Classic Philatelic Items from Nepal to be Auctioned

2019-04-19 Fri

H.R. Harmer will be auctioning some classic philatelic items of Nepal from the Richard Frajola collection on 30th April at Embassy Suites by Hilton Irvine, Orange County Airport, Calif. The material covers a date-range from first-period printings issued between 1881 and 85 to the telegraphic period between 1917 and 30.

One of the highlights is a small letter from 1868 with an Indian ½-anna blue stamp issued in 1855 featuring Queen Victoria. The stamp is tied with a “NEPAUL 137” duplex cancel. A boxed cancel reads “TOO LATE” on the back and suggests that the letter missed the daily mail from Kathmandu. The item belongs to the British post office in Nepal and is being offered at a starting bid of $100.

Another interesting offering is a double-weight registered cover to Kathmandu with a paper pouch inside. It’s the only example of a cover with Nepal’s 2-anna purple stamp with pin perforations, and the only example of a cover with multiple first printing stamps of Nepal. The cover is franked with three 2a stamps and an imperforate 1a blue stamp, paying a 7a fee for postage and registry. It was a part of Gupta collection and Armand E. Singer collection earlier. This rare item is being offered at a starting bid of $20,000.

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