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Lot 554

Turkey, ca. 1863, cover sent to Bilecik, light blue cover, missing backflap but flap tip with gartered "1863" emboss, sent to midwestern Anatolia; franked with second printing 1pi black on dull violet/gray, plus second printing 2pi black on greenish blue showing two distinct areas of pre-printing paper folds; both tied by 26 x 20mm mute dotted-grid handstamps (Pulhan Type I); cover soiled from travels and stains reverse from previous mounting (plus someone's accounting work), Fine to Very Fine, a rare Tughra error or variety on cover.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
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Lot 555

Turkey, 1863, two-page folded letter sent to Filibe [Plovdiv, Bulgaria], a magnificent folded letter, bilingually addressed, and franked by a second printing thin paper 1pi black on gray, fully tied by Pulhan Type I 20 x 26mm mute cancel; a few hinge remnants and contemporary fingerprints on reverse, still Very Fine, a real beauty all around—and if you can figure out the script, you're better than our describer.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $550.
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Lot 556

Turkey, 1863, folded letter to Tarsus, with a remarkable multicolor franking of second printing 5pi, 2pi (2) and 1pi with horizontal pre-printing paper fold; each incredibly centered and displaying control band at bottom, and tied by dotted grid Battal cancels, adding to its charm is the fact that it is written and addressed in Armenian, a nice reminder of the multi-ethnic composition of the Ottoman Empire; one stamp removed upper left, damage to front top center and to reverse, still Very Fine and attractive, a scarce tri-color franking with variety.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $900.
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Lot 557

Turkey, 1864, folded letter sheet to Filibe [Plovdiv, Bulgaria], franked by thick paper third printing 1pi, tied by dotted-grid Battal handstamp; interesting geometric designs below address; reverse with penciled auction information (H.C. Barr Sale, July 9, 1932) with "Dan Kelleher Gift" at lower left, bright cover; heavy vertical file fold, Fine to Very Fine, despite the fold, a pretty cover.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $275.
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Lot 558

Turkey, 1864 (Mar. 30), folded letter sheet to Dersaadet, Istanbul, addressed and message in Greek; franked by two lovely examples of third printing thick paper 1pi and 20pa stamps, each with four clear to large margins and red control band at bottom; both canceled (with 1pi tied) by dotted-grid Battal handstamps; slight damage to back of sheet only, with previous mounting hinges remaining as well, Very Fine appearing.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $1,500.
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Lot 559

Turkey, 1864 (Oct. 30), 2pi20pa on folded letter sheet sent Beirut to Damascus (Scott 4, 6), on quadrille-pattern blue embossed "M. Trümpy & Co./Beyrouth" lettersheet (no writing on interior) with blue green oval company cachet at upper left; bottom left bears a first printing 2pi (Scott #4) overlaid by third printing 20pa (#6), both tied by dotted-grid Battal cancel; the 2pi with red control band at top and huge margin beneath the yellow 20pa; postage paid the 6 dirham weight (19.2g) and up to 50 route hours rate (Beirut to Damascus was 24 route hours), amazingly fresh; hinges from prior mounting remain on reverse, Very Fine, first printing adhesives on cover are scarce.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $1,200.
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Lot 560

Turkey, 1893 (Mar. 13?), cover sent from Hudaida to Istanbul, a spectacular cover from one of the farthest-flung Ottoman territories, Yemen, to its heart of power in Istanbul; franked by a bisected 2pi 1892 Coat-of-Arms issue (Scott #98), tied by an absolutely perfect two-ring "Hudaida" cancel (A&P Type 1), with a bilingual MAR [day unclear] 93 origin c.d.s. alongside; the receiver on reverse is a bit interesting, as it is dated (bilingually and bi-calendrically) AVR 6, but reads as an origin with "Depart Cons/ple S. Porte" in roman characters (the Ottoman equivalent is blurred); reduced at left with vertical file fold center, still Very Fine, signed lower right.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
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Lot 561

