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Tuesday, 15 December 2020 05:37

175th Anniversary of the Basel Dove

The Basel Dove celebrated its 175th anniversary on July 1st this year. An exhibition in Basel planned to celebrate this momentous occasion in Swiss and indeed World philately earlier this month, but unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the developing Covid-19 situation in Switzerland. It was momentous not just because Basel was only the fifth postal authority in the world to produce a stamp for pre-paid postage, but also because it was the first tri-coloured stamp and the first embossed stamp in the world. An amazing technical achievement at the time, and as far as I’m aware, the only tri-coloured stamp issued in the 19th Century.

At the time, each canton (a member state of the Swiss Confederation, such as Basel, Geneva, Zurich, etc.) was responsible for its own postal service. And on 21st January 1843, a special three-man commission was appointed to consider and report on a motion concerning “etiquettes-franco” for the town post and the improvement of the postal distribution. Ten day later, the commission reported that, based on the English model, the use of letter boxes for local messages would be greatly facilitated by the prior sale of stamps. They even provided details for a design very similar to that eventually adopted. But it wasn’t until 11 months later that the subject was deliberated by the Postal Commission and a recommendation formally made for the introduction of 1 kreuzer (2 1/2 rappen) stamp for letters weighing up to 1 lot (15.5g).

The stamp was designed by the architect Melchior Berri, and features a white dove embossed on a field of red and carrying a letter in its beak, with Bishop’s crosier turned to the left at top (the Basel Coat of Arms). Berri also designed the decorative letterboxes for the city which show the same image and several of which are still in use.

The design was engraved in copper and was relief (letterpress) printed by H.B. Krebs of Frankfurt on thick yellowish-white wove paper in sheets of 40 (5 rows of 8 stamps). There were two printings, the first in 1845 of 522 sheets and the second in 1847 of 515 sheets; a total of 41’480 stamps. Although it is not known how many were sold.

The Basel Dove exists with the central shield in brick-red and the network in the spandrels printed in green instead of blue. Such examples come from a proof sheet. Their status is known because a multiple exists bearing a manuscript notation by Melchior Berri, to the effect that they were tokens of the stamps introduced on 1st July 1945 and ordered by him and received from Krebs in Frankfurt on Main. The example illustrated above is lot 30036 in our December 2020 auction series.

In the announcement in the “Allgemeines Itelligenzblatt der Stadt Basel” the day before the issue on 30th June 1845, it was stated that they must be placed at the upper left corner and on the address side. Most covers in existence follow this rule but many covers can be found with the stamp placed in the other corners and sometimes even at an angle, sideways or upside down! The example above was placed according to the regulations, and is lot 30035 in our upcoming December 2020 auction series.

A range of cancels are known on the Basel Dove stamps, some of which are very rare. These include Basel double-circle ds, “PP”, “PD”, “L B / P h” (very rare) and “FRANCO” handstamps, as well as barred diamond obliterators. One example of the “FRANCO” hs has a double-lined frame in black and the example illustrated adjacent is lot 30031 in our upcoming December 2020 auction series. It’s a rare example.

Somehow, the Basel Dove failed to catch the imagination of the public at the time, although it is certainly appreciated by collectors today. It was valid for use until 30 September 1854, even after the establishment of a countrywide postal service on 1st January 1849 and the first Federal stamps in July 1850.

Our December 2020 auction series features over 250 lots of Switzerland. The descriptions are in German, but if anyone who’s interested in collecting Swiss stamps would like English translations are more information about the stamps on offer then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Source: https://www.davidfeldman.com/2020/11/175th-anniversary-of-the-basel-dove/

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Sunday, 22 November 2020 04:58

Slovakia and Swiss stamps celebrate stamp art

Slovakia highlights the work of artist and stamp designer Vladimir Machaj on its Stamp Day commemorative to be issued Dec. 4. Details of some of his designs are shown on the stamp and the se-tenant label.

Slovakia will salute Postage Stamp Day and stamp designer Vladimir Machaj on an €0.80 stamp to be issued Dec. 4.

Machaj (1929-2016) also is known for his book illustrations.

In the design of the Postage Stamp Day commemorative, Machaj is surrounded by some of his stamp work. Most prominent are the two wild cats on the se-tenant label, which were the basis for his design for a stamp in the 2003 World Wildlife Fund souvenir sheet (Scott 434c).

Parts of his designs for the 2005 and 2006 Easter stamps (Scott 474 and 496, respectively) and a Strawberry stamp issued in 2000 (363b) are pictured to the left of Machaj’s portrait on the stamp,


Switzerland’s new Stamp Day semipostal features a dove carrying a letter in its beak.

Swiss Post reports that this stamp design commemorates and updates one of the world’s most famous stamps, the Basel Dove (Switzerland Scott 3L1) issued 175 years ago in 1845.

Architect Melchior Berry designed the 1845 stamp, which also shows a dove with a letter. The design for the 100-centime+50c semipostal was created by Susanne Krieg, and the stamp was issued Nov. 5 in panes of eight.

Source: linns.com

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020 06:01

New Stamps from Switzerland

Geneva International Airport was officially inaugurated in 1922 with the first international air route of Geneva–Dubendorf–Nuremberg. But its history began in 1920, when the Canton of Geneva decided to acquire a suitable plot of land between Cointrin and Meyrin.

The airport’s importance increased rapidly. The wooden hangars were soon replaced by steel buildings, and by 1937 Geneva had the first concrete runway in Switzerland. In 1946, it was part of the first intercontinental air route, which flew from New York to Cairo via Geneva and Rome. By the end of the 1940s, Geneva was not only Switzerland’s leading airport for freight transport, but also the country’s number one in terms of passenger numbers.With over 100 European and more than 20 intercontinental destinations, the airport is now the undisputed number two in Switzerland.

Issue Date:07.05.2020 Designer:Jenny Leibundgut, Berne Printer:Cartor Security Printing, La Loupe, France Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours Size:Stamps: 33 × 28 mm

Society for the History of Swiss Art

The Society for the History of Swiss Art aims to raise public awareness of Switzerland’s centuries-old architectural culture and to conserve it for the future. It has been performing this service for 140 years – and increasingly in digitized form.Through its work, the Society for the History of Swiss Art, which was founded in 1880, makes an important contribution to the understanding of Switzerland’s diverse heritage.One of its major achievements is the “Kunstdenkmäler der Schweiz” (Switzerland’s monuments of art and history) collection, a fundamental reference work on Swiss architectural culture, art and history. The book series has expanded to 139 volumes in the 92 years since its launch. The Society for the History of Swiss Art is now making the entire series available free of charge in a digital database.

Issue Date:07.05.2020 Designer:Beat Kehrli, Meiringen Printer:Gutenberg AG, Schaan, Liechtenstein Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours Size:Stamps: 40×32.5 mm

100 Years of Florist.ch

The Swiss Florists’ Association, which was renamed florist.ch on 1 January 2020, is celebrating its centenary this year. A special stamp fittingly depicting this splendid craft is being issued to mark the anniversary.Since 1920, the Swiss Florists’ Association, a not-for-profit organization, has ensured that the Swiss flower industry flourishes (an apt word to use). Originally purely an employer organization, it has since developed into an industry association: employed florists are now also eligible to join as professional members.The bouquet of flowers depicted on the special stamp alludes stylistically to the still-life genre of painting.

Issue Date:07.05.2020 Designer:Anita Dettwiler and Dani Pelagatti, Zurich Printer:Joh. Enschedé, Haarlem, Netherlands Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours Size:Stamps: 33 × 28 mm

Source: philamirror.com

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