Specialized Russia
December 4, 2013

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Lot #4007
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, upper left sheet corner margin single, ample at bottom and barely clear at upper right, cancelled by a decorative "Kovno" (today Kaunas, Lithuania) postmark, affixed on small piece, v.f., ex-Mertens collection
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Catalog #1
Price Realized
$1,100.00

Lot #4008
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, thick paper, margins all around, cancelled "Mitava" in large Cyrillic caps, "1" watermark shifted to top, v.f.
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Catalog #1
Price Realized
$575.00

Lot #4009
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, thick paper, margins all around, cancelled "240" in rectangle of dots (Polangen, today Palanga in western Lithuania), v.f.
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Catalog #1
Price Realized
$600.00

Lot #4010
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, thick paper, margins all around, tied by "Berdyansk" in Cyrillic script on small piece, v.f.
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Catalog #1
Price Realized
$700.00

Lot #4011
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, thin paper, margins all around, cancelled "471" in rectangle of dots (Kozlov, Tambov prov), v.f.
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Catalog #1
Price Realized
$475.00

Lot #4012
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, plate II, large margins all around, light datestamp, v.f., with Mikulski cert.
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Catalog #1
Price Realized
$600.00

Lot #4013
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, margins all around, oval cancel, v.f.
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Catalog #1
Price Realized
$550.00

Lot #4014
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, margins all around, circular town postmark, v.f.
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Catalog #1
Price Realized
$500.00

Lot #4015
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown and blue, left sheet margin single, cancelled by two-line Cyrillic date stamp (6 June, 1858), fresh and v.f. positional piece
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Catalog #1
Price Realized
$800.00

Lot #4016
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, plate I, right sheet margin single, cancelled by "245" in rectangular dots (Jacobstadt in Kurland), v.f., with Mikulski cert.
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Catalog #1
Price Realized
$1,000.00

Lot #4017
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, lower right sheet corner margin single, light pen and numeral dot pmks, v.f. and scarce positional piece
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Catalog #1
Price Realized
$1,100.00

Lot #4018
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, margins all around, tied on small piece by a three line "Libawa" 21 May, 1858 datestamp, v.f.
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Catalog #1
Price Realized
$800.00

Lot #4019
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, margins all around, numeral cancellation in rectangular dots, v.f.
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Catalog #1
Price Realized
$475.00

Lot #4020
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, large margins all around, tied on small piece by Riga, April 1858 cds, v.f., ex-Mertens and Rothschild collections
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Catalog #1
Price Realized
$950.00

Lot #4021
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, plate I, printed on thin paper, horizontal pair with sheet margin at right, cancelled Berdyansk 1858, fresh and v.f., rare multiple, with Mikulski cert. (Mr. Mikulski estimates that only about 30 pairs of Russia number one exist, most of them cancelled by pen)
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Catalog #1
Price Realized
$5,500.00

Lot #4022
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, plate II, fourth and last sub-printing, frame dark brown, center dark blue, printed on thinner paper (stamps used in the third period of cancellations, dotted pmks with numerals), selection of four, two used on pieces (each signed Mikulski), ex-Mertens, Faberge etc., v.f.
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Catalog #1
Price Realized
$1,900.00

Lot #4023
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, four copies, each with a different postmark, one piece, margins all around, v.f.
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Catalog #1
Price Realized
$2,000.00

Lot #4024
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, deep intense colors, margins all around, tied by two-line date stamp on small lady's envelope from Bogorodsk July 7, 1858 to Moscow, with boxed "Polucheno" datestamp and intact red wax seal on back, little ageing on front, still a v.f. and rare cover from Bogorodsk, with BPB cert.
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$7,500.00

Lot #4025
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, margins all around, tied by two-line "Soligalitch" (in Kostroma Oblast) April 1858 datestamp on complete folded letter (with three pages of text) to Helsingfors, with boxed "ANK 21/4" arrival on back, also with large part of red seal, fresh and immaculate number one on cover, signed Bloch, ex-Baughman collection
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$9,500.00

