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Lot #2945
RUSSIA Russia Used in Asia
1854 10k stationery entire envelope with indicia on back, canceled by pen and sent from Kyakhta to St. Petersburg, with framed "Kyakhta 16 Nov 1854" departure and "Polucheno 20 Dec" St. Petersburg arrival pmks on back. This cover is described in Thilingirian "Stamps of the Russian Empire Used Abroad", on page 567 (at the time "earliest item reported so far from Kyakhta"), sent by a Russian trader residing in Kyakhta to an instructor at the St. Anna School which educated many prominent Russians, including Faberge (Kyakhta is a town located on the Kyakhta River near the Mongolia-Russia border. The town stands directly opposite the Mongolian border town of Altanbulag). A wonderful rarity, one of only five (!) recorded postal items from Kyachta
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$9,500.00

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Lot #2946
RUSSIA Russia Used in Asia
1879 (9 Jan) money letter from Gotopupovo (Tobolsk Province) to Odessa, postmarked straight-line "Gotopupovskaya Tob (9.1.79)", with Odessa (27.1) arrival. The letter contained 30 rubles to be transmitted to a Russian monastery on Mt. Athos in Greece. The postage was 45 kopecks (10 kopecks for weight, 30 kopecks for the 1% insurance fee, and 5 kopecks for the receipt), with mostly intact wax seal of the "Gotopupovskaya postal station for insured mail"
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$140.00

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Lot #2947
RUSSIA Russia Used in Asia
1883 (13 Dec) cover franked with 7k gray & rose, sent from Kars to Port-le-Grand, France, then forwarded to Paris. Postmarked in Kars (13.12.83 and 14.12), with Postal Wagon No. 71 (23.12, Kovel-Mlava rail line), Abbeville (7.1.84), and Paris (8.1) pmks on back. This is the earliest known mail from Kars, where postal operations began in late 1878 after Russia acquired Kars from Turkey. Kars reverted to Turkey in 1921. Sent to Fernand Hecquet d'Orval (1851-1911), a French cavalry officer (in May 1919 Kars came under the full administration of the Armenian Republic and became the capital of the Vanand province. In 1920, four Turkish divisions under the command of General Karabekir invaded the Armenian Republic, triggering the Turkish-Armenian War. Kars had been fortified to withstand a lengthy siege but was taken with little resistance by Turkish forces on 30 October 1920, in what has been called one of the worst military fiascoes in Armenian history. Armenia was forced to give back all the Ottoman territories granted to it in the Treaty of Sevres. After the Bolshevik advance into Armenia, the Treaty of Alexandropol was superseded by the Treaty of Kars (October 23, 1921), signed between Turkey and the Soviet Union)
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$450.00

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Lot #2948
RUSSIA Russia Used in Asia
1888 (16 Sep) FL from Tobolsk to the Yugansk native board in Surgut, with Tobolsk departure and Surgut (21 Sep) arrival pmks, bearing the seal (torn on opening) of the Tobolsk-Surgut circuit court. The letter reports that "a certain native was convicted of stealing four pounds of flour (worth 3 rubles, 84 kopecks) from another native in Surgut, and was sentenced to a month and a half in prison." This letter traveled by ship on the Ob and Irtysh Rivers
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$140.00

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Lot #2949
RUSSIA Russia Used in Asia
1888 (20 July) money letter sent from Temir-Khan-Shura in Dagestan to the Imperial Russian Consul General in Cairo, with Temir-Khan-Shura departure cds, sent via Odessa (28.7 and 29.7), and Volochisk (31.7). The letter contained 61 rubles to be transmitted to a resident of Dagestan who was then in Cairo. Postage was 59k (3x7k for weight, 31k for the 1/2% insurance fee rounded up, and 7k for registration). Routed via Austria, the required route for money letters addressed to Egypt. The sender was an interpreter in the administrative office of Dagestan Territory. A fascinating cover, with intact wax seals and clear markings on back
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$140.00

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Lot #2950
RUSSIA Russia Used in Asia
1891 (10 Aug) 4k stationery card sent from Pavlodar (Semipalatinsk Territory) to Paris, then forwarded to Zimmerwald, Switzerland, with clear Pavlodar departure, Moscow and Paris transits and Zimmerwald arrival pmks. The message reads "We left Omsk yesterday and are en route to Semipalatinsk, where we will arrive tomorrow night after a nonstop trip of 700 km" (Pavlodar is a city in northeastern Kazakhstan and the capital of Pavlodar Region)
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$140.00

