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  • A magnificent mint block of 12 Penny Blacks
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    A magnificent mint block of 12 Penny Blacks

    £675,000.00

    Penny Black mint block of 12

    For Sale: £675,000

    • A mint block of 12 1840 1d. Penny Blacks from Plate 3
    • Largest known multiple from Plat
    • e 3 in private hands
    • Accompanied by a 2012 British Philatelic Association (BPA) certificate
    • Provenance from the esteemed Chartwell Collection

    One of the crown jewels of Great Britain philately.

    1840 1d Black Pl.3. The magnificent unused original gum, bottom marginal block of twelve. Lettered SD-TI, with full deckle edge selvedge and sheet inscription.

     

    Vertical creasing in "D" and "I" columns does not detract from this being one of the great mint multiples of this issue - the largest surviving multiple of this rare plate in private hands. Showing four good margins, with rare full selvedge and sheet inscription.

     

    A magnificent showpiece accompanied by a 2012 British Philatelic Association Certificate of Authenticity. Provenance from the prestigious Chartwell Collection.

    This is an extremely rare opportunity to own a sizable, mint condition multiple from the original stamp issue, which continues to be one of the most widely collected in the world,.

    Plate 3

    Plate 3 was the first to be hardened before being put into press, resulting in stamps that were notably stable in printing, even in colour and showing the deepest shades of black.

    Providing some of the finest stamps of the issue, it soon became worn and was the first plate of the issue to be destroyed. As such, good quality stamps from this plate are a rarity.

     

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  • Antigua 1938 1s black and red brown (Unused) SG105ab
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    Antigua 1938 1s black and red brown (Unused) SG105ab

    £4,250.00

    Antigua 1938 1s black and red brown (Unused) SG105ab

     

    For Sale: £4,250

     

    1938-51 1s black and red-brown, FRAME PRINTED DOUBLE, ONE ALBINO, brilliant original gum.

    The albino impression is 2mm above and 4mm to left of the printed frame, and readily visible in the top margin.

    A major KGVI rarity, of which only a few examples are recorded.

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item.

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  • Ceylon 1912-35 1000r purple/red, opt 'SPECIMEN' (type D16)
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    Ceylon 1912-35 1000r purple/red, opt 'SPECIMEN' (type D16)

    £3,950.00

    Ceylon 1912-35 1000r purple/red, opt 'SPECIMEN' (type D16)

     

    For Sale: £3,950

     

    1912-35 1000r purple/red, opt 'SPECIMEN' (type D16) for UPU distribution, HORIZONTAL STRIP OF THREE (the largest possible multiple).

    Tied to ledger piece from the Madagascar archive by two light strikes of the large red 'POSTES ET TELEGRAPHES/COLLECTION DE BERNE/MADAGASCAR' circular receiving H/S.

    One shortish perforation but a unique and magnificent item.

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item.

     

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  • Ceylon 1921-32 Script wmk 100r grey-black (SG359he)
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    Ceylon 1921-32 Script wmk 100r grey-black (SG359he)

    £3,950.00

    Ceylon 1921-32 Script wmk 100r grey-black (SG359he)

     

    For Sale: £3,950

     

    1921-32 Script watermark 100r grey-black, variety 'Break in lines below left scroll' (R4/9).

    Well-centred with lovely fresh colour, original gum, the odd shortish perforation, still very fine, and a particularly prominent example of this variety.

    Very rare. Accompanied by a Sismondo Certificate of Authenticity (2011) incorrectly describes the shade as 'brownish grey', but gives the correct SG number.

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item with a Catalogue value of £4,500.

     

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  • Cyprus 1925 Duty Die Proofs SG120, 122
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    Cyprus 1925 Duty Die Proofs SG120, 122

    £3,750.00

    Cyprus 1925 Duty Die Proofs SG120, 122

     

    For Sale: £3,750

     

    1925 (24 Aug to 2 Sep) duty die proofs for the new 1½pi and 2½pi plates (each with HORIZONTAL fraction bar), the unique and remarkably full documentation comprising three proofs of each value in different forms.

    The first pair are cut down (27-28 x 33-5mm) and affixed to separate cards (70 x 85mm) with matching M/S endorsements ('Cyprus Req 3947/1' at upper right, dated '28.8.25' at lower right, with 'appd/J Stanford/26/8' above).

    The second pair are stamp-size, and affixed to day book piece with M/S endorsements 'Aug 31st/120' and 'Sep 2nd/120' above, indicating date of striking the 120 leads for each plate. The third pair are matching 92x60mm cards, with 'AFTER/STRIKING' handstamped at lower right.

    An extraordinary assembly which could not be replicated, the first pair of a character not otherwise recorded for Cyprus, the day book piece ex RL Zurich 23/3/76, lot 209 (part).

