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Lot 210
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France, Magnificent Two-Volume Collection, 1849-1999. A superb, keenly built, virtually all mint (save for the 19th century issues) holding, housed in a pair of three-ring Scott Specialty albums; it's not often that you come across a collection that's easier to note what's not there, as opposed to what is—but this is certainly of them, with the 19th century issues missing only four stamps (#4 and 8, each offered as singles in our Flagship sale, plus #71 and 87); although the 1800s are primarily used, be sure to note the occasional mint surprise; moving into the 20th century, there's little to say other than it is complete mint less only four items, three of which will appear in our Flagship sales as well; this section is not only impressive and exhaustive in its coverage, but the percentage of never hinged items—even from the early 1900s—is astounding; Semi-Postals are complete mint less about a dozen items (see our Flagship again), with early never hinged sets which you rarely find; Airs are complete mint from #C5 on, and the Officials and Postage Dues are nicely represented as well, mostly Fine to Very Fine or better, a fabulous basis to just go ahead and finish; be sure to enjoy the imaging of this exceptional collection on the web. Shipping charges apply - weight 13.6 lbs.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
Realized $6,750.
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Lot 211
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France, Magnificent Collection of Postal Stationery and Formular Cards, 1870-1916. Containing a diverse range of exceptional usages with both proper and improper frankings, a wealth of cancellations, domestic and foreign origins with Offices Abroad, as well as unusual destinations, commencing with Alsace Lorraine 1870-71 "Feldpost-Correspondenzekarte" (2) from Marcham to a French P.O.W. in Germany bearing Alsace 10c and from Hagenau to Weilburg, Nassau, Germany bearing Alsace 5c and 10c, followed by an outstanding section of the 1873-76 first period with various types of formular cards for the 10c and 15c rates, including 1873 privately subsidized advertizing card used within Paris bearing Ceres 10c sold at discounted 5c and therefore with incised "CA" initials (early form of perfin) to prevent use at full value on envelope, 1873 privately subsidized advertizing card from Lyon to Paris bearing 10c with incised lines + normal 5c and 1874 illegal usage of "CA" 15c stamp on similar type advertising card from Rouen to Paris after these were prohibited from Jan. 1, 1874, and 1874-76 cards paying the 15c intercity rate with a marvelous array of frankings including Bordeaux 4c. + Ceres 1c + 10c, Ceres 1c + 2c + 4c pair + single, Ceres 1c + 4c +10c, and Ceres 5c strip of three, underpaid and taxed usages, rural cancellations, T.P.O., Boite Mobile, registered usage with 1876 card from Rouen to Thonon (returned to sender) bearing Ceres 15c and 25c, and two international usages with 1876-78 cards from Paris to Switzerland and Constantinople each bearing 15c (the latter a late usage of the interbureau card), then a section of the 1876-78 second period of formular cards showing the three printed rates of 10c, 15c and 20c with another excellent range of frankings and usages including first day usages of rate reductions (2, both May 1, 1878, one at old rate and the other at new rate), mixed issue frankings, registered with 1877 card from Rouen to Le Havre bearing Sage 15c + 25c (returned to sender), and the 20c foreign rate for the rare "voie de mer" surtax (required on mail traveling more than 300 miles overseas) with 1876 card from Paris to Georgia via New York bearing Sage 5c + 15c, 1878 card from Paris to the US franked with two Sage 10c (2004 Roumet certificate) and incorrect payment of the surtax on 1876 card from Nancy to Switzerland bearing Sage 5c and 15c, 1878-1901 10c and 15c postal stationery cards with commercial use of 10c card showing variety double printing (one inverted), 1879 registered 10c card from the French Post Office in Shanghai to Belgium bearing Sage 3c (two different) + 4c + 15c, 1890 10c card to Great Britain cancelled by "Southampton/France/M.B" octagonal datestamp, 1897 pair of 10c cards to Great Britain uprated with 5c and cancelled by "F Paris-1F/Place de la Bourse" octagonal datestamps, commemorative cards with Exhibition usages, redirected and registered usages, illegal and taxed mail, "voie de mer" surtaxes (2), destinations with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Danish West Indies, German East Africa, Greece, Japan, and Venezuela, used abroad with Algeria, Egypt, Madagascar to South Africa, Trebizonde, Tripoli Barbary Coast, Tripoli Syria, Zanzibar, 1897 10c card from Senegal to Argentina cancelled by "Ligne J/Paq. Fr. No. 5" octagonal datestamp, reply paid double cards with a couple of extra frankings on reply cards, a few interesting foreign cards used in France, and a fine section of formular postcards with a diverse range of usages, Fine to Very Fine, a remarkable collection replete with the rare and unusual. Shipping charges apply - weight 13.4 lbs.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
Realized $3,000.
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Lot 212
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France, The Louis XVII Collection, 1849-1991. The promised deluge, filling a Scott Specialty album to bursting point; starts with a gorgeous array of Cérès and Napoléon issues (including a repaired #37), strong Navigation & Commerce issues (including an 1879-90 25c on piece cancelled Constantinople/Galata), full Blanc/Mouchon/Merson series, Blanc and Sower gutter blocks of eight, much inter-war material present parallel mint and used including a FIPEX sheet, Normandie dark blue mint plus three shades used, several imperforates, with most post-WWII issues mint and overwhelmingly never hinged; Semis, near-complete and with numerous Red Cross booklets of the 1960s, include #B1-B2 and B11 parallel mint and used; beautiful Airs with #C2, C5-C6, C7, C8-C13, C16-C17 and C18-C21, etc., parallel; strong Dues including #J1-J4; Military Franks, Officials, Newspapers, Occupations and Offices round out the lot; 19th century used offer an array of cancels including Small and Large Numeral, Star-with-Numeral, c.d.s., etc., Fine to Very Fine with much better throughout, grab your wellies for this one. Shipping charges apply - weight 11.6 lbs.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
Realized $2,800.
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Lot 213
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France, Stockbook Selection, 1849-1915. From the First Issue on, with #1, 2 (2, one on cover), 3 (3), 4 (2 on piece) and 9 (4, 2 faulty), plus imperforate and perforated Cérès and Napoléons, including 5F #37 (signed Calves); several Bordeaux issues plus Back-of-the-Book including Newspapers, Telegraphs, Dues, Alsace-Lorraine Occupations (including #N1 in a signed block of nine)…even a few General Colonies Eagles (including a double-impression pair of #4); numerous covers, a lovely range of cancels (grids, stars, Numerals Large and Small, in red, three handsome Colmar horseshoes, a "Ligne-de-Lyon" railway, etc.), Fine to Very Fine, a pretty lot; inspection invited. Shipping charges apply - weight 1.8 lbs.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
Realized $2,000.
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Lot 214
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France, Compelling Collection, 1849-1984. In two Scott Specialty albums, issues up to the Franco-Prussian War on homemade pages and identified by Cérès catalogue numbers; exceptional quality for the most part, with light duplication (and mint!!) among the Classics; note a variety of shades and cancel types and locales, a facially pretty #37 (central thin, invisible from the front), nicely centered Mersons, a never hinged PEXIP sheet (few light creases in top margin), etc., etc., with most mint or never hinged from the Sowers onwards; note also gutter pairs (one or two with millésime), an advertising tab, nice Airs, Dues, General Colonies, and other Back-of-the-Book; pages continue to 2003, giving you plenty of space to expand on this solid foundation, Fine to Very Fine with better, review will not disappoint. Shipping charges apply - weight 13 lbs.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
Realized $1,700.
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Lot 215

