U.S. & Worldwide Stamps & Postal History
May 25-26, 2021

Our May 25-26, 2021 Auction will run live via CherrystoneLIVE. This 1,382 lot sale features United States and Worldwide countries, beginning with a solid selection of U.S. singles, sets, Postal History and Possessions. The Foreign section features a highly specialized collection of French Indochina, with 19th Century military and civilian mail from what is today Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. This collection was formed by a former French Colonial resident, with an excellent eye for postal history and considered a foremost expert of the subject. From Germany, there are used and unused selections from an-old time collection formed with assistance from Herbert Bloch and the Friedl Expert Committee. Great Britain and British Commonwealth are followed by a collection of Imperial Japan, including the original collection formed in 1875 by Baron Maejima Hisoka, founder of the Japanese Postal System. Italian Offices in China include three rare Pechino and Tientsin items, including unique covers. The Poland selection features Krakow Issue, Locals, Polish Army Corps in Italy, with unique errors and varieties. Russia boasts a collection of 300+ lots of Zemstvo, with many ex-Baughman, Faberge, and Bianchi items. In addition, this sale includes a strong selection of 100+ large lots and collections ranging from single country albums to specialized collections, multi-carton worldwide properties and large cover lots

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Lot #294
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1896 (2 Feb) "Corps Expeditionaire de Madagascar" letter card, with barred "Madagascar", military octagonal cachet "Corresp. D'Armee 2 Fevr 96 K.IAI" (Kompong Iai, Laos), endorsed "Troupes du Mekong", handwritten "Saravane", sent to France, with "Bassac Laos 4 Fevr 96" and "Saigon-Central Cochinchine 13 Fevr" transits, Bellac and Montpellier arrival pmks, v.f. This is the only known usage from Kamthong-IAI, office serving the Bolaven Plateau (an elevated region in southern Laos), letter coming from Saravane Lao (Salavan, today). The "Corresp.D'Armee" cachet is apparently an error as it should have been "Corps Exp." (total franchise). A splendid Colonial military item, unique
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Lot #295
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1897 (5 Nov) registered cover "Indo-Chine Francaise Commandant Superieur du Bas-Laos", franked with 5c and 25c Indo-Chine adhesives (another stamp, probably 10c, missing at bottom) tied by "Khong Laos" departure pmks, repeated alongside, with Saigon Central Cochinchine transit, Dijon and Poligny arrival markings on back, intact wax seal, cover somewhat dirty, scarce
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Lot #296
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1899 (23 Mar) cover "Indo-Chine Francaise Laos / Cabinet du Resident Superieur", with similarly imprinted stationery letter, franked with 15c Indo-Chine adhesive, tied by "Khong Laos" departure pmk, repeated alongside, sent to Paris, with Saigon Central Cochinchine transit and 29 April arrival pmk, fine
Envelope
Price Realized
$240.00

Lot #297
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1901 (21 Dec) picture postcard franked with Indo-Chine 1c, 4c, 3x2c and 25c, paying 36c and registered from "Xieng-Khouang Laos", sent via Vinh-Annan and "Tonquin" to France, with St. Maurice arrival, card tear mended at bottom, still fine and undoubtedly scarce early usage from Xieng-Khouang
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Price Realized
$750.00

Lot #298
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1901 (8 Nov) picture postcard franked with 10c Indo-Chine, tied by Luang Prabang Laos cds, sent via "Muong-Ngoi Haut-Laos" and Hanoi-Tonkin to Paris, some card creases, otherwise fine and extremely rare Upper Laos transit mark
Envelope
Price Realized
$475.00

Lot #299
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1902 (23 Aug) cover franked with vertical strip of 5x5c Indo-Chine, tied by Vien-tiane Laos departure pmks, repeated below, sent to Switzerland, with octagonal "Yokohama A Marseilles" (20 Sep 02), Saigon-Central-Cochinchine transit and Basel (7.X.02) arrival on back, some cover soiling, otherwise fine
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Lot #300
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1902 (2 Dec) Indo-Chine 10c stationery card written from "Muong-Ngoi" (Customs post between Yunnan and Upper Laos), canceled "Muong-Ngoi Haut-Laos" double ring, routed via Dien-Bien-Phu, sent on the Red River via Van-Bu-Tonkin and Hanoi to the Post & Telegraph Office "Quangyen Tonkin", card creases, fine and great rarity from this remote Laos border city, one of only three recorded from Muong-Ngoi Haut-Laos
Envelope
Price Realized
$1,100.00

Lot #301
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1903 (4 Feb) registered cover to Paris, franked with Indo-Chine 5x2c and single 30c (perf faults), tied by "Xieng-Khong Laos" departure cds, repeated alongside, with transit pmks of "Luang-Prabang Laos", "Muong-Ngoi Haut-Laos", "Dien-Bien-Phu, Tonkin" and "Hanoi-Tonkin", some cover folds and tears, rare registered usage from Xien-Kong, which was at the time in Siamese territory (1896-1904)
Envelope
Price Realized
$3,250.00