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item.

     

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  • Great Britain 1840 2d Mulready envelope SGME4,2
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    Great Britain 1840 2d Mulready envelope SGME4,2

    £125,000.00

    Great Britain 1840 22 Mulready envelope SGME4,2

    For Sale: £125,000

    1840 2d Mulready Envelope (Forme 1, Stereo a202).

    Very fine used example uprated to the 6d per 3oz rate with four additional 1d blacks from plate 8 lettered QA, SE, SG & SJ (SE & SG State 2 provisional printing) all neatly cancelled by crisp black Maltese Crosses.

    Sent from London to Dulwich with a "T.P./Cheif Office" handstamp and circulare date stamp on reverse for AU.19.1841.

    Some soiling nevertheless a spectacular uprated franking, one of only two recorded 6d frankings prepaid with four additional 1d blacks.

    Ex Yates & "Mayflower" Collections. Accompanied by a 1996 British Philatelic Association Certificate of Authenticity.

    One of the great rarities of Great Britain Philately.

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item.

    Read the full history of this unique Mulready here: Full History.

     

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  • Great Britain SG266a Tyrian Plum Postage Stamp
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    Great Britain SG266a Tyrian Plum Postage Stamp

    £85,000.00

    Great Britain SG266a Tyrian Plum Postage Stamp

    For Sale: £85,000.00

    • Excellent condition example of the Edward VII 2d. Tyrian Plum, one of Britain's most famous stamps
    • Among the finest of only 12 known examples
    • accompanied by a 1961 British Philatelic Association Certificate of Authenticity

    The 2d Tyrian Plum is one of the most celebrated postage stamps of Great Britain, and a key addition any rare stamp investment portfolio or exhibition-quality collection.

    Issued in May 1910, the stamp arose because of a desire to economise on the costs of stamp production. As a result, all stamps were issued in one colour to reduce ink costs.
    A new 2d stamp, printed in the Tyrian Plum shade and bearing the portrait of King Edward VII, had been agreed and was in the process of being printed.
    One hundred thousand sheets, totaling 24,000,000 stamps, were delivered to the post office stores for distribution to Postmasters.
    However, following the death of Edward VII on 6 May 1910, it was decided not to go ahead with the new stamp and almost all the stock was destroyed.
    To this day only a few examples survive in private hands, making this stamp one of the great rarities of British philately.

    The example offered here is accompanied by a 1961 British Philatelic Association Certificate of Authenticity stating that the stamp is genuine. The stamp has a light gum bend on the reverse, not mentioned on the certificate.
    Rarity
    There are believed to be 12 known examples.
    Only one example is known in 'used' condition. This is postmarked 5th May 1910 and was ironically sent and received by the newly crowned King George V, an avid stamp collector.
    That example is held in the Royal Philatelic Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
    Examples of the Tyrian Plum are rarely seen on the open market. That's reflected in the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue pricing the stamp at £115,000.
    This represents a rare opportunity to purchase one of just 12 known examples of this superb rare stamp, at a significant discount on SG Catalogue.

     

     

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  • Great Britain SG411 1915 10s Deep Blue Postage Stamp
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    Great Britain SG411 1915 10s Deep Blue Postage Stamp

    £5,000.00

    Great Britain SG411 1915 10s Deep Blue Postage Stamp

    For Sale: £5,000.00

    Great Britain SG411 1915 10s Deep blue

    A very fine, unmounted original gum, example of the rare deep blue shade, printed by De La Rue.
    Full perfs and superb centring.

    Specialised catalogue number N70(2).

     

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  • Hong Kong 96c Olive-Bistre Unique Block of Four Postage Stamps
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    Hong Kong 96c Olive-Bistre Unique Block of Four Postage Stamps

    £960,000.00

    Hong Kong 96c Olive-Bistre Unique Block of Four Postage Stamps

    For Sale: £960,000.00

    • Unique colour error block of four in outstanding condition
    • A legendary philatelic item - the treasure of Hong Kong postal history
    • Shows an additional error of watermark
    • Previously housed in the most respected Hong Kong collections

    Description

    The unique 96c olive-bistre colour error right margin block of four with full original gum, superb centring and exceptionally fresh colour.

    The block shows the original streaky gum associated with all stamps printed at this time. This gum is usually lost, if treated at all. There are two pencil marks on the margin which have been on the block for a long time, their origin is unknown.

    Typical hinge remainders on the reverse and the fourth stamp has a small natural paper inclusion.

    The block also shows the variety error of watermark, which is centred unusually low, with the letters "C C" appearing above the crown and at the top of the stamps.

    Without question the rarest and most important item of Hong Kong philately.