France, Extensive Trans-Atlantic Mail to the US Exhibition Collection, 1926-37. A six-frame exhibit, neatly presented to the highest standards, covering the remarkable 11-year time period through a worldwide depression, when, though transatlantic shipping increased greatly, the international postal rates remained constant, except for registration fees and post-crossing airmail rates; on display being both proper and improper usages of various stamps and markings on a wide range of covers. The exhibit commences with the 1.50F letter rate including an illegal usage of Social Security Insurance fiscal stamp, then the 2.40F double rate, 90c postcard rate, 30c printed matter rate, 60c sample rate, 1.50F and 2F registration rates with large envelopes paying both rates with nice frankings, and concluding with various airmail rates and usages including 1928 first commercial airmail to the U.S. on catapult mail from the S.S. Ile de France by express mail 10F catapult rate, as well as other such flights at both 10F and 3F rates, and in particular the 25c experimental rate on mail collected on board ship and transferred to airlift, also another 20 envelopes either on or off pages, further enhancing character to the exhibit with Zeppelin, catapult, and Postage Due usages, Fine to Very Fine. Shipping charges apply - weight 9.8 lbs.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
Realized $2,400.
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Lot 216
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France, Multi-Volume Stock to Whet Your Appetite, 1849-1970s. Offering enough soup to nuts to satisfy the hungriest of dealers; ten albums or binders of various makes (one no stamps) from the First Issue on; note an Yvert album collection, 1849-1949, several 1950s-70s collections, a sparsely filled three-volume Scott Specialty album, and more; nice Classics with wide range of cancels (including a Large Numeral 5098 (Smyrna)), solid shade and Type varieties, a reduced PEXIP sheet cancelled at corners, etc.; thick binder of Vario pages with full range of material, with many margin examples, a strip of ten each 1F50 and 2Fr Dulac Mariannes never hinged with full De La Rue imprint and plate numbers, and much, much more, Fine to Very Fine, feast your eyes on this lot. Shipping charges apply - weight 50.3 lbs.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
Realized $2,100.
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Lot 217