Lot #302
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1904 (2 Jan) 10c Indo-Chine stationery card addressed to Paris, with "Xieng-Khong Laos" departure cds, repeated alongside but this time without date, with transit pmks of "Luang-Prabang Laos" and "Saigon-Central Cochinchine", also "Vien-Tian Laos" on back, some card ageing, otherwise fine usage during the Siamese period (Xien-Kong was Siamese territory from 1896-1904)
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Price Realized
$1,100.00

Lot #303
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1904 (15 Sep) 5c stationery entire envelope, canceled "Attopeu Laos" and addressed to Herblay, minor toning, fine and scarce printed matter from Attopeu, with Saigon-Central Cochinchine transit (29 Sep) on back
Envelope
Price Realized
$475.00

Lot #304
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1905 (23 Dec) 10c Indo-Chine stationery postal card (photograph adhered on message side), upgraded with 5c and 10c "Navigation & Commerce", registered from "Luang-Prabang Laos", pmk repeated alongside, sent to Paris via Vien-Tiane (2 Jan, 06), with arrival pmk, fine and remarkable usage of a registered postcard from Laos, ex-Wallburg, Gold medal winning collection, signed Brun, with his 2000 certificate
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Price Realized
$475.00

Lot #305
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1905 (3 Apr) Indo-Chine 15c stationery entire envelope from "Vienpouka Laos" to Hanoi, with "Muong-Ngoi Laos" ("Haut" excised) transit and Hanoi arrival pmks on back, fine and very rare
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Lot #306
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1905 (5 Aug) 15c Indo-Chine stationery entire envelope, canceled "Banthouei Laos" and addressed to Hanoi, with "Pac-Hin-Boun Laos" and "Vinh" transits, Hanoi (29 Aug) arrival pmks on back, fine and rare early usage from Banthouei Laos
Envelope
Price Realized
$575.00

Lot #307
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1905 (1 Aug) 10c Indo-Chine adhesive tied on card by "Houei Sai Laos" cancel and addressed to France, with "Indo-Chine Francaise Vien-Poukha/Laos Moung-Sing" cachet on back, fine and early usage
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Lot #308
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1905 (30 May) 10c Indo-Chine stationery postal card from "Houei San Laos", sent via "Vien-Tiane Laos" and Saigon to Hamburg, redirected on arrival, v.f., ex-Borje Wallberg
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Price Realized
$625.00

Lot #309
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1908 (23 Apr) cover showing the return address of "G.Leroy, Bassac-Pakse Laos", franked with Indochina 10c red, tied by "Bassac D Laos" departure cds, repeated alongside, sent to France, with Saigon Cochinchine transit and Carillon arrival pmks on back, small metal clipped seal on backflap, filing fold resulting in small cover tear, well away from the stamp, fine usage (Bassac, today Champasak lies on the west bank of the Mekong River, some 30 miles east of the Laos-Thailand border. The "Bassac-D Laos" handstamp was applied in the second Bassac post office on the Thailand side of the Mekong river, the "D" is for Delimitation team establishing the border between Laos and Thailand after the French Occupation)
Envelope
Price Realized
$1,400.00

Lot #310
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1909 (17 Dec) picture postcard (Laos), franked with 10c Indo-China, tied by "Stung-Treng Cambodge" departure cds, repeated alongside and addressed to Vientiane, with "Khong Laos" arrival cds, fine
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Lot #311
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1917 (30 Jan) free frank cover with letter, "Territoire Militaire Le Commandant" struck at upper right, "Muong-Khoua 30 Jan 17 LAOS" departure pmk alongside, sent to France, with Dien-Bien-Phu, Saigon and Hanoi transits, Vannes arrival pmk on back, fine
Envelope
Price Realized
$575.00

Lot #312
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1938 (16 Sep) cover franked with French "F.M." 50c carmine, tied by "Saravane Laos" departure cds, repeated alongside and addressed to France, with violet "Le Chef De Poste" cachet on back, also manuscript "Poste de Ban-Tam Pril par Saravane et Pakse Laos", two transit strikes of "Pakse Laos", via "Saigon-Central Cochinchine" and arriving on 29 October in Le Pouliguen, minor cover ageing, rare usage
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Lot #313
FRENCH COLONIES French Indochina - LAOS
1940 (12 Mar) registered cover from "Muong Boun Tay" to Hanoi, franked with 4c Indo-Chine on front and 2x9c (San Francisco Expo) on back, tied by Muong-Boun-Tay LAOS departure cds, repeated below, showing Vietnamese "Kim-Phuong Bountay Le.V.Che Commandant" handstamp, "Phongsaly 14.3.30 Laos" and Hanoi arrival pmks on back, fine
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