SICILY

The Kingdom of Sicily was the last of the Old Italian States to issue adhesive postage stamps. Its one and only set was put on sale on January 1st, 1859, and it had a rather short life, because in mid-1860 Garibaldi’s expedition to the South swept away the Bourbon King’s forces, and the stamps featuring the profile of King Ferdinand II (also known as King Bomba) were immediately withdrawn. The uniform design for the seven denominations had been masterfully engraved by Tommaso Aloysio Juvara. The essays by Giuseppe Barone of Palermo and Lesaché of Paris were deemed unsuitable. Carlo La Barbera, a painter, was asked to design a cancellation which would not defile the portrait of the monarch. Giuseppe La Barbera prepared the copper printing plates which were utilised by the printer, Palermo-based Francesco Lao. At first he used a type of paper, made in Naples, which was porous and yellowish-grey in colour and later on the harder white Palermo-made paper. The somewhat inadequate printing equipment, the inexperience of the artisans who produced the plates, and the printing method had three appreciable consequences: the plates wore out fast, and more than one plate had to be replaced for the denominations that had wider use (namely the 1/2 grano and the 5 grana, with two plates each; the 1 grano and the 2 grana, with three); the presence of tiny (but sometimes sizable) variations that make it possible to detect the position of each of the 100 stamps in every plate; and a number of easily spotted flaws, which had been remedied by retouches.

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2 GRANA PLATE I used POSITION 23 200 EUROS FINE
Country: SICILY
Condition: 2 GRANA PLATE I used POSITION 23 200 EUROS FINE
Description: VERY FINE MARGINS ON ALL SIDES USED FRESH COLOR PLATE I POSITION 23 FINE QUALITY SASSONE 6 200 EUROS SCOTT
Price: $44.00
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SARDEGNA USED IN SICILY 10c BISTRO OLIVA SCURO
Country: SICILY
Condition: SARDEGNA USED IN SICILY 10c BISTRO OLIVA SCURO
Description: LARGE PIECE OF WRAPPER GRANDE FRAMMENTO DI COPERTA from PALERMO to CACCAMO 10 cent Sardinia BISTRO OLIVA SCURO Sassone 14Da 150 Euros Signed Migliavacca
Price: $49.00
Item Id #006915    See Details...
SICILIA Italy 1 gr Plate III Deep Olive Green Ex Rothschild Collection
Country: SICILY
Condition: SICILIA Italy 1 gr Plate III Deep Olive Green Ex Rothschild Collection
Description: Position 97 - Sassone cat 5b over 400 Euros ($550++) - very fine, fresh vibrant color, horseshoe postmark perfectly struck - signed CHIAVARELLO - a most impressive addition to any collection - a magnificent investment!!! from the legendary Baron Alphonse de Rothschild Collection - most impressive gem - SASSONE 5b Tav III firmato CHIAVARELLO ex Collezione Rotschild -SPLENDIDO PEZZO PER CONOSCITORE
Price: $149.00
Item Id #006918    See Details...
SICILY 5 GRANA VERMILION MINT EX ROTHSCHILD COLLECTION SIGNED DIENA SENF
Country: SICILY
Condition: SICILY 5 GRANA VERMILION MINT EX ROTHSCHILD COLLECTION SIGNED DIENA SENF
Description: VERY FINE MARGINS ON ALL SIDES MINT HINGED ORIGINAL GUM FRESH COLOR PLATE II POSITION 16 FINE TO VERY FINE QUALITY (Ex ALPHONSE DE ROTHSCHILD Collection) SASSONE 11 1000 EUROS Signed by expert ENZO DIENA + EMILIO DIENA + SENF
Price: $235.00
Item Id #006920    See Details...