France, Captivating Cover Collection. In three binders plus loose, over 120 classic folded letter sheets or covers; includes one stampless, but most franked by Cérès or Napoléon issues; majority are domestic usages, but note destinations to all the neighbors (Britain, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland), one incoming Swiss (franked by pretty Seated Helvetia), plus later Indochina Airmail, Senegal to France, etc.; a wealth of cancels and additional markings including two with boxed "Après/le/départ", railway cancels, Dues (several with adhesives), a Pneumatic card, a declaration of value coupon, etc.; several Napoléon-franked covers enhanced by specialized presentation of singles with plate and shade varieties; additional material in a single-row book and loose, including modern First Day Covers, maximum cards, an illustrated cover, and the like, Fine to Very Fine with better, a lovely holding; inspection sure to please. Shipping charges apply - weight 10.4 lbs.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Realized $1,100.
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Lot 218
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France, Sumptuous Sesquicentennial Selection, 1849-1993. Presented in three Lighthouse hingeless albums (two with slipcases), a riveting review of France; begins with nicely filled Classics displaying lozenge, star, Small and Large Numeral and c.d.s. cancels; stamps generally sound and nicely margined, all bright and fresh; note a #37 with face-free cancel, 1Fr First Issue and 80c values for remaining Cérès and Napoléons, well-chosen Sages, pretty 1900-03 series, a 1925 Paris sheet (faults at bottom, stamps hinge-reinforced at corners) and never hinged PEXIP sheet, nice Semis including a near-perfectly centered mint Smile of Reims, lovely Airs, etc.; light in the 1980s, but more than compensated for by the binder of complete booklets, many of which are Red Cross Semis; a solid collection on which to build—or a great opportunity for the dealer, Fine to Very Fine with better throughout, be sure to view. Shipping charges apply - weight 23.2 lbs.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Realized $2,000.
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Lot 219

France, Maritime Service of the 15c Sage, from Marseilles to and from Corsica and North Africa, 1876-1901. A single-frame (16-page) exhibit showing the Peace and Commerce issue's use on the high seas. Issued to pay the domestic single-letter rate, the 15c was also valid for Corsica, Algeria and, from 1881-83, Tunisia, as each territory was considered part of Metropolitan France. Unlike the pre-philatelic and Classics periods, the postal history of the Sage issues on these routes has been largely ignored.

This collection, focusing on the single value for the specific time period, with usage solely (or nearly so) to or from Marseilles, is a tour de force of dogged determination and the quest for scarce material. Built, as the exhibitor notes, over decades, the presentation focuses first on Corsican service and then on North African routes, with each of the 11 Mediterranean port locations represented. A total of 27 covers—eight of which are designated as particularly elusive to scarce—illustrate the markings used, many of which for only very short periods.