Lot #4026
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, margins all around, cancelled by pen and tied by "38" in circle of dots (Riga) on cover to Mitava, bilingual "Arensburg" (on the southern shore of Oesel Island, Saaremaa, Estonia), departure and "Polucheno May 14 1858 Mitava" postmarks on back, also with intact red seal, fine, signed Mikulski. Scarce origin (Arensburg, Estonia) via Riga to a Ritter-baron in Mitava
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$4,750.00

Lot #4027
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, three nice margins, just in bottom, tied by Berdyansk datestamp on outer FL from the "Fratelli Rocca" to their correspondent offices in Odessa, dated 17/29 April (difference between Julian and Gregorian calendars), with 21 April/3 May arrival docketing, signed Emilio Diena
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$1,700.00

Lot #4028
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, margins all around, cancelled by pen and tied by "37" in circle of dots (Reval) on outer FL to Hapsal, with boxed "Reval 2 April 1859" departure datestamp on back, very fine
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$5,500.00

Lot #4029
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, large margins all around, tied by boxed "Taurogen 28 March 1858" datestamp on outer FL to Riga, with boxed "Polucheno March 29 1858" arrival on back, also oval "Speditions-Geschaft John G. Kniep Tauroggen", signed A.Diena, very fine
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$5,250.00

Lot #4030
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, large margins all around, placed upside-down and tied by unframed "Smorgon 1858 August" datestamp, with "20" added by pen, addressed to Madame La Contessa Ida Mostowska" in Warszawa, with red Warszawa 6/9 and boxed "1/P" (1:00 P.M.) arrival on back, cover tears at bottom and on back, fine and probably unique usage from Smorgon (Gov. Vilna)
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$9,000.00

Lot #4031
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, margins all around, tied by ornamental double broken circle "Kovno" postmark on cover to Vilna, with "Kovno March 18, 1858" departure cds on back, intact wax seal, minor cover wear and tears, still a v.f. number one cover of Russia, ex-Frederick Small collection
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$4,750.00

Lot #4032
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, large margins all around, tied by unframed straight line "Ustjuschna" in all Cyrillic caps on cover to St. Petersburg, with two-line departure (12 June 1858) datestamp at bottom, round "Polucheno 15 June" arrival, intact wax seal just showing through on front, faint toned specks, very fine and rare
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$7,000.00

Lot #4033
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, large margins all around, tied by indistinct framed Apr 4 58 datestamp (little oily) on FL originating in "Bialystok" (31 March) and sent to Mitava, v.f.
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$4,750.00

Lot #4034
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, large margins all around, tied by framed two-line "Polangen 20 May 1858" datestamp on blue outer FL to Libava, with departure and arrival docketing, fresh and v.f. cover, with "W.Koenigsfest" handstamps
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$4,750.00

Lot #4035
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, large margins all around, beautiful colors, tied by "239" in rectangle of dots on a blue outer FL from Libava to St. Petersburg, with corresponding "Libava 8 July 1858" three-line departure datestamp and oval firm cachet, arrival docketing, letter refolded at top, with filing folds away from the stamp, fresh and v.f. cover
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$4,750.00

Lot #4036
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, large margins all around, deep intense colors, tied by two-line ascending "Puchesh Kostroma" March 1858 pre-philatelic datestamp on home-made envelope to Moscow, with faint arrival handstamp, virtually intact red seal, overall paper ageing, v.f. and scarce usage from Puchesh
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$7,000.00

Lot #4037
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, narrow but ample margins all around, tied by a boxed "Reval 29 April 1858" departure datestamp on outer FL to Riga, with framed "Polucheno 2 May, 1858" on back, v.f.
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$7,500.00

Lot #4038
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, margins all around, beautiful fresh colors, tied by framed "Pernov 21 June 858" datestamp on outer wrapper to Dorpat, with boxed "Derpt 23 June" arrival handstamp on back, wax seal removed, v.f., signed Miro and Roger Calves
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$4,500.00

