Newfoundland 1927 (May 20) flown cover from St Johns to Italy, SG163, franked by 1927 (18 May) 60c black, type 87 'Air Mail/DE PINEDO/1927' opt in red (plated as pos. 39 of the setting of 50), tied by matching cancel, with Trepassey (MY 21 27) circular datestamp alongside. "ROMA/CETRO' (22 VI 27) machine backstamps.
A fine example of this classic Airmail rarity. Only 300 were printed, of which 230 were used on correspondence.
Accompanied with certificates of authenticity form the British Philatelic Association (2013) and Friedl (1980).
Unitrade C4, catalogue price is $30,000 on cover.
[NB This flight caused considerable excitement, as there had been an interval of four years since any flights had been made via Newfoundland, after the frenetic 1919-23 period. The stamps were overprinted while De Pinedo was still in New Brunswick, en route back to Italy as part of his pioneering 'round the Atlantic' flight in his flying boat 'Santa Maria II', via Cape Verde and South America. He landed at Trepassay on May 20th taking off again with the special mail on the 23rd, but had to ditch in the sea 200 miles west of the Azores. The flight resumed in June after repairs, via Lisbon and Barcelona, and finally arrived at Ostia on June 16th].
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