Beginning with legacy "Bateau à Vapeur" (in full or abbreviated) markings, the collection continues with the "Ligne de [port]" cancels. Numerous corner cards and company cachets adorn the covers, all of which are in exceptionally bright and clean condition. Most are singly franked by either gray or blue 15c, though one cover bears an additional 10c to meet the pre-1878 letter rate t Algeria, and another bears a pair of 15c to Genoa (from Philippeville, Algeria).

We note one cover (December 13, 1880) addressed to Marseilles, with two strikes of the red octagonal "Alger à Port Vendres" dater, known only outbound from Algiers and used only occasionally between August 1880 and July 1881. This is accompanied by a 2014 Roumet certificate.

There are also two incredibly difficult-to-find "Boîte Mobile" or "B.M." cancels, one on a cover to Algiers, the second to Bône, both from Marseilles. These "Moveable Boxes" were located either on the dock or at the shipping line's offices, with mail collected from them before the ship sailed. As their name states, these boxes were never stationary, making the discovery of one cover (much less two!) for a given route that much more improbable.

A very pretty compilation of difficult maritime postal history material. Available online for viewing in full. Shipping charges apply - weight 2.6 lbs.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Realized $1,400.
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Lot 220
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France, Booklet Collection, 1926-2010. In two old time Lindner hingeless albums, an outstanding collection of mostly complete booklets (with several duplicate panes thrown in); note Sowers, Mariannes from 1960s, Red Cross booklets from 1952 (1952 a First Day cancelled booklet), plus plenty of recent vending, commemorative and self-adhesive items, some early booklets with advertising or designed covers, in addition to postage stamp booklets, there are a variety of rarely seen Girl Scout and three students' "Belle France" Cinderella booklets, Tuberculosis issues of the 1940s and '50s, etc., most booklets complete and unexploded with a couple exploded (but include the original staple); generally fresh and clean, overall Very Fine, interesting lot with several unusual pieces, please inspect. Shipping charges apply - weight 12.4 lbs.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $1,500.
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Lot 221
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France, Au revoir Les Semi-Postaux, Complete Semi-Postal Collection, 1914-40 (2020 Scott #B1-B102). On immaculate Scott Specialty pages, from meticulous old-time collector; key items are scarce in used condition, Very Fine and choice.
2020 Scott $4,300 Estimate $1,200 - 1,800.
Realized $1,500.
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Lot 222
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France, Outstanding One-Frame Exhibit on the Paris Philatelic Exhibition, 1925. A major philatelic event, held just prior to the famous Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes; the collection here written up to the highest exhibition standard, and includes relevant official invitation letter, programs, and promotional labels with proofs; a wealth of special usages during the Exhibition and related events with numerous special-printed "Exposition Philatélique Internationale…" corner card envelopes appropriately franked and canceled, with Registered, Airmail usages and overseas destinations; among the specially issued 5F stamps is an imperforate marginal example unused (2003 Behr certificate), the perforated stamps used on four envelopes and a postcard, with one cover franked by a block of four to the Netherlands; plus its accompanying souvenir sheet mint, used with special cancel applied outside the stamps, and a late use on a 1928 Registered commercial cover from Paris to New York (some faults); there is also a range of other material, both philatelic and of a collateral nature, not included in the actual exhibit, Fine to Very Fine. Shipping charges apply - weight 3.6 lbs.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000