Lot #4039
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, large margins all around, deep and beautiful fresh colors of the early printing, tied by Riga 25 March 1858 cds on complete FL to Pernau, with bilingual Pernov arrival postmark the next day, minute age spots, very fine cover from Riga, signed Miro, Calves
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$7,500.00

Lot #4040
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, large to ample margins all around, tied by indistinct postmark on outer wrapper from Petrozavodsk 29 April 1858 to St. Petersburg, with arrival "Polucheno 6 May 1858" cds and large part of wax seal, departure arrival docketing, fine cover from Petrozavodsk (the capital of the Republic of Karelia), signed Mikulski
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$7,000.00

Lot #4041
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, large margins all around, tied by "19" in circle of dots on outer FL to Warsaw, with "Kovno Aug 15 1858" double circle departure and red Warszawa 30/8 arrival postmarks on back, lettersheet refolded, with filing creases away from the stamp, fine
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$4,750.00

Lot #4042
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, margins all around, including a tiny portion of adjoining stamp at bottom, cancelled in dots on small outer FL addressed to Odessa, with Mariupol 8 August, 1858 departure datestamp on back, letter has been refolded, with some tape strengthening, otherwise a fine Number One cover, ex-Herman Toaspern, signed, Diena, Bolaffi etc., with Raybaudi cert.
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$4,500.00

Lot #4043
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, margins all around, beautiful color and relief, tied by boxed Odessa, 4 April 1858 datestamp on FL to St. Petersburg, usual filing fold away from the stamp, v.f.
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$7,500.00

Lot #4044
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, margins all around, tied by a "327" in rectangular dots on cover from Chembar (Penza Prov) to Moscow, bearing straight line "Chembarsk" and boxed "Polucheno Nov. 1858", also with 12 November arrival docketing, filing fold at top of the envelope, away from the stamp, full wax seal on back, just slightly offset to front, v.f. cover, signed Schlesinger. A rarity, probably the only known number one used from Chembar
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$7,000.00

Lot #4045
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, margins all around, cancelled by "269" in rectangular dots, used 9.9.1858 on a small FL from "Schklow" (Mogilev Gouv.) to St. Petersburg, fresh and absolutely beautiful number one cover, ex-Faberge, signed Peter Holcombe, also Mikulski, with his certificate
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$9,500.00

Lot #4046
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, margins all around, tied by "37" in round dots on FL from Reval to Dorpat, with boxed Reval 6 August 1858"departure datestamp on back, little overall toning, otherwise v.f. and attractive cover, with Eichele cert.
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$7,000.00

Lot #4047
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, margins all around, tied by boxed Volsk, April 11 1858 datestamp on FL to Saratov, v.f.
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$4,750.00

Lot #4048
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue, two vertical pairs, brilliant colors, margins all around, one just clear at upper left, brilliant colors, cancelled by pen, one also with traces of dot cancels, barely tied on home-made cover to Moscow, with faint postal markings on back, overall ageing and refolded at top, wax seal removed. Mikulski estimates that only about 30 pairs of Russia No. 1 exist, some used on covers (in his collection, there was in fact a cover franked with single and two pen cancelled pairs); this cover with two vertical pairs represents the second highest franking known, certainly a museum piece and a highlight of Russian philately, ex-Mertens collection
Envelope
Catalog #1
Price Realized
$45,000.00

Lot #4049
RUSSIA 1857 Russia Number One
1857 10k brown & blue (defective), used in combination with 1866 Issue 1k black & yellow and 3k black & green ("V" in background error) on small piece, all cancelled by oval "S.P.B." of St. Petersburg, showing part of red departure cds at bottom. The first stamp of Russia was valid for postage until 1881. This is probably a unique combination, ex-Faberge, with Mikulski certificate
Catalog #1,19,20d
Price Realized
$9,500.00

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