 ITALY ALL ITALIAN STATES FORGERIES IN COLOR best book
Condition: ITALY ALL ITALIAN STATES FORGERIES IN COLOR best book
Description: SIMPLY THE BEST *** IN ITALIAN *** BEST INVESTMENT YOU CAN MAKE!!! 128 pages, illustrated throughout, high quality pictures in COLOR GIVES CHARACHTERISTICS OF GENUINE AND FORGED STAMPS OF LOMBARDY VENETIA SARDINIA TUSCANY PAPAL STATES - ROMAN STATES ROMAGNE MODENA PARMA NAPLES SICILY provides concise and clear background to All States and their issues highlights clues and details of genuine (in bold font) and forgeries (in script, italic) even if you do not know Italian in a few minutes, and with the help of a dictionary (Babel & others on the Internet) you will be able to use this book proficiently It is a bit expensive but the production is truly lavish, and if it saves you from buying the wrong stamp, as it will, then it's cheap, very cheap -- ALSO nowadays expertisers and expert committees charge up to $40-$50 per stamp even if forged...once you expertise a couple stamps by yourself with the help of this book you paid for it A BEAUTIFUL & MOST USEFUL BOOK LIMITED, BIBLIOPHILE EDITION: once sold out this will be a very difficult book to buy THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. WE HAVE SEVERAL OTHER BOOKS ON FORGERIES -- USE OUR SEARCH ENGINE FOR "FORGERIES"
Price: $109.00
Item Id #010546    See Details...
FORGERIES SICILY * NEW EDITION REVISED EXPANDED
Country: ITALY
Condition: SICILY FORGERIES indispensable book - revised & expanded reprint
Description: FORGERIES SICILY SICILIA NEW REVISED IMPROVED 2006 EDITION - NEW EDITION FORGERIES OF THE 1859 KING BOMBA STAMPS OF SICILY by Otto Stiedl and Fritz Billig, in German NOW in English and Italian (first ever translations by Dr. Migliavacca); New Millennium Limited Edition Reprint of 50 copies (most already sold to subscribers), GENUINE STAMPS AND FORGERIES are all illustrated with enlargements of details, 80 pages large size (8 inches x 11 inches). The lay-out of the original work has been changed and improved where possible and this reprint is printed on high quality, white paper. New important illustrations have been added. Of particular merit is the new information on the ONEGLIA FORGERIES with an extensive chapter on them, plus the PALERMO REPRINTS. Misattributions by Stiedl and Billig have been corrected by Dr Migliavacca and extensive information on the stamps of Sicily has been added. A Sperati forgery is also discussed and for the first time FORGED HORSESHOE POSTMARKS OF SICILY also receive some attention. Easy to use. THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. . *********************** SICILIA 1859: I FALSI - di Otto Stiedl e Fritz Billig, prima edizione trilingue (Tedesco Inglese Italiano) del Dr. Giorgio Migliavacca. Falsi e originali sono tutti illustrati. Trattandosi di una ristampa si e cercato di migliorare le illustrazioni aggiungendone di nuove e migliorando quelle vecchie. 80 pagine grande formato. Di grande importanza il capitolo sui falsi di ERASMO ONEGLIA e la rivista della attribuzioni erronee a Fournier, e un errata corrige onde porre le ristampe di Palermo degli anni 30 nella esatta prospettiva. Uno dei falsi Sperati e anche discusso in dettaglio, e vi e in prima assoluta una sezione dedicata ai timbri ferro di cavallo falsi. Opera utilissima ora riveduta, corretta, e ampliata. Di facile uso.
Price: $49.00
Item Id #001869    See Details...
SICILY SICILIA 1859 PLATING MONOGRAPH LAVISHLY PRODUCED
Country: SICILY
Condition: SICILY SICILIA 1859 PLATING MONOGRAPH LAVISHLY PRODUCED
Description: LAVISHLY PRODUCED ***** slip-case includes the comparative study and the 15 plates 128 pp. - fine quality paper - format cm 24x31 - hardbound - 2009 – IN ITALIAN (but very simple to follow) FOR THE FIRST TIME IN COLOUR SICILY’S CLASSICS PLATING GUIDE IN COLOUR Preface by noted Experts Nino Aquila and Francesco Lombardo. detailed study, updates, and the MAGNIFICENT COLOUR PLATING PLATES stamps & plates are life size and divided into four parts with the indication of the main characteristics for each stamp and the distinctive elements for each position in the sheet. MAGNIFICATION OF THE PLATES WILL NOT CAUSE DISTORTION!!! Collectors can compare the original copies checking position and variations. Describing in great detail the retouches, reproductions enlarged. In special folder: 15 plates reproducing life size and in colour through state-of-theart printing system to obtain better image definition and detail preciseness. On the back of each plate, "fac-simile" has been printed to avoid any forgers manipulation A MUST HAVE FOR ANY SERIOUS COLLECTOR Very Heavy to Ship
Price: $279.00     Sale Price! $199.00
Item Id #003450    See Details...
