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Lot #911
RUSSIA Russia Used in Asia
1882 (27 Apr) 7k stationery entire envelope upfranked with 7k Imperial Arms (horizontally laid paper), registered from Kyakhta to Moscow, with three good departure strikes, single-ring "Kyakhta 27 Apr 1882" pmks, small intact wax seal and Moscow double-ring arrival (1 June 1882 on back (36 days in transit), fine usage (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)
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$2,400.00

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Lot #912
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 After the Bolshevik advance into Armenia, the Treaty of Alexandropol was superseded by the Treaty of Kars (October 23, 1921), signed between Turkey and the Soviet Union)
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$230.00

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Lot #913
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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$95.00

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Lot #914
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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$95.00

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Lot #915
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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$95.00

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Lot #916
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
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$90.00

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