An important, highly original presentation, the history of which is published in the erudite article by Professor Tom Broadhead, "Paris 1925 - The Exposition Internationale de Timbres-Postes,"
American Philatelist (August 2003), pp. 728-732 .
Realized $2,100.
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Lot 223
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France, Well-Filled Mint and Used Collection, 1849-1990. Housed in a Koch and two Lighthouse hingeless albums; starting with the First Issue, solid 19th century items with a variety of cancels; 20th century equally strong, with nicely centered Mersons, a Strasbourg souvenir sheet (previously hinged in margins only), etc., with nearly everything post-WWII mint or never hinged; includes nice Semis and Airs, some Dues, even a few Newspapers—there's even a 5 livres Assignat tucked into the front cover; the occasional condition issue on the earliest material, but generally bright and fresh, Fine to Very Fine with better throughout, inspection invited. Shipping charges apply - weight 18.6 lbs.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $1,000.
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Lot 224
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France & Colonies, "They Call Me Méli-Mélo" Stock Surprise. Massive mish-mash of 18 albums or binders, plus several mart books, all filled with La Francophonie; majority Colonies, with most material being mid-period, but with Navigation & Commerce, Blanc, Merson, Rights of Man issues as well; note overprints, Airs, several "France Libre" items, centrally cancelled New Caledonia blocks of 4, many colorful Pictorials with great Topical appeal, etc.; France proper includes early Cérès and Napoléons on through, with the French equivalent of Souvenir Panels for numerous 1980s issues, plus some Back-of-the-Book and Colonies General Issues, etc., etc.; each volume arranged alphabetically, making for a fairly clean sort into your stock, Fine to Very Fine or better, well worth perusing. Shipping charges apply - weight 80.4 lbs.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Realized $1,700.
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Lot 225
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France & Colonies, The Bastille Selection, 1849-1922. And like its namesake, ready to be broken down; in two small ledger books, the first entitled "France" and valued by Thiaude at 43,212FFr, the second "French Colonies" and valued by 1942 Yvert at 9,246FFr; both marked "Second Choice"—but you'd be hard-pressed to prove that by some of what's here; France includes a solid array of various printings of Cérès and Napoléon issues (including a #37 with burelage lines doubled plus socked-on-the-nose Paw c.d.s.), 1900-03 series items, some Sowers and later issues, plus Dues, 1921 and 1922 "Postes Paris" precancels, etc., with several covers plus a range of cancels including grids, stars, c.d.s.'s, Large and Small Numerals, in red, "5098" Smyrna, "5119" Cairo, anchors, Algeria, and more; Colonies offer a nice array of General Issues (Eagle and Cérès), Offices (China, Zanzibar, Cavalle, Alexandria) plus solid examples from around the Francophone area with many choice cancels, Fine to Very Fine with better, nice stock selection.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $1,700.
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Lot 226
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France & Colonies, Fakes and Forgeries Reference Collection. Stockbook with over 80 faux stamps and/or cancels, plus reprints, of France and Colonies from Classics to the early 20th century; a few "Polish overprints" included as well, overall Very Fine, tremendous reference material; imaged in full online. Shipping charges apply - weight 1.6 lbs.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $550.
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Lot 227
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French Colonies, Fantastic Old-Time Collection, 1859-1930s. On homemade quadrille pages, fully annotated; a stunning holding last catalogued in 1942 (no, that's not a typo: 1942) and valued at the time at 91,525FFr; a Francophonie-wide collection beginning with General Issues, followed by Offices and specific Colonies; material throughout strongest in earlier issues, with useful duplication and a wealth of cancel types and locales; note Navigation & Commerce, France and Blancs/Mouchons/Mersons imprinted and inscribed throughout, Offices in China with some choice cancels, multiples including French Guiana millésime blocks, Airs, Dues, Obock #50 one-third tied on piece, Tunisia "T"-perfined Dues, etc., etc.; condition varies as one would expect, and stamps here and there are toned, but our review turned up nothing damaged; a remarkable collection to thrill collector and dealer alike, Fine to Very Fine with better, a must-see. Shipping charges apply - weight 4.2 lbs.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
Realized $5,750.
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Lot 228

French Colonies: Somali Coast, 1c-4c & 20c-5Fr Pictorials Collection of Half-Sheets, 1909 (Scott 64-66, 69-79). Half-sheetlets of 25 (with margins or gutters) mint never hinged in a stockbook; an extraordinary holding, with all the key and high-values, Very Fine, enormous catalogue value; see the entire stock online. Shipping charges apply - weight 1.6 lbs.
Yvert 67-69, 72-82; €10,500 ($11,770).
Scott $12,850 Estimate $1,200 - 1,800.
Realized $900.
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Lot 229
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French Colonies: Tunisia, Mint & Used Collection, 1888-1997. Several hundred stamps and souvenir sheets housed in an Yvert & Tellier album, including used #1-7, 9-25, J10, Parcel Posts complete, and mint #122-142, B3-B11, B12-B16, B37-B46, B54-B73, Airmails complete, and most souvenir sheets perforated and imperforate, Fine to Very Fine, a brilliant collection not needing much for completion; examine. Shipping charges apply - weight 7.6 lbs.
Estimate $1,200 - 1,500.
Realized $1,000.
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