FORGERIES ITALY STATES SARDINIA ROMAGNE ROMAN STATES
Country: ITALY
Condition: * FORGERIES ITALY STATES SARDINIA ROMAGNE ROMAN STATES
Description: ITALIAN STATES FORGERIES FALSI DEGLI ANTICHI STATI ITALIANI -- Étude sur les Faux Timbres de Deux Siciles * Etats de l’Eglise * Lombardo-Venetie * Modene * Parme * Romagne Sardaigne * Toscane ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Seminal work by A. De Haene , in French, plenty of good useful information throughout. Easy reading even for those with rather limited knowledge of French. It includes forgeries of the Italian States stamps: contemporary forgeries to defraud the post office, later forgeries, bogus and altered items, forged cancellations, Reprints. TWO SICILIES * NAPLES * SICILY * PAPAL STATES * LOMBARDY VENETIA * MODENA * PARMA * ROMAGNE * SARDINIA * TUSCANY Studio pionieristico di DE HAENE sui falsi degli Antichi Stati Italiani compresi falsi per posta, falsi per filatelisti, alterazioni e trucchi, annulli falsi, ristampe. In Francese, facile da usare. Reprint of the rare 1926 edition, fine quality, printed on high quality, white paper from short fibre pulp from eucalyptus trees, chlorine free. 40 pages with black & white illustrations. MANY ILLUSTRATIONS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE ORIGINAL EDITION and where possible the original edition has been digitally improved. LIMITED EDITION. THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication.
Price: $21.00
Item Id #001932    See Details...
ITALY STATES AND EARLY KINGDOM OF ITALY CATALOGUE
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY STATES AND EARLY KINGDOM OF ITALY CATALOGUE
Description: ITALY STATES AND EARLY KINGDOM OF ITALY CATALOGUE 2011-2012 INCL. POSTAL HISTORY *** POSTAGE STAMPS AND POSTAL HISTORY OF THE ITALIAN STATES & EARLY ITALY 1861-1900 *** The best selling Catalogue with accurate/realistic market valuations. HIGHLY SPECIALIZED AND VASTLY IMPROVED AND GREATLY EXPANDED Each State has a postal history synopsis, list of post offices, information about reprints, proofs, and a new and thoroughly researched sub-chapter on postal rates. These are followed by the listings of issued stamps, their varieties, multiples, contemporary forgeries. A chapter is devoted to the stamps, postmarks and postal history of Military Occupations and Provisional Government issues. IT IS SIMPLY AMAZING TO SEE HOW MUCH INFORMATION IS TO BE FOUND IN THIS CATALOGUE. MAPS, CHARTS, CURRENCIES & COINS, GREAT BIBLIOGRAPHY, INDEX *** At its 14th edition, the catalogue’s in-depth treatment is more and more comprehensive thanks to the co-operation of prominent experts. Every chapter is devoted to a specific pre-unity state and the final chapter is about the Kingdom of Italy. Market evaluations, with references to auction results and net price sales *** 496 pp. - more than 1200 colour ill. - cm 17x24 – paperback -- Italian text If you have previous editions of this Catalogue you know that the new edition is A MUST HAVE FOR ANY SERIOUS COLLECTOR OF THESE STAMPS.
Price: $79.00
Item Id #002544    See Details...