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Lot #2951
RUSSIA Russia Used in Asia
1894 (28 May) registered cover franked with 20k carmine & blue on back, sent from "Osh" (Fergana) to Stockholm, by the explorer Sven Hedin to Carl Lewenhaupt, the Swedish foreign minister, with 26.6.94 arrival pmk. Sven Hedin was at that time in Kashgar in Chinese Turkestan and this cover was taken by courier from the Russian consulate in Kashgar to the nearest Russian post office in Osh, v.f. (perched in the mountains at the end of the Fergana Valley, on the border with Uzbekistan, Osh is one of the Silk Roads' oldest and most famous market towns. The city was occupied and annexed by the Russian Empire in 1876 when Russia overwhelmed the Central Asian khanates during the so-called "Great Game", the contest between Britain and Russia for dominance in Central Asia. This conquest was achieved and the inclusion to the Russian empire made by the mid 1880s)
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$2,400.00

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Lot #2952
RUSSIA Russia Used in Asia
1897 (21 Jan) registered money letter from Semipalatinsk to Horovice, Austria, canceled on departure in Semipalatinsk, with transit markings of Moscow (2.2 and 3.2), Granitsa (6.2 and 7.2), arriving Horovice (22.2). The (incorrect) postage initially assessed was 37 kopecks (20 kopecks for weight, 7 kopecks for insurance, and 10 kopecks for registration). The clerk changed the insurance fee to 3 kopecks, the correct rate for countries bordering Russia (today Semey, until 2007 known as Semipalatinsk and in 1917-20 as Alash-kala, is a city in East Kazakhstan Region, and in the Kazakhstan part of Siberia)
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$140.00

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Lot #2953
RUSSIA Russia Used in Asia
1899 (13 July) registered cover franked on back with 10k and 20k, tied by "Osh" cds, with rare provisional Registry label on front, sent by Sven Hedin to Stockholm, with Moscow transit and Stockholm (16.8.99) arrival pmks. Sven Hedin was in Chinese Turkestan and this cover was taken by courier to the nearest Russian post office in Osh for further transmission to Sweden, fine and rare
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$2,400.00

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Lot #2954
RUSSIA Russia Used in Asia
1900 (11 July) 3k stationery card uprated with 1k orange, sent from Bayan-Aul (Semipalatinsk Territory) to London, postmarked in BayanAul, with transit markings of Pavlodar (12.7) and Moscow (22.7 and 24.7), arriving in London on 9th August, 1900. A fine card, sent by Heyman Orkin (1872-1945), a Russian-born Englishman in the mining business. The message reads "Arrived today from Pavlodar and am leaving at once further south. I have still 90 miles to my place of destination. On my way I have visited many copper and silver mines and have already a very clear idea about ores and mining in this place. Everything speaks most favorably" (Bayanaul, Pavlodar Province is a village in Pavlodar Region, Kazakhstan)
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$140.00

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Lot #2955
RUSSIA Russia Used in Asia
1900 (17 Aug) money letter sent from Ust-Kamenogorsk to the Holy Synod in St. Petersburg, postmarked in Ust-Kamenogorsk, with St. Petersburg (30.8) arrival, intact wax seals, small corner cover repair. The postage was 17 kopecks (7 kopecks for weight, 3 kopecks for the 1/2% insurance fee rounded up and 7 kopecks for registration). The postmark should read "Semipalat. Ob." rather than "Semipalat G." (today Oskemen, Ust-Kamenogorsk is the administrative center of East Kazakhstan Region)
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$140.00

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Lot #2956
RUSSIA Russia Used in Asia
1901 (9 Nov) money letter (opened for display) sent from the "Loktinskoye volost administration" (Tobolsk Province) to Odessa, with Loktinsk, Yelansk, Omsk and Odessa pmks. The letter contained 3 rubles to be transmitted to the Russian monastery on Mt. Athos in Greece. Postage was 16k (7k for weight, 2k for the 1/2% insurance fee rounded up, and 7k for registration), intact wax seals and markings, impressive cover
Envelope
$140.00

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Lot #2957
RUSSIA Russia Used in Asia
1902 (9 Dec) registered legal-size cover (opened for display), franked on back with 8 each of 3k and 7k, sent from Kayagent station (Vladikavkaz-Baku rail line) to London, postmarked at "St. Kayagent", with red oval (29.12.02) London arrival datestamp. Postage was 80 kopecks (7x10k for weight and 10k for registration). This is the earliest known mail from Kayagent station, where postal operations began in October 1902. Sent to G. S. Howell, secretary of the board of directors of the Anglo-Russian Petroleum Co., which was drilling for oil near Kayagent
Envelope
$240.00

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Lot #2958
RUSSIA Russia Used in Asia
1915 (15 June) registered, home-made envelope from Kurgan, franked on back with 20k carmine & blue, sent to the governor of Tobolsk province, with arrival pmk. The cover contained a grievance submitted by a peasant from the village of Korobeinikova. With manuscript "Taken out of a mailbox by post and telegraph clerk Bazanov."
Envelope
$140.00

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