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This website is designed to show interesting or colourful covers of the whole world. We try to add about 25 to 30 new items each week. Many countries are included but there is particular strength in GB, the French Group & the German Group, as well as world-wide Wartime Censorship in WW1 & WW2, Postage Dues, Mis-routed mail, Special Services and Airmails. Please note items marked with a reference number BPS-xxx are auction lots for viewing only in a Bradford postal auction, not for immediate sale.

Items in category Italy & States, most recent first.
Italy to France 1843
Italy to France 1843
Entire from Brescia to Lyon, 10 March 1843; red h/s Brescia 10 Mar; red h/s 'Franca'; red h/s TS1 (transit Sarde rayon 1); red h/s LI– (littera Italiana); m/s rate mark 10 décimes; b/s Lyon 14 March 1843 & m/s rate mark 9

Reference: S933
£18.00

Italy to France 1839
Italy to France 1839
Entire from Milan, 12 December 1839 to Lyon; h/s in red 'Milano/Dicembre 12'; h/s in red 'Franca'; h/s in red 'T.S.1' (transit Sarde rayon 1); h/s in red LI (lettera Italiana); m/s charge mark 15 décimes; French cachet d˘entrée SARD 2 Pont de B 2 16 December 1839; b/s Lyon 16 December and rate marks

Reference: S932
£18.00

Austrian Italy 1856
Austrian Italy 1856
Entire cancelled Bologna 11 January 1856 small s/r cds; m/s charge mark 6 (amount due to Austria in lira); red h/s 'D.A.d.L'; Austrian Italy currency notation, with m/s '4'; b/s small boxed red 'Arrivo Genova' 13 Jan 1856

Reference: S914
£25.00

Italy airmail to Peru, 1940
Italy airmail to Peru, 1940
Italy small definitives 10 lire, 1.25, 75c, and 2 x 50c for a total rate of 13 lire, on an airmail envelope with bilingual 'Par Avion' h/s & '3' in circle; cancelled 'MILANO C.CORRISP.E PACCHI/POSTA AEREA' to Lima, Peru 14 February 1940; with Peruvian censor on reverse 'El Censo Hara Conocer la Realidad Peruana'

Reference: S890
£20.00

GB 6d rate to Italy 1871
GB 6d rate to Italy 1871
6d surface printed issue (SG 109) cancelled London duplex 103; to Messina, 8 February 1871; plate 8 no hyphen; red oval PD; no clear b/s; this is after the Siege of Paris so the cheaper rate via France was used (cf No S862)

Reference: S863
£35.00

Italy Express Mail 1948
Italy Express Mail 1948
4 x 10 lire small definitive + 50 lire pictorial; cancelled d/r bridged bilingual cds (railway d/s) BOZENI BAHNPOST AMT; from Bolzano to Lucerne, 19 January 1948; boxed red trilingual express h/s; b/s AMB BRENERO VERONA 210, 19.1.1948, MEGGEN (LUZERN) 20.1.48

Reference: S827
£20.00

Italy registered express 1921
Italy registered express 1921
50c portrait issue + 30c express stamp cancelled d/r cds Napoli 3 ACCETT. RACCOM. 23 February 1921 to Lyon; violet h/s RACCOMANDATA; b/s Lyon 25 Feb 1921 (faint strike)

Reference: S826
£15.00

Italy to Dalmatia, 1942 censored
Italy to Dalmatia, 1942 censored
Italy to Dalmatia, 1942 censored
1 lire and 1.75 definitives cancelled PADOVA CORRISP. PACCHI; to Split, Dalmatia, 20 June 1942, registered 'Via Aerea'; censor's tape Verificato per Censura' tied on reverse with d/r cds 24 June 1942 'Restituita....Comm. Prov. Cens. Spalato'; b/s 'Ancona Centro...' 22 June, 'Spalato Poste (Dalmazia)' 24 June 1942; a striking combination

Reference: S809
£25.00

Italy Transatlantic Clipper 1945 censored
Italy Transatlantic Clipper 1945 censored
Italy Transatlantic Clipper 1945 censored
2 lire 1930 air stamp (SG 275) + 2 lire definitive issued August 1945 (SG 638) on airmail envelope inscribed m/s "via Transatlantic Clipper", from Rome to New York, 4 September 1945; Italian censor tape "Censura Verificato"; British censor tape "Opened by Examiner 4331"; incomplete Italian cachet on reverse; airmail envelope illustrated inside; faults to envelope

Reference: S760
£18.00

Italy registered letter, 1932
Italy registered letter, 1932
Dante issue 25c + 2 x 1.25 (SG 317, 321) on envelope with registered label and h/s RACCOMANDATA; from Rome to Birmingham, 27 August 1932; b/s ROMA FERROVIA RACCOMANDATEO; a 'Wilson' cover from the well-known dealer Diena

Reference: S759
£15.00

GB 2˝d PS Envelope from Brindisi, via Paquebot 1895
GB 2˝d PS Envelope from Brindisi, via Paquebot 1895
GB 2˝d PS envelope cancelled with fine Brindisi squared circle d/s, 29 October 1895, to Guernsey; h/s PAQUEBOTS; b/s Guernsey 31 October 1895

Reference: S750
£50.00

Italy registered envelope 1932
Italy registered envelope 1932
Italy 20c + 25c Dante Aligheri commemoratives (SG 316, 320) + 2 lire 55 small definitive; from Genova to Birmingham, 18 March 1932; cancelled "Genova II/Via Assarotti"; with Genova registration label; b/s Genova-Ferrovia-Raccomandate 18 March 1932; a 'Wilson' cover

