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General Philatelic/Identify This? : Another Baffler: Austrian or Germanic or ??

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stampbaby
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27 Jul 2020
10:44:38am

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In all my many, many, years of collecting, I have never before come across this very old and very beautiful stamp. It is MNH (full gum), and has Image Not Foundnear perfect centering. I am unable to catalogue the stamp after intense effort. Any help will be hugely appreciated.

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nigelc
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27 Jul 2020
11:44:47am
re: Another Baffler: Austrian or Germanic or ??

That's a lovely stamp stampbaby!

I've never seen one of these before.

It's an 1872 revenue from the small German state of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen in Thuringia and is listed in the old Forbin catalogue.

This was a principality so I guess the "F." in the title is for F├╝rstentum = principality.

It looks in great condition. Happy

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stampbaby
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27 Jul 2020
02:57:44pm

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re: Another Baffler: Austrian or Germanic or ??

Thank you NigelC for your input. I will try to locate a Forbin Catalogue.

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nigelc
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27 Jul 2020
04:25:35pm
re: Another Baffler: Austrian or Germanic or ??

Hi stampbaby,

I find Forbin very useful as it covers revenues from the whole world but the last edition was way back in 1915.

I use an online version for a small one-off subscription I paid years ago but I believe it's also available for free elsewhere.

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jillcrow
28 Jul 2020
02:57:31am
re: Another Baffler: Austrian or Germanic or ??

Forbin for free:

https://archive.org/details/ForbinFiscals1915

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jmh67
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28 Jul 2020
03:10:14am
re: Another Baffler: Austrian or Germanic or ??

Wow! Schwarzburg-Sondershausen was one of the smallest states that made up Germany at that time. It's amazing how they clung to their sovereignty and issued their own revenue stamps, but had their mails operated by either Thurn and Taxis (in this case) or one of the bigger states. Perhaps an early example of outsourcing ;-)

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musicman
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28 Jul 2020
07:41:34am

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re: Another Baffler: Austrian or Germanic or ??

Beautiful obscure revenue...thanks for posting it.


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Greaden
28 Jul 2020
08:51:30am
re: Another Baffler: Austrian or Germanic or ??

Schwartzburg-Sondershausen was one of numerous tiny countries in Thuringia.

The capital used stamps of Prussia, but its exclaves used Thurn and Taxis.

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