SEA & LAKE MAIL

Mail carried by ships

There are 28 items in this category

ITALY BRAZIL: PIROSCAFO POSTALE RE VITTORIO 1915 POST CARD TO MILANO
Country: ITALY
Condition: PIROSCAFO POSTALE RE VITTORIO 1915
Description: Postcard of Avenida Rio Branco, Rio de Janeiro mailed on board Italian ship PIROSCAFO POSTALE RE VITTORIO 12 January 1915 - signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $14.00
Item Id #000730    See Details...
INTRA 1838 to SWITZERLAND (SVITTO) 4 clear POSTAL RATES
Country: ITALY
Condition: INTRA 1838 to SWITZERLAND (SVITTO) 4 clear POSTAL RATES
Description: Nice small Entire Letter (Lettera con Testo) 1838 with INTRA date stamp and postal rates "3" "6" "8" very clearly handwritten for this piece of mail bound for SWITZERLAND; another handwritten postal rate on back flap - Signed Migliavacca
Price: $20.00
Item Id #001272    See Details...
1864 SMYRNE TURKEY TO GENOA PIROSCAFI POSTALI FRANCESI
Country: TURKEY
Condition: 1864 SMYRNE TURKEY TO GENOA PIROSCAFI POSTALI FRANCESI
Description: 1864 SMYRNE TURKEY TO GENOA PIROSCAFI POSTALI FRANCESI - Letter sheet to TRIESTE (no text) - SOVRACOPERTA - signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $55.00
Item Id #001597    See Details...
1855 FRANCE MARSEILLE TO TRIESTE APRES LE DEPART RATE AMENDED
Country: FRANCE
Condition: 1855 FRANCE MARSEILLE TO TRIESTE APRES LE DEPART RATE AMENDED
Description: 1855 FRANCE MARSEILLE TO TRIESTE APRES LE DEPART interesting RATE AMENDED- Letter sheet, no Text, sovracoperta senza testo -- Signed by Expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $30.00
Item Id #001602    See Details...
LAKE MAGGIORE: HISTORY, POSTS & STEAMERS 1800s 1900s
Country: ITALY
Condition: LAKE MAGGIORE: HISTORY, POSTS & STEAMERS 1800s 1900s
Description: LAKE MAGGIORE ITS HISTORY, POSTS & STEAMERS 1800S & 1900S BY ALAN BECKER In English, 76 (A4) Pages, Illustrated Throughout (including colour), spiral bound Undoubtedly the best book on this fascinating area of Italian Lake Mail Well researched and truly useful ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WE SHIP WORLDWIDE HANDLING & POSTAGE: TO USA: FREE SHIPPING TO OTHER DESTINATIONS: $9.00
Price: $63.00
Item Id #001852    See Details...
LIVORNO TO MARSEILLE FRANCE 1852 * TOSCANE ANTIBES
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: LIVORNO TO MARSEILLE FRANCE 1852 * TOSCANE ANTIBES
Description: ENTIRE LETTER WITH TEXT -- "TOSCANE ANTIBES" ENTRY CDS in red -- signed by expert Dr Migliavacca
Price: $49.00
Item Id #002114    See Details...
FRANCE MARSEILLE TO LIVORNO SHIP AGENT FRAISSINET 1847
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE MARSEILLE TO LIVORNO SHIP AGENT FRAISSINET 1847
Description: Entire letter complete with text ** ship agent oval RHONE HERAULT OCEAN M. FRAISSINET & C.IE MARSEILLE * endorsed "P. OCEAN" one of 3 ships in his fleet -- fine to very fine and elusive - signed by expert Dr Migliavacca
Price: $75.00
Item Id #002115    See Details...
FRANCE MARSEILLE TO LIVORNO SHIP AGENT FRAISSINET 1848
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE MARSEILLE TO LIVORNO SHIP AGENT FRAISSINET 1848
Description: Entire letter complete with text ** ship agent ** Very Fine oval RHONE HERAULT OCEAN M. FRAISSINET & C.IE MARSEILLE * endorsed "SERVICE" as the letter was carried by one of 3 ships in his fleet -- elusive - signed by expert Dr Migliavacca
Price: $85.00
Item Id #002116    See Details...
