Rare stamps of Europe led by the great Greek 'Solferino' at Cherrystone Auctions


2015-06-26 12:39:49


Rare stamps of Europe led by the great Greek 'Solferino' at Cherrystone Auctions

A Greek 'Solferino' and the German 'Vinetta' are two of Europe's rare stamps offered this week

Cherrystone's auction this week (December 7-8) includes a truly spectacular variety of rare stamps with highly regardedexamples hailing from just about everywhere.

We've already mentioned errors from China, America and the British Commonwealth, but so far we've neglected Europe. Yet as Cherrystone's own Josh Buchsbayow told us:

"The Santa Fe Collection represents a lifelong accumulation of worldwide rarities [...] There are countless otherrarities included in the collection, such as the famous 'Solferino' of Greece and two Vineta Provisionals from Germany.

The 1871-72 40L lilac rose on greenish paper, known as the 'Solferino' is indeed available. It is in used condition, with three large margins, uneven to just touching at upper left.The stamp is fresh, showsexcellent colour, andis signed byPeter Holcombe, with his 1988 certificate ("the stamp has an extremely fine and fresh colour and is without defects").

The unobtrusive cancel dates to 12 July 71 in Piraeus. It is one of the finest of the very few known copies of the most popular and rare stamps of Greece.

Solferino stampHigh-flying - the Solferino stamp

This is a trulylegendary stamp, of which only 13 have been recorded (of these, one is on piece, another on cover. Two are in sound condition, while all others have varying degrees of faults).

Once a part of the Herbert Bloch collection, the Solferino got its name after the infamous battle, where it was rumoured that the blood on the dead soldiers uniforms had this particular colour. It is expected to sell for up to $30,000.

German Vinetta coverAll ship-shape: The German Vinetta double-use

There are two covers sporting the 'Vinetta'. The provisional was used aboard the Vineta for sailors who wished to send newspapers documenting the Kaiser's birthday back home to Germany. The more expensive of the two has a double-use of the split stamp.

This example of the 1901 use shows a 3pf surcharge on theleft half of the 5pf green. Thetwo copies aretied by a single "Kais. Deutsche Marine Schiffspost No.1 17/4/01" postmark on a picture postcard (showing native huts) from Pernambuco, Brazil to Stuttgart, with an arrival postmark at the lower left.

It is invery fine condition, and arare example of a double 'Vineta' actually used from Pernambuco rather than the ship. It is expected to sell for around $10,000.

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