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Kingdom of Italy continued...

1924 FRANCHISE STAMPS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
281 nh Sassone F#5-12 Sassone F5-12, 1924 5c-5L Assoc. Naz. Mutil. Inv. Guerra-Roma franchise stamps cplt., a fresh mint set of this rare issue, attractive colors on bright paper, crisp even
perforations, o.g., n.h., several low values are well centered, most have atSassone F#5-12, 1924 5c-5L Assoc. Naz. Mutil. Inv. Guerra-Roma franchise stamps cplt., a fresh mint set of this rare issue, attractive colors on bright paper, crisp even perforations, o.g., n.h., several low values are well centered, most have attractive fine centering for which the catalog value applies; an exceptionally rare set in never hinged condition; not listed in Scott; the two high values are signed A. D(iena), Raybaudi and accompanied by a 1997 Raybaudi gold certificate for those two values. (Image) €8,250

SOLD for $2,700.00
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282 og Sassone F#5-12 Sassone F5-12, 1924 5c-5L Assoc. Naz. Mutil. Inv. Guerra-Roma franchise stamps cplt., mint set with bright colors on fresh paper, o.g., lightly hinged, normal fine centering
attractive and rare set not listed in Scott 5L high value signed E(nSassone F#5-12, 1924 5c-5L Assoc. Naz. Mutil. Inv. Guerra-Roma franchise stamps cplt., mint set with bright colors on fresh paper, o.g., lightly hinged, normal fine centering; attractive and rare set; not listed in Scott; 5L high value signed E(nzo) D(iena). (Image) €5,500

SOLD for $1,400.00
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283 nh Sassone F#13-16 Sassone F13-16, 1924 5c-50c Bibliot. Circolanti Milano franchise stamps cplt., nice set of four values, fresh and attractive with bright colors, o.g., lightly hinged, normal
fine centering not listed in Scott.Sassone F#13-16, 1924 5c-50c Bibliot. Circolanti Milano franchise stamps cplt., nice set of four values, fresh and attractive with bright colors, o.g., lightly hinged, normal fine centering; not listed in Scott. (Image) €1,750

SOLD for $325.00
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284 nh Sassone F#42-45 Sassone F42-45, 1924 5c-50c Lega Nazionale Trieste franchise stamps cplt., pristine mint set, all with strong bright colors on fresh paper, o.g., n.h., normal fine centering
quite rare in never hinged condition not listed in Scott the two higSassone F#42-45, 1924 5c-50c Lega Nazionale Trieste franchise stamps cplt., pristine mint set, all with strong bright colors on fresh paper, o.g., n.h., normal fine centering; quite rare in never hinged condition; not listed in Scott; the two high values are signed Raybaudi and accompanied by his 1997 certificate for those two values. (Image) €2,250

SOLD for $525.00
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285 nh Sassone F#50-56 Sassone F50-56, 1924 5c-3L Opera Naz. Protez. Assist. Inv. Guerra franchise stamps cplt. less the extraordinarily rare 5L which is not normally available, a choice set that is
well centered for these, fresh and attractive with bright colors, o.gSassone F#50-56, 1924 5c-3L Opera Naz. Protez. Assist. Inv. Guerra franchise stamps cplt. less the extraordinarily rare 5L which is not normally available, a choice set that is well centered for these, fresh and attractive with bright colors, o.g., n.h., fine-very fine with catalog value for normal fine centering; not listed in Scott; 3L high value signed A. D(iena), E(nzo) D(iena). (Image) €4,625

SOLD for $1,250.00
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286 og Sassone F#50-56 Sassone F50-56, 1924 5c-3L Opera Naz. Protez. Assit. Inv. Guerra franchise stamps cplt. less the rare 5L, another nice set with bright colors and full perforations, o.g.,
lightly hinged, normal fine centering not listed in Scott 3L high valueSassone F#50-56, 1924 5c-3L Opera Naz. Protez. Assit. Inv. Guerra franchise stamps cplt. less the rare 5L, another nice set with bright colors and full perforations, o.g., lightly hinged, normal fine centering; not listed in Scott; 3L high value signed Raybaudi. (Image) €3,000

SOLD for $1,200.00
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287 nh Sassone F#68b Sassone F68b, 1924 5L Ufficio Nationale Colloc. Disoccup. franchise stamp, without period after Disoccup, a scarce variety of this high value, very fresh with attractive brown
color, o.g., n.h., normal fine centering very elusive in never hinSassone F#68b, 1924 5L Ufficio Nationale Colloc. Disoccup. franchise stamp, without period after "Disoccup", a scarce variety of this high value, very fresh with attractive brown color, o.g., n.h., normal fine centering; very elusive in never hinged condition; not listed in Scott. (Image) for hinged €700

