By Michael Baadke
Heinrich Koehler Stamp Auction House in Wiesbaden, Germany (west of Frankfurt), will offer its 365th auction over the course of six days: Sept. 25-30.
The material on offer is presented in nine catalogs that can be viewed online, with online bidding options available.
The main catalog includes the Philip Mackey collection of Franco-Prussian War 1870-71, Part II of the Esmer collection of Ottoman Empire, the Gerold Mus collection of postcards and postal stationery, the Phil Parker collection of German East Africa, the Frank-Michael Wiegand collection of rural mail in Schleswig-Holstein and Lauenburg; plus additional worldwide stamps and covers.
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Several catalogs focus on Germany and related areas, including 741 lots from the Ludwig Trippen collection of Germany from 1849; material from the Sudetenland, Luebeck, and Bavaria, respectively; and stamp booklets and se-tenant stamps of the German Empire.
Another catalog presents Sweden with postal history and postage due mail from the Kersti and Bertil I. Larson collections, and opens with a dazzling selection of pre-stamp mail from the 17th century and later.
Postal history is again showcased Saturday with the Ervian collection of Ballon Monte covers posted by manned balloons during the 1870-71 Siege of Paris.
Among these is a cover from Paris to Yokohama, Japan, mailed with the 1867 80-centime rose Emperor Napoleon III stamp, which is tied by a star cancel.
The cover front is also struck with a “PARIS R. DES Vlles Hdrttes” postmark dated Oct. 25, 1870; the envelope also bears a Nov. 2 Marseille transit mark and a Dec. 25 Yokohama arrival mark.
The envelope has imperfections improved at right, according to the auction description, “otherwise fine and attractive,” and a rare destination for Ballon Monte mail. With a 2006 Roger Calves certificate, the cover is listed by Koehler with a starting bid of €10,000 (approximately $12,025 in early September).
Visit the Heinrich Koehler website for additional information about the auction and online bidding options, or contact Heinrich Koehler Stamp Auction House GmbH & Co. KG, Wilhelmstrasse 48, 65183 Wiesbaden, Germany.