The Samovar

single usage on covers

alqabandi - 8/20/2017 at 10:10

Dear members ...

i have been looking into the internet for a while now for any postal item with single franking of the following coat of arms stamps from the imperial period ( 3.5 R - 5 R - 7 R - 10 R ) both with watermarked paper and non watermarked but so far i haven't seen any such item ... so if any member own such item i will appreciate if he can share it here ...

looking forward for your replies :-)

with best regards ...

Single frankings

David Jay - 10/1/2017 at 20:57

It is hard to find such single-frank items for high values, in either the imperial or Soviet period. The inflation period
has many Ruble frankings, but most are multiple frankings. Finding these in my collection is a bit tricky, in that it is mostly arranged by geographic area and topic (e.g., postage due, RR, St Petersburg RR, etc.) not stamp number. I've attached one image that I found -- a 7.5 R VLP on a money order, sent from Vladivostok to Moskva. Two other points:

1) The ultimate find in this game would be a Sc #39 or 40 (the 3.5 and 7 R without posthorns). These were mostly put on parcel forms that were destroyed, and many used examples are fairly rough. So far as I know, there are no examples on a form or cover, except late philatelic uses that don't count (in my book). I have a #40 used in the correct time period on a small piece of what looks to have been a fabric envelope (for a money sending perhaps), but the piece is not much larger than the stamp.
2) The arms Ruble values are as hard to find in single usages as the Romanov 2-5R, but do not command the same prices.

7pt5R_Franking_smaller.jpg - 348kB

Maxime Citerne - 10/3/2017 at 13:58

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IvoSteijn - 10/3/2017 at 23:48

Can you explain the rate on that money order? I may have a suspicious nature but I'm wondering if that 7R stamp was added later.

howard - 10/4/2017 at 14:41

According to Kaminskii's article on rates, which was published in Soviet Collector (1984), as of 15 Aug. 1917, the fee for transmitting 600 rubles was 3 rubles plus a surcharge for telegraphic transmission of 4 rubles, totaling 7 rubles. So the value of the stamp in this case is accurate.

IvoSteijn - 10/4/2017 at 19:46

Nice! Thanks, Howard.

David Jay - 10/14/2017 at 01:07

Thank you Howard. All I could say is that there is no evidence that anything is amiss.