SOLD for $250.00
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288 nh Sassone F#70-77 Sassone F70-77, 1924 5c-3L Assoc. Naz. Mutil.Inv. Guerra-Roma overprinted franchise stamps cplt., a very rare issue, especially fresh and attractive, includes some exceptionally
well centered stamps including the scarce 3L value, o.g., n.h.,Sassone F#70-77, 1924 5c-3L "Assoc. Naz. Mutil./Inv. Guerra-Roma" overprinted franchise stamps cplt., a very rare issue, especially fresh and attractive, includes some exceptionally well centered stamps including the scarce 3L value, o.g., n.h., fine-very fine with catalog value for normal fine centering; a very elusive set in this never hinged condition; not listed in Scott; the two high values are signed Raybaudi and accompanied by his 1997 gold certificate for those two values. (Image) €8,250

SOLD for $2,200.00
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289 og Sassone F#70-77 Sassone F70-77, 1924 5c-3L Assoc. Naz. Mutil.Inv. Guerra-Roma overprinted franchise stamps cplt., another nice mint set of this elusive issue, bright colors on fresh paper,
o.g., lightly hinged, normal fine centering not listed in Scott theSassone F#70-77, 1924 5c-3L "Assoc. Naz. Mutil./Inv. Guerra-Roma" overprinted franchise stamps cplt., another nice mint set of this elusive issue, bright colors on fresh paper, o.g., lightly hinged, normal fine centering; not listed in Scott; the two high values are signed Raybaudi. (Image) €5,000

SOLD for $1,350.00
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FRANCHISE STAMPS COLLECTION
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
290 og/nhO Sassone F#1/75 Sassone F#1/75, 1924 Franchise stamps collection balance of 135 mint and used, the mint are largely in nineteen complete sets, lacking some of the scarcer sets but including the majority of the different agencies that these were issue for, often there are two complete mint sets of each and it is not uncommon for one set to be n.h. or at least some of the values, the used consist of only 24 of the total, there are a few varieties as well including a very scarce double impression of the inscription of one mint 5L value (Sassone #23a), o.g. or used, some n.h., mostly fine-very fine; a nice collection of these seldom encountered postal issues that are not listed in Scott (Sassone catalog value in excess of €8,750). Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $2,100.00
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1926 INSURANCE STAMPS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
291 nh Sassone FA#9 Sassone FA9, 1926 1.50 Blue insurance stamp, impressive mint left sheet-margin single, wonderfully fresh with intact roulettes all around, well centered, o.g., n.h., very fine
most insurance stamps are scarce and rarely encountered, this singleSassone FA#9, 1926 1.50 Blue insurance stamp, impressive mint left sheet-margin single, wonderfully fresh with intact roulettes all around, well centered, o.g., n.h., very fine; most insurance stamps are scarce and rarely encountered, this single value issue is one of the scarcer issues and particularly rare in this select never hinged quality; not listed in Scott. (Image) €5,625

SOLD for $1,250.00
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KINGDOM OF ITALY COLLECTIONS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
292 og Italy substantial and valuable mint collection covering the period from the beginning of the unified Kingdom in 1862 to the 1939 issues of the Republic prior to the war, the collection consists of over 750 different, there is an excellent showing of the first perforated issues that used the designs of Sardinia and the 1863-77 King Victor Emmanuel II issues, some of these have o.g. but a number are unused or regummed and are so valued, thereafter quite comprehensive with better sets and singles that largely have original gum, we note a few imperforated proofs in singles or pairs that are without gum as issued and not counted, includes the 1922 Philatelic Congress overprints, also included are sixteen different mint values with advertising labels at bottom also not counted, semi-postals are quite comprehensive including eleven different "B.L.P." overprints which are usually signed by various experts, air posts are also attractive with the 1930 7.70L Trans-Atlantic Squadron and 20 different sets of triptychs, other back-of-the-book issues include pneumatic posts, special deliveries, comprehensive postage dues including a 10L Blue and brown first issue plus parcel posts, condition varies some on the early issues as would be expected with a few faults present but these are largely in the minority and even when present the stamps are of attractive appearance, the 20th century stamps are uniformly o.g., issues of the late 1920's and 1930's are sometimes n.h., fine-very fine; an excellent solid mint collection of Italy proper; stamps will be found signed throughout and accompanied by three certificates of various Italian experts; total Scott catalog value is in excess of $25,000.00. Est. $5,000-7,500