MAIL TO & FROM ITALY STATES 1850-1870 - IN ENGLISH 320 pages NEW NEW
Condition: MAIL TO & FROM ITALY STATES 1850-1870 - IN ENGLISH 320 pages + CD * 5 POUNDS TO SHIP SEE SHIPPING COSTS before ordering
Description: VERY IMPORTANT * WHEN BUYING THIS BOOK IGNORE THE AUTOMATIC $10 charge [we will send you a Paypal invoice or equivalent for the exact amount] -THIS IS a 5 Pounds PACKET- *** SHIPPING COSTS: TO USA $24 ** TO CANADA $43 ** TO OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE AMERICAS & EUROPE $55 ** AFRICA, AUSTRALIA, ASIA & FAR EAST $65 ******* FINALLY!!! LETTER MAIL FROM AND TO THE OLD ITALIAN STATES 1850-1870 - by Mario Mentaschi & Thomas Matha; 320 pages * 717 illustrations in b & w (repeated in color in the CD) - HARDBOUND A4 - ENTIRELY IN ENGLISH This is possibly the most useful postal history book published in Italy in recent years MAIN FOCUS: postal rates and routes of mail addressed to the Italian States in the years that saw the Risorgimento wars which resulted in its unification (1861); similarly mail from the Italian States to various countries all over the globe is examined in great detail. The 1850-1861 period is extended to 1866 for Austrian Venetia and to 1870 for the Papal States. In a nutshell this is the postal history of the fall of the colonial eagles in the Italian peninsula Well researched, magnificently illustrated, a true eye-opener and a pleasure for the eyes and the mind Incoming mail to Italy and outgoing: to from... to from AUSTRIAN EMPIRE ALGERIA ARGENTINA BAHAMAS BELGIUM BRAZIL CHILE CHINA IONIAN ISLANDS GREECE MALTA INDIA FRANCE GERMANY you name it.... THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. very heavy and large book weighing 5 pounds when packed to ship Once sold out this book's price will skyrocket ***************************** VERY IMPORTANT * WHEN BUYING THIS BOOK IGNORE THE AUTOMATIC $10 charge [we will send you a Paypal invoice or equivalent for the exact amount] -THIS IS a 5 Pounds PACKET- *** SHIPPING COSTS: TO USA $24 ** TO CANADA $43 ** TO OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE AMERICAS & EUROPE $55 ** AFRICA, AUSTRALIA, ASIA & FAR EAST $65 *******
Price: $115.00     Sale Price! $93.00
Item Id #011505    See Details...
SICILY 1861 10 cent SARDINIA CANCELED LERCARA on Wrapper VERY FINE
Country: SARDINIA
Condition: SICILY 1861 10 cent SARDINIA CANCELED LERCARA on Wrapper VERY FINE
Description: WRAPPER SOVRACOPERTA 19 SEPTEMBER 1861 elusive LERCARA cds SARDO ITALIANO TYPE well struck -- Sassone 375 Euro on 10c SARDINIA GRIGIO OLIVASTRO (OLIVE GREY) very fine SASSONE 14C 300 Euro IMPRESSIVE ITEM FROM VERY FAMOUS COLLECTION signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $128.00
Item Id #006905    See Details...
 SICILY 1862 10 cent SARDINIA CANCELED ARAGONA rare on Wrapper VERY FINE
Country: SICILY
Condition: SICILY 1862 10 cent SARDINIA CANCELED ARAGONA
Description: LARGE PART OF WRAPPER SOVRACOPERTA QUASI COMPLETA 23 FEBRUARY 1862 rare ARAGONA cds SARDO ITALIANO TYPE wonderfully struck Sassone 8 points rarity 1,000 Euro on SARDINIA 10c BRUNO CIOCCOLATO CHIARO (LIGHT CHOCOLATE BROWN) SASSONE 14Cea (300 ++ euro on cover) good margins IMPRESSIVE ITEM FROM VERY FAMOUS COLLECTION signed Alberto Diena signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $425.00
Item Id #006138    See Details...
1863 10c ARANCIO OCRA cds ALCAMO RAYBAUDI CERTIFICATE
Country: SICILY
Condition: 1863 10c ARANCIO OCRA cds ALCAMO RAYBAUDI CERTIFICATE
Description: LETTER (NO TEXT) LETTERA SENZA TESTO 10 JANUARY 1863 10c PERF (ITALY'S NUMBER 1) cancelled ALCAMO cds ARANCIO OCRA (SASSONE 1h) IMPRESSIVE ITEM FROM A VERY FAMOUS COLLECTION Clean RAUBAUDI CERTIFICATE (1992) states that item is genuine and in "excellent condition" Signed by ENZO DIENA and SORANI signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca Catalogue value 1375 euros for the stamp and 175 euros for the postmark on cover = TOTAL 1550 EUROS ($2000)
Price: $525.00
Item Id #006907    See Details...
