Price: $66.00
Item Id #014351    See Details...
1857 ROMAN STATES ENTIRE LETTER FROM CONVENT IN BRACCIANO TO SUTRI VIA ROME
Country: PAPAL STATES ROMAN STATES
Condition: BRACCIANO CONVENT TO SUTRI 1857
Description: July 1857 - Entire Letter from a nun in the Bracciano Convent to the Vicar in SUTRI via ROME (red cds) - Double circle with Papal Tiara CANCELLERIA....DI BRACCIANO - interesting text - fine - signed by Dr. Migliavacca to attest authenticity
Price: $20.00
Item Id #000541    See Details...
ROMAN STATES JESI 1861 WRAPPER TO ANCONA * MUNICIPALITA' DI ROSORA
Country: ROMAN STATES
Condition: ROSORA JESI ANCONA 1861
Description: APRIL 1861 - Wrapper (Sovracoperta) from MUNICIPALITA' DI ROSORA (oval) to ANCONA via JESI (cds), ANCONA cds on arrival on back flap - very fine, signed Migliavacca
Price: $15.00
Item Id #000544    See Details...
CODIGORO * WRAPPER * SOVRACOPERTA 1828 to MASSAFISCAGLIA * CANCELLERIA DE CATASTI DI CODIGORO
Country: PAPAL STATES
Condition: CODIGORO 1828 CANCELLERIA DE CATASTI
Description: WRAPPER * SOVRACOPERTA 1828 to MASSAFISCAGLIA showing neatly struck CODIGORO straight line and oval CANCELLERIA DE' CATASTI DI CODIGORO * VERY FINE signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca to attest authenticity
Price: $21.00
Item Id #000549    See Details...
CESENA TO SENIGALLIA 1855 ENTIRE LETTER
Country: PAPAL STATES
Condition: CESENA TO SENIGALLIA Entire Letter 1855
Description: ENTIRE LETTER * Lettera con testo * 1855 CESENA straight line well struck to SENIGALLIA - signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $15.00
Item Id #000551    See Details...
1863 SPOLETO TO PERUGIA WRAPPER SOVRACOPERTA
Country: PAPAL STATES
Condition: 1863 SPOLETO TO PERUGIA WRAPPER SOVRACOPERTA
Description: 1863 SPOLETO TO PERUGIA WRAPPER SOVRACOPERTA senza testo - plus COMUNE DI MONTE SANTO free frank stamper - signed by expert Dr Migliavacca
Price: $13.50
Item Id #001600    See Details...