SOLD for $6,250.00
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293 og/nhO Italy fascinating variety collection balance of well over 400 largely mint singles plus another 50 multiples, one of the most intriguing characteristics of the Italian area, and especially Italy proper, is the numerous varieties that are found on issues from the earliest period right up through the 1930's prior to WWII, this significant collection is housed in a large stock book and includes an amazing number of Sassone listed items, which are occasionally also listed in Scott, plus a number of more minor varieties that are listed in neither, some of the types of things that we note are a great number of perforation errors and varieties, includes imperforates, some of the issued stamps and proofs of others, imperforate between the stamp and a sheet margin on one side as well as imperforate between, printing varieties include double impressions, sometimes with one inverted, also printed on front and back plus full strong offsets, there are a number of postage dues that have inverted numerals, most are the later issue and include some blocks of four, but also including some better used values of the early issue that are very scarce, if not rare, the Sassone listed varieties are very substantial in this collection but in addition there are numerous unlisted varieties such as watermarked varieties including inverted and other positions, unusual perforation shifts, etc., condition varies, mostly in the centering, but that is often due to the very nature of the varieties themselves, the vast majority have o.g., some are n.h., there are a few used items but our observation is that these are much scarcer than the mint, overall the majority are fine-very fine for this type of unusual material; this collection will want to be viewed by anyone attempting to build a specialized collection of Italy; signed stamps are found throughout and accompanied by eight Enzo Diena and three Raybaudi certificates; total Sassone catalog value for the listed material is in excess of €50,000 with quite a number of items that are not listed and not included in that total. Est. $5,000-7,500

SOLD for $6,250.00
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294 og/nhO Italy large mint and used accumulation balance housed in five large stockbooks containing in excess of 5,000 stamps, consists of Italy proper only and includes all of the various types of stamps including some Scott unlisted issues, the duplication is much more extensive in this accumulation than in many of the other Italian areas, it starts with a large section of 19th century mainly used with numerous numeral cancellations, many of these stamps have an unused or mint example as well, but the concentration is in used, in the 20th century mint becomes more prominent with at least one example and often two or three, used is still in rather strong duplication, as the accumulation progresses mint and used become more balanced with a half dozen or more of each value with some more and some less, the second volume is largely the issues of the 1930's with two or three mint and numerous used, another volume is devoted to semi-postals including a nice group of genuine mint "B.L.P." overprints, some signed, also air posts which concentrates in mint with many of the used that are present not counted because of dubious cancels, plus pneumatic posts and special deliveries, extensive postage dues with better values are present in another volume along with officials and parcel posts, the final volume includes non-Scott items such as insurance stamps, postal service commission, money order stamps and locals and various vignettes, condition varies considerably depending on the period, 20th century is o.g. or used and is generally fine-very fine; while duplication is substantial the value is in issues that are often not that duplicated; a useful stock of Italy that warrants examination; total Scott value is in the $30,000.00-35,000.00 range with 20th century being $20,000.00-25,000.00 of that total. Est. $3,000-4,000

SOLD for $5,250.00
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Italian Offices Abroad

GENERAL ISSUES
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
295 og Sassone #1e Sassone 1e, 1874 1c Olive green, without Estero overprint, a fantastically rare mint example of this very unusual stamp, this stamp is in an excellent state of preservation
possessing attractive centering with perforations well clear of the deSassone #1e, 1874 1c Olive green, without "Estero" overprint, a fantastically rare mint example of this very unusual stamp, this stamp is in an excellent state of preservation possessing attractive centering with perforations well clear of the design all around, bright fresh color, full o.g., lightly hinged, very fine.Italy did something with the general issues for the Offices in Levant that is quite unique. Most countries when they make overprints or surcharges for some purpose simply apply the overprint to regular stamps that they have available. However Italy, instead of putting the "Estero" overprint on regular stamps of Italy, first altered the designs of the stamps in small ways, printed new stamps and then applied the overprints. The alterations they made were usually small changes to the four corner ornaments of designs already in use in Italy. On the 1c Olive green they made little white squares with a dot in them. This convention is handy in knowing genuine overprints because the only thing that fakes could be produced on were regular Italian stamps without alteration. This makes it obvious that the stamp is suspect. The stamps that were altered, but for some reason failed to receive an overprint, are great rarities for each of the four values that are known to exist. Very few examples of any of these are known and the 1c and 2c are the only values that are priced with values that illustrate their incredible rarity. The One Centesimo Olive green and the Two Centesimi Brown red in the next lot are the only examples that we have ever encountered; a major Offices in Levant rarity that may not appear on the market again in a generation; not listed in Scott; signed A. D(iena), Raybaudi and accompanied by a 2007 Raybaudi gold certificate. (Image) €75,000