LIVORNO TO GENOA
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: LIVORNO TO GENOA "IL LOMBARDO" STEAMER 1842
Description: ENTIRE LETTER COMPLETE WITH TEXT to GENOA, 1842, oval handstamp depicting steamer inscribed PIROSCAFO IL LOMBARDO AGENZIA DI LIVORNO, + entry mark at Genoa VIA DI MARE (E) in red -- signed by expert Dr Migliavacca
Price: $75.00
Item Id #002117    See Details...
NAPLES LIVORNO 1849 via IL LOMBARDO Steamer
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: NAPLES LIVORNO 1849 via IL LOMBARDO Steamer
Description: Entire Letter with text from Naples endorsed COL VAPORE LOMBARDO (BY IL LOMBARDO STEAMER)plus double oval blue green handstamp featuring steamer and inscribed C. DI LORENZO & C.I AGENZIA VAPORI SARDI NAPOLI * most attractive and fine * signed by expert Dr Migliavacca
Price: $95.00
Item Id #002118    See Details...
NAPLES LIVORNO 1849 via
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: NAPLES LIVORNO 1849 via "VIRGILIO" Steamer
Description: Entire Letter with text from Naples endorsed "P. VIRGILIO" (by steamer Virgilio) plus double oval blue green handstamp featuring steamer and inscribed C. DI LORENZO & C.I AGENZIA VAPORI SARDI NAPOLI * good to fine * signed by expert Dr Migliavacca
Price: $95.00
Item Id #002119    See Details...
NAPLES LIVORNO 1850 via
Country: NAPLES
Condition: NAPLES GENOA 1850 via "ST GEORGES" Steamer
Description: Entire Letter with text from Naples endorsed "ST GEORGES" (by steamer ST GEORGES) plus double oval blue green handstamp featuring steamer and inscribed C. DI LORENZO & C.I AGENZIA VAPORI SARDI NAPOLI * very fine to fine * signed by expert Dr Migliavacca
Price: $115.00
Item Id #002120    See Details...
GENOA TO LIVORNO 1842
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: GENOA TO LIVORNO 1842 "VAPORI TOSCANI AGENZIA GENOVA"
Description: Entire Letter complete with text showing oval handstamp featuring steamer and inscribed VAPORI TOSCANI AGENZIA DI GENOVA (TUSCANY STEAMERS GENOA AGENCY) - quality typical of this handstamp otherwise fine and rare ** signed by expert Dr Migliavacca
Price: $85.00
Item Id #002121    See Details...
LLOYD AUSTRIACO AUSTRIA ITALY HUNGARY LEVANT TURKEY IONIAN GREECE
Condition: LLOYD AUSTRIACO AUSTRIA ITALY HUNGARY LEVANT TURKEY IONIAN GREECE
Description: This is the monumental standard reference work by Umberto Del Bianco THE AUSTRIA LLOYD AND MARITIME POSTMARKS OF AUSTRIA AND HUNGARY (3 huge volumes, in Italian but with charts, maps, and evaluations, so easy to use) - lavishly illustrated, over 1350 pages. Volume 1: The Adriatic; Volume 2: Levant Danube, Turkey and Austria routes; Volume 3: Italian Ports, Ionian Islands and Greece - if you collect LLOYD AUSTRIACO and maritime mail and river mail this set of 3 volumes is an absolute must - long long out of print and seldom offered - VOLUME 1 & 2 BRAND NEW - VOLUME 3 USED BUT IN FINE CONDITION -- VERY HEAVY TO SHIP (we cannot break up this set to offer Volume 3 separately, but we do have a Volume 1 and Volume 2 which we can sell separately, if interested please let us know
Price: $250.00     Sale Price! $185.00
Item Id #003387    See Details...
