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Lot #3299

RUSSIA Russian Offices in the Turkish Empire

1901 (10 June) registered cover from the Russian monastic community at Mount Athos, franked on back with vertical pair of 10k, tied by Ropit Afon 10 June 1901 cds, sent to Harbin, Manchuria, with arrival pmk (11 June), redirected (24 June) to Ninguta, arriving "Ninguta Field Telegraph Branch Priamur District" (14 August 1900 in error, as it should have been "1901"), note on the front of cover states (in red crayon) that the addressee, a member of the 18th East Siberian Rifle Regiment at Ninguta, had been discharged and the letter was to be returned back to Afon. There is another strike of Ninguta (15 August), this time indicating return trip, via Odessa, arriving 30th September at Mt. Athos. Undated oval Cyrillic "Russian Na Athos" at left, fine and extremely rare strikes of Ninguta (ancient capital of Manchuria, occupied by the Russian forces in the summer of 1900 and held until 1906)

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