SOLD for $16,000.00
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296 ng Sassone #2b Sassone 2b, 1874 2c Brown red, without Estero overprint, an impressive appearing example of this rarity, unused, regummed, exceptionally well centered within wide even margins
and all perforations are well clear of the design, rich color on frSassone #2b, 1874 2c Brown red, without "Estero" overprint, an impressive appearing example of this rarity, unused, regummed, exceptionally well centered within wide even margins and all perforations are well clear of the design, rich color on fresh bright paper, very fine and choice; this value is altered very similar to the 1c value with small white squares in the corners with dots in the center of each; also, like the 1c in the previous lot, this value is valued the same in the Sassone catalog with very few examples known; lacking gum or being regummed is usually very detrimental to 19th century Italian stamps, but this stamp is so rare that its significance is considerably muted and it remains a major rarity of the Offices in Levant; accompanied by a 2007 Raybaudi gold certificate. (Image) €75,000

SOLD for $4,750.00
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297 og Sassone #3b Sassone 3b, 1874 Estero overprint on 5c Gray green, bottom right corner not altered, position 82, incredibly rare mint example of this variety of the basic offices abroad stamp,
well centered with full perforations clear of the design all arouSassone #3b, 1874 "Estero" overprint on 5c Gray green, bottom right corner not altered, position 82, incredibly rare mint example of this variety of the basic offices abroad stamp, well centered with full perforations clear of the design all around, fresh deep color on bright paper, o.g., h.r., very fine; in addition to being overprinted for usage in the post offices abroad, the basic designs of the Italian stamps were altered to be different, in the case of 5c value the corner two diagonal white lines were opened up to be one large white diagonal line in all four corners, in this one position the bottom right corner was not altered; used examples are very scarce but very few of this position remained mint and are of exceptional rarity; signed E(nzo) Diena and accompanied by his 1981 certificate (Scott #3a; $7,900.00). (Image) €22,000

SOLD for $3,000.00
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298 ng Sassone #4d Sassone 4d, 1874 Estero overprint on 10c Ocher, top left corner not altered, position 16, an unused example of this very rare variety of the basic stamp, light buff color and
fairly well centered for this issue, fine this stamp for the officeSassone #4d, 1874 "Estero" overprint on 10c Ocher, top left corner not altered, position 16, an unused example of this very rare variety of the basic stamp, light buff color and fairly well centered for this issue, fine; this stamp for the offices abroad used the basic Italian design and removed some of the lines from each corner, in this one position the lines were not removed from the top left corner; exceptionally rare in either mint or unused condition; signed A. D(iena) (Scott #4a; $9,500.00 for o.g.). (Image) for o.g. €27,500

SOLD for $650.00
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299 O Sassone #12b Sassone 12b, 1882 Estero overprint on 5c Green, bottom right corner unaltered, position 60, used single with portion of a 3051 numeral cancel of Tunis, margins are clear of the
perforations all around, fine and quite rare this value had smaSassone #12b, 1882 "Estero" overprint on 5c Green, bottom right corner unaltered, position 60, used single with portion of a "3051" numeral cancel of Tunis, margins are clear of the perforations all around, fine and quite rare; this value had small shading lines in the corners that were removed for the offices abroad, on this one position those small lines were not removed in the bottom right corner; not listed in Scott; signed S. Sorani and accompanied by his 1996 certificate (Scott #12 var.). (Image) €2,000

SOLD for $190.00
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OFFICES IN CHINA - PEKING
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
300 og Sassone #1, 1b Sassone 1, 1b, 1917, Pechino2 Cents surcharge on 5c Green, inverted surcharge, the variety being the right stamp in a se-tenant pair with a normal surcharge, fresh and
attractive with deep color, o.g., fine and a scarce variety in this formaSassone #1, 1b, 1917, "Pechino/2 Cents" surcharge on 5c Green, inverted surcharge, the variety being the right stamp in a se-tenant pair with a normal surcharge, fresh and attractive with deep color, o.g., fine; and a scarce variety in this format and the variety being grossly undervalued in Scott; signed G. Saraceni (Scott #1, 1a; $190.00+). (Image) €775+

SOLD for $350.00
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