Turkey, 1897 (Sept. 16), cover sent from Larissa [Greece] to Istanbul, franked on reverse with 1892 1pi Coat-of-Arms issue (Scott #97), tied by bold bilingual Yenisehir/Larissa c.d.s. (A&P Type 3); bilingual Dersaadet receiver directly above dated SEP 21, with very faint "Cons/ple S. Porte" receiver to left; reduction at top of no consequence to stamp or markings, Very Fine, sent immediately before (and received the day after) the Greco-Turkish War armistice of Sept. 20.
Estimate $800 - 1,200.
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Lot 562
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Turkey, 1863, 20pa black on yellow paper, second printing (Scott 1), a breathtaking right margin even-row single (red control band at bottom inverted) on thin surface-colored paper, fully struck by two Battal ("Cancelled") handstamps, one in the margin, one over the stamp; luxurious color with a control evenly located at the foot of the stamp; cut close on left but otherwise full or wider margins, even capturing dividing/guide line above, Very Fine, a seldom-seen margin example.
Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 563
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Turkey, 1863, 20pa black on yellow, two trial prints (Scott 1 var), on thin paper as issued, but rather than a red band at bottom, these are printed on a paper with distinct mesh background; yellow background color is printed—reverse of stamps are a bone white; one without gum, the other large part original gum; both well margined, Very Fine, a great find for the Ottoman specialist, scarce.
Estimate $250 - 350.
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Lot 564
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Turkey, 1863, 1pi black on dull violet paper (Scott 2), horizontal pair, the paper shading perfectly between dull violet (Scott #2) and gray (#2a); remarkably fresh with a light dotted cancel with full margin at bottom showing the odd-row control mark (reading upright), with partial offset of red control band on reverse (showing through the thin paper just below the value tablet); gargantuan margins all around, with dividing lines showing left, top and right, Extremely Fine to Superb, a scarce offset example, especially as a multiple.
Estimate $300 - 400.
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Lot 565
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Turkey, 1863, 2pi black on greenish blue, first printing (Scott 4), a magnificent top margin single on almost cloud wisp-thin deep blue paper; magnificently margined, showing full design all around, dividing/guide line at right and red control band (overlapping the bottom of the stamp's border—a mark of the first printing) below, Very Fine, a more impressive position piece you won't find. ISFILA #1PV03 (catalogue value $500).
Estimate $300 - 400.
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Lot 566
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Turkey, 1863, 20pa black on yellow, third printing (Scott 6), on thick paper, canceled by dotted-grid negative seal Deraliyye (Istanbul) handstamp in black; solid margins with portion of red control band below, with vibrant color, Very Fine, cancel is A&P Type 21, rated RR.
Estimate $250 - 350.
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Lot 567
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Turkey, 1863, 20pa black on yellow, worn-stone third printing (Scott 6), on thick paper with guide line at bottom only, indicative of the third setting, with major design breaks across the stamp (mainly left quarter, but also at top and top of right side of crescent), with a partial control band at bottom extending only half the width of the stamp; close cut top with small knick out of top right corner outside the design, otherwise a great-margined stamp, Very Fine, a great variety for your collection or exhibit.
Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 568
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Turkey, 1863, 20pa black on yellow, canceled Filibe [Plovdiv, Bulgaria] (Scott 6), beautifully centered example with inverted red overprint below and part of stamp above; blue dotted handstamped cancel (A&P Type 21; Pulhan T. IIB), Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 569
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Turkey, 1863, 1pi black on dull violet, third printing (Scott 7), sharp color and printing, canceled by Deraliyye (Istanbul) black dotted negative seal handstamp, Fine, a rare A&P Type 21 cancel (noted RR).
Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 570

Turkey, 1914, Views of Constantinople, complete set (Scott 254-270), o.g., previously hinged (gum disturbance on 5pi), the key 200pi high value, which represents the majority of the value of the set, is sound and attractive, Very Fine.
Scott $785.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $170.
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Lot 571
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Turkey, 1923, First Issue of the Republic, Ahmed Nazmi Printer, complete (Scott 605-623), a lovely set, either very lightly hinged or never hinged, Very Fine set.
Scott $1,436 for o.g.
Estimate $600 - 800.
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Lot 572

Turkey, Revenue, 1859-71, Bazaar Fee stamps selection, a fascinating little grouping, with over 60 Bazaar Excise (Pazar Rusumati) stamps; sets of ten, each a different color, inscribed 10, 20 and 40 and only in Ottoman Turkish, the last of which bears a "21/D" handstamp; a second set again multiple colors in various denominations with booklet-like tabs at left, inscribed in Ottoman, Greek, Armenian and French; surprisingly fresh; all wetted down by some type of adhesive on tissue paper (with care could probably be removed), o.g., Very Fine, get these while you can—you won't see their like again soon.
Estimate $300 - 400.
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