1863 15 cent CANCELED ARAGONA rare on Wrapper VERY FINE
Country: SICILY
Condition: 1863 15 cent CANCELED ARAGONA rare on Wrapper VERY FINE
Description: WRAPPER SOVRACOPERTA 6 SEPTEMBER 1863 rare ARAGONA cds SARDO ITALIANO TYPE wonderfully struck on 15 cents -- 7 points rarity (550 Euros!!) IMPRESSIVE ITEM FROM VERY FAMOUS COLLECTION signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $225.00
Item Id #006908    See Details...
1862 10c #1 CANCELED RACCUJA rare on Fine Front of Cover
Country: SICILY
Condition: 1862 10c #1 CANCELED RACCUJA rare on Fine Front of Cover
Description: FRONT OF COVER RECTO DI SOVRACOPERTA (grande frammento) OCTOBER 1862 rare RACCUJA cds SARDO ITALIANO TYPE wonderfully struck on 10 cents BISTRO GIALLASTRO (Sassone ITALY's FIRST STAMP) fresh color and SHEET MARGIN at top -- 11 points rarity (750 Euros!! for postmark on piece + Sassone 1: 550 Euros for the stamp on piece) -- 1,300 EUROS TO ALL EFFECTS THIS IS A FRONT OF COVER AND LOOKS SPECTACULAR - offered for the price of the stamp IMPRESSIVE ITEM FROM A VERY FAMOUS COLLECTION signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $550.00
Item Id #006909    See Details...
15c CANCELED TERMINI IMERESE rare on large Piece VERY FINE
Country: SICILY
Condition: 15c CANCELED TERMINI IMERESE rare on large Piece VERY FINE
Description: LARGE FRONT OF WRAPPER GRANDE FRAMMENTO DI SOVRACOPERTA 6 NOV 1863 rare TERMINI IMERESE double circle date stamp wonderfully struck Sassone 8 points rarity *** 300 Euro on ITALY 15c good margins IMPRESSIVE ITEM FROM VERY FAMOUS COLLECTION signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $125.00
Item Id #006910    See Details...
2 GRANA PLATE II STRIP OF 5 used ON PIECE  with 2 Cartificates
Country: SICILY
Catalog #: Sassone #7g
Condition: 2 GRANA PLATE II STRIP OF 5 used ON PIECE with 2 Cartificates
Description: Sassone value in excess of 15,000 Euros *
Price: $2,300.00
Item Id #009882    See Details...
HALF GRANO ORANGE SCOTT 10 MINT ORIGINAL GUM PALERMO PAPER PLATE 2 POSITION 68
Country: TWO SICILIES
Catalog #: Scott #10
Condition: HALF GRANO MINT OG SIGNED DIENA VERY FINE
Description: Signed Alberto Diena and Dr. Migliavacca * VERY FINE * MINT ORIGINAL GUM * FRESH VIBRANT COLOR * EXCELLENT EVEN MARGINS * Sassone 2, Scott 10 * MOST DESIRABLE ** SASSONE 900 Euros
Price: $410.00
Item Id #000912    See Details...
20 GRANA GREY USED EXTRA FINE LARGE MARGINS SIGNED DIENA
Country: TWO SICILIES
Catalog #: Scott #17
Condition: 20 GRANA GREY USED * EXTRA FINE SIGNED
Description: SASSONE 13, 900 Euros; Scott 17 *** Signed Alberto Diena (Ex Rotschild Collection) - LARGE EVEN MARGINS; FRESH COLOR; CLEARLY DEFINED HORSE-SHOE POSTMARK * VERY FINE AND HIGHLY DESIRABLE
Price: $445.00
Item Id #000913    See Details...