1865-67 2pi Blue and rose two with good margins (1 marginal) tied to 1865 envelope (missing flap) addressed to Tripoli by blue cachet with inscription in French: COMPAGNIE RUSSE/DE NAVIGATION SMYRNE 1865 MAI 1. This canceller is believed to have been taken on board ships arriving at the Aegean port of Smyrna by ROPiT agent to cancel mail found in their letter-boxes. Very fine exhibition item. Ex Fabergé
Original of illustration in Tchilinghirian & Stephen “Russia used Abroad”, 1958, p.130, fig. 150.
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