GREECE MARITIME STEAMSHIP CANCELLATION BY SAMARAS
Country: GREECE
Condition: GREECE MARITIME STEAMSHIP CANCELLATION BY SAMARAS
Description: In Greek and also in ENGLISH, 31 pages, illustrated throughout, Reprint - like new, rarely offered
Price: $21.00
Item Id #003421    See Details...
ITALY LAKE MAIL MONOGRAPH BY LINDSEY IN ENGLISH
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY LAKE MAIL MONOGRAPH BY LINDSEY IN ENGLISH
Description: A Special Item FROM THE ANTIQUARIAN & MODERNARIAN OF POSTAL HISTORY & PHILATELY *** 104 A4 PAGES, IN ENGLISH, SPIRAL BOUND *** ILLUSTRATED THROUGHOUT WITH INDICATION OF RARITY & VALUE FOR EACH POSTMARK ** ALL MAJOR ITALIAN LAKES INCLUDED: LAKE MAGGIORE ~ LAKE COMO ~ LAKE GARDA ~ LAKE ISEO ~ PLUS BIBLIOGRAPHY ****** WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $59.00
Item Id #003451    See Details...
 ITALY TO BRITAIN SALERNO TO MANCHESTER 1858 - 1859
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY TO BRITAIN SALERNO TO MANCHESTER 1858 - 1859
Description: IMPRESSIVE ENTIRE LETTER 29 DECEMBER 1858 from SALERNO TO MANCHESTER via NAPLES MARSEILLE & CALAIS "COL POSTALE FRANCESE" (By French Postal Steamer) hand-written at top left of address side ACCOUNTANCY MARK: 3F. 76 c neatly struck - several handwritten postal rates Octagonal SICILES MARSEILL postmark SEVERAL TRANSIT MARKS ON BACK FLAPS (letter opens perfectly for display!!!) RED HALF MOON * PARTENZA DA NAPOLI 1 GEN 1859 (New Year's Day!!!) LION A PARIS & PARIS A CALAIS TPOs LONDON red CDS MANCHESTER cds on arrival 12 JANUARY 1850 remarkable item with a story to tell Signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $70.00
Item Id #007315    See Details...
SEA MAIL VENICE FISOLERE FAST GONDOLAS ALSO DELIVERING MAIL PIVIDOR PRINT
Country: LOMBARDY VENETIA
Condition: SEA MAIL VENICE FISOLERE FAST GONDOLAS ALSO DELIVERING MAIL PIVIDOR PRINT
Description: NICE 1800s PRINT DISIGNED BY PIVIDOR about 7" x 5" CAPTION STATES: THE FISOLERE WERE NARROW AND LENGTHY WITH 6 TO 8 OARSMEN - THE FISOLERE LOOKED AS IF THEY FLEW OVER THE WATERS PROVENANCE: PAOLO VOLLMEIER COLLECTION OVERALL IN GOOD CONDITION AND VERY DESIRABLE ITEM
Price: $75.00
Item Id #008885    See Details...
ITALY LAKE MAIL LAGO MAGGIORE 1902 LOCARNO ARONA (1)
Condition: ITALY LAKE MAIL LAGO MAGGIORE 1902 LOCARNO ARONA (1)
Price: $9.00
Item Id #009175    See Details...
ITALY LAKE MAIL LAGO MAGGIORE 1903 ARONA LOCARNO (2)
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY LAKE MAIL LAGO MAGGIORE 1903 ARONA LOCARNO (2)
Price: $9.00
Item Id #009193    See Details...