Reference: S746
£27.00

Italy Hotel Envelope 1915
Italy Hotel Envelope 1915
Patriotic illustrated hotel envelope with 5 x 25c Victor Emmanuel definitives (SG 77), registered; from Palermo to Lucerne 15 August 1915; h/s 'Bologna Posta Estera'; b/s Bologna Posta Estera 15.8.15 & arrival cds d/r bridged Luzern 18 Aug 15.rn

Reference: S745
£25.00

Italy, 5 x 25 cents cancelled Altamura 1928
Italy, 5 x 25 cents cancelled Altamura 1928
Italy 5 x 25c Victor Emmanuel on official envelope of the Commune di Altamura, to Paris, 28 January 1928; cancelled ALTAMURA bridged d/r cds with large cachet of the town 'Municipio di Altamura', on the front & on the reverse

Reference: S734
£21.00

Italy Express Stamps on envelope to France 1921
Italy Express Stamps on envelope to France 1921
4 x 30c EXPRESS stamp + 4 x 15c portrait issue, 1 lire 80c rate, cancelled d/r cds to Lyon 8 June 1921; b/s Lyon 10 June 1921, colourful franking

Reference: S733
£20.00

Italy registered express envelope to Berne, 1947
Italy registered express envelope to Berne, 1947
Definitve issue 3 x 5 lire + 5 x 10 lire for a 65 lire registered express rate, to Berne, cancelled GENOVA No. 14 d/r bridged cds 14 July 1947; black on pale plue ESPRESSO label + red Swiss tri-lingual Express h/s; b/s Milan 15 July & Bern-Hindelbank 16 July 1947; small faults to envelope

Reference: S732
£22.00

Italy Express letter to Switzerland multifranking 1946
Italy Express letter to Switzerland multifranking 1946
Italy Express letter to Switzerland multifranking 1946
Small definitives 1 lira, 2 lire (fault) & on reverse block 21 x 2 lire, for a 45 lire rate, all cancelled with bridged d/r cds MONTEREGGIO/MASSA CARRARA; to Olten Switzerland, 30 October 1946; m/s 'EXPRES', pink Express label, h/s 'ESPRESSO'; transit d/r PARMA 31 October (2 different); a spectacular franking.

Reference: S731
£40.00

Italy Corsini Correspondence 1624Italy Corsini Correspondence 1624Italy Corsini Correspondence 1624
Complete folded entire with clearly written text (possibly in Florentine Italian), Siena to Florence May 1624; possible m/s rate mark '5'; from the Corsini correspondence

Reference: S719
£50.00

Italy Venturini Correspondence 1690Italy Venturini Correspondence 1690Italy Venturini Correspondence 1690
Complete folded entire with neatly written text (possibly in Venetian Italian?), Venice to Livorno 20 May 1690; m/s rate mark '34'; part of the Venturini correspondence,

Reference: S718
£45.00

French Occupation of Rome, 1813French Occupation of Rome, 1813French Occupation of Rome, 1813
19 July 1813, entire, with text in Italian, from the Département Conquis 116 in Rome (VF strike) to Prince Tommaso Corsini in Florence; m/s rate mark 8 décimes; on reverse h/s "23 JUILLET"

Reference: S664
£25.00

Italy to Zambia, Postage Due, 1971Italy to Zambia, Postage Due, 1971
50 lire pictorial (SG 1264) & 100 lire Coin of Syracuse (SG 1216) on airmail envelope, Jesolo to Lusaka, Zambia 17 August 1971, cancelled 30017 Lido di Jesolo, underfranked; handstamp T & manuscript calculations of postage; Zambia pictorial used as postage due; b/s Lusaka, 24 August 1971; an unusual postage due useage

Reference: S652
£20.00

French-Italian Political Postcard, 1903
French-Italian Political Postcard, 1903
French-Italian Political Postcard, 1903
5c Type Blanc on political satire PPC with h/s IMPRIMÉS & sender's cachet from Surenses, to Southport 24 November 1903. The postcard reflects the Franco-Italian rivalry during the height of the Dreyfus affair with French president Émile Loubet chasing Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Zanardelli around a "wall of death" as the wrongly disgraced Dreyfus looks on: with heraldic vignettes of France & Italy and a title 'Le Circle de la Vie' A rare card featuring politics, anti-Semitism & the new fangled bicycles

Reference: S636
£90.00

Italy Registered Postcard with Postage Due, 1900
Italy Registered Postcard with Postage Due, 1900
Italy Registered Postcard with Postage Due, 1900
Italy 10c & 25c Humbert I issues on PPC from Savona to Paris; cancelled Savona (Genova) squared circle 8 January 1900; large R registration h/s with m/s '573'; m/s 'Absent net 1c (?)" & a small Paris postman's cachet 70/2 in blue oval endorsing the manuscript; a rare use of registration on a postcard; with small faults

Reference: S635
£25.00

Italy, Florence to Holland 1940
Italy, Florence to Holland 1940
Italy Railway Centenary issue 1939 2 x 20c, 2 x 50c, 1 lira 25 (SG 550-2) + 10c definitive (SG 241), Firenze to Katwijk aan Zee, Holland; 2 lire 75 registered rate early in WW2, unclear b/s; with original clear letter re stamp dealing; attractive (and railway theme)

Reference: S625
£15.00

Italy registered Monza to Lucerne 1915
Italy registered Monza to Lucerne 1915
Italy registered Monza to Lucerne 1915
5 August 1915 Monza/Milano to Lucerne; Victor Emmanuel 5 x 15c + 40c cancelled Monza/Milano; MS 'Stampati / Azzicurati per L40', to the stamp dealer Bela Szekula (Villa Filatelica); various b/s 6-8 August & Luzern 9 Aug 2015

Reference: S597
£22.00