Postal History of the Italian Mail Steamers in the Mediterranean – 1840 - 1850 – Vol. II
Country: ITALY
Condition: Postal History of the Italian Mail Steamers in the Mediterranean – 1840 - 1850 – Vol. II
Description: Postal History of the Italian Mail Steamers in the Mediterranean – 1840 - 1850 – Vol. II ***************** ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Storia della Navigazione a Vapore e dei Servizi Postali sul Mediterraneo, Vol. II — 1840- by Alessandro Arseni. Published 2016. Perfect bound 8 1/2” x 11 3/4”, card cover, 192 pages, in Italian; colour and black and white illustrations, maps and charts throughout. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 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) :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: In the first volume of this series, the author stressed that 1839 was a turning point in the history of Italian Mail Steamers. The importance of their service increased exponentially during the 1840s and 1850s, and French, British and Austrian competitors prompted the Italian operators to offer a reliable, flexible and timely conveyance of mail and passengers. These were the years when the world was rapidly getting smaller and the Mediterranean even more so. The second volume of this impressive series on the history and postal history of the Italian Steam Packets operating in the Mediterranean deals with the history of steamships of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and of the Grand-Duchy of Tuscany during the decade from 1840 to 1850. Their role in the conveyance of mails of various States to destinations in the Mediterranean, including the islands of Corsica, Malta and Sicily is the focus of the volume. During these years the steamship fleet of King Ferdinand II was enlarged, and privately owned steam navigation companies also strengthened their presence and capabilities. This scenario offered more reliability, choice and flexibility for the prompt conveyance of an increasing volume of mail that could be expedited like never before, thanks to the absence of many of the obstacles, borders and complexities typical of overland routes. Amongst other things we learn too of the growth and demise of Tuscan steamship navigation, as well as the story of the Valery Bros. Steam Packet Company which monopolized the sea route between Bastia and Livorno. The era of uprisings era spanning the years 1848 and 1849 has been painstakingly examined by Arseni, thus providing reliable and detailed information about the steam packets utilized to convey mail between Naples and Sicily during the months of the Sicilian insurgency. There are many echoes of economic and political history in this book; one shining example is the Livorno-built steamship Il Lombardo which in 1860 transported many of Garibaldi’s “Thousand” to Sicily for the epic liberation of the South. The steamer ran aground at Marsala where it was welcomed by the cannon ballsof King Bomba’s army: the rest is history. Arseni’s work relies on extensive research carried out on 21,500 letters, and includes 600 footnotes, plus a most impressive picture gallery of 85 scholarly described letters, as well as fundamental documentation such as Treaties, Postal Conventions, and Decrees that had a direct impact on the postal activities of steam packets. This unprecedented wealth of information benefits from hitherto unpublished documents and research; Volume II is definitely a substantial contribution to the history and postal history of Italian Steam Packet Mail in the Mediterranean. Both the specialist and the general collector of maritime mail will greatly profit from Arseni’s books. [Review by Giorgio Migliavacca]
Price: $94.00
Item Id #013935    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...
1794 BILL OF LADING FROM GENOA TO PORTO MAURIZIO very fine
Country: Italy
Condition: 1794 BILL OF LADING FROM GENOA TO PORTO MAURIZIO very fine
Description: HOLY CONCEPTION SHIP
Price: $49.00
Item Id #014234    See Details...
1851 ENTIRE LETTER FLORENCE TO  GENOA
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: 1851 ENTIRE LETTER FLORENCE TO GENOA "VIA DI MARE (E) very fine
Description: signed in pencil by postal historian Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $21.00
Item Id #014235    See Details...
1965 MAILBAG TAG FOR MAIL FROM SWITZERLAND, GENEVA, TO BEIRUT LEBANON, VIA ITALY, GENOA - CONVEYED BY Paquebot AKDENIZ
Country: LEBANON
Condition: 1965 MAILBAG TAG FOR MAIL FROM SWITZERLAND, GENEVA, TO BEIRUT LEBANON, VIA ITALY, GENOA - CONVEYED BY Paquebot AKDENIZ
Description: 1965 MAILBAG TAG FOR MAIL FROM SWITZERLAND, GENEVA, TO BEIRUT LEBANON, VIA ITALY, GENOA - CONVEYED BY Paquebot AKDENIZ *** THE REQUISITION NUMBER OF THE SWISS POSTS (SIDEWAYS AT LEFT) INDICATES THAT ONLY 2000 of these mailbag tags were printed...HOW MANY DO YOU THINK HAVE SURVIVED???
Price: $80.00
Item Id #014648    See Details...