    History

    Following the success of the Great Britain Penny Black stamp in 1840, and the subsequent successful adoption of the pre-paid postal system in other countries, the first stamps of Hong Kong were issued in 1862.

    These first issues of 1862 included seven values; 2c brown, 8c yellow-buff, 12c pale blue, 18c lilac, 24c green, 48c rose, and 96c brownish grey.

    There were two printings of the 96c totalling 138 sheets, with 240 stamps per sheet.

    In 1863, British printers De La Rue changed to a new paper and introduced the Crown over CC (Crown Colony) Watermark as an additional security measure.

    Further printings of the 96c stamps were not required until March 1864, when another 52 sheets were printed and despatched to Hong Kong.

    On delivery, the Hong Kong Post Office failed to notice this new supply of stamps had been printed in an olive-bistre colour, as opposed to the correct 'brownish grey' shade.

    This all-important error of colour was only discovered when the stamps were first needed at the Post Office counters, but it was too late to prevent the incorrect coloured stamp from being used.

    An order for the supply of stamps in the correct colour took six weeks to reach the printers and a further six weeks to be printed and despatched to Hong Kong. During this period old stocks of the 96c brownish grey were exhausted and a few of the olive-bistre colour error had to be circulated.

    The 96c olive-bistre had a very short life. The colour errors were circulated around January/February 1865 until the correct brownish grey stamps became available in late July/August 1865

    Rarity

    Only 48 unused examples have been recorded, including this block of four.

    The block of four is the only unused multiple of the 96c olive-bistre. It is thought that only one other multiple exists - a used pair.

    Such is the importance of the stamp that detailed records are now being kept of all the unused examples and the names of famous collectors, past and present, appear on this roll of honour.

    The key to the rarity of the 96c issue lies with the postal rate of the time. In 1865, the rates for a letter weighing under ½oz, posted from Hong Kong, were as follows

    To U.K. via Southampton 24c

    To U.K. via Marseilles 32c

    To U.S.A. via Southampton 46c

    To U.S.A. via Marseilles 54c

    Local and regional letters 8c

    Hence there was limited demand for the 96c denomination stamp, which explains why only two examples on cover are known to exist. The stamp is a noted rarity of Hong Kong, widely collected among enthusiasts in the area.

    Provenance

    The unique block of four has rarely changed hands or been offered for sale. It has graced only the most important collections of Hong Kong.

    George Burghard

    A noted philatelist from New York, George Burghard assembled specialised collections of Hong Kong and early Switzerland. He sold the 96c olive-bistre block privately circa 1961. He signed the roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 1960.

    Ryohei Ishiwaka

    The Ryohei Ishiwaka Collection of Postage Stamps and Postal History of Hong Kong and Treaty Ports was sold by Sotheby's in December 1980. The 96c olive-bistre block of four was displayed in pride of place on the front cover of the auction catalogue.

    Richard C.K. Chan

    Richard C.K. Chan compiled an extensive collection of Hong Kong Philately which encompassed every aspect of Hong Kong philately. His love of the philately of Hong Kong and the Treaty Ports spanned over 30 years.

    Comparables

    The similarities between the number of unused examples known to exist means that it is inevitable that the 96c olive-bistre is compared to the Small Dollar of China.

    Both stamps are considered to be key in any collection, and there is only one block of four existing of each issue.
    The last single example of the Small Dollar of China to appear at auction sold for HK$3.5m (Approximately £300,000) at auction in September 2010. Another example made $889,765 in July 2013.
    Based on this latest sale price, and given the rarity of the single known block of four in existence, one could conservatively expect it to sell for upwards of HK$17.5m (Approximately £1.5m) should it appear at auction.

     

    Chinese stamp market

    Stamp collecting was actually banned by Chairman Mao and since his death in 1976 the hobby has thrived.

    Beginning in 2000, the Chinese government reportedly made it an official policy to foster stamp collecting in youngsters - mainly as a way to foster interest in national history.

    Elementary and high school teachers were encouraged to organise clubs. Today, the country is believed to have almost 50,000 philatelic associations, and universities in Fujian and Jiangxi offer elective courses in stamp collecting.

    The sheer size of the Chinese population is key to its large - and growing - representation in the global philatelic community. There are now an estimated 18m stamp collectors in China (one third of the worldwide total).

    Stamps are recognised as an easily traded currency; they are tangible assets that are highly portable. The rarest stamps are considered to be important cultural icons and treasures - just like art.

    The popular 1980 Year of the Monkey 8f stamp is a fair barometer of the market, having increased in value by 373% since 2006.

    Large collections are now being formed as the great and classic stamps are being repatriated by a number of wealthy collectors.

    As previous provenance shows - the collection that features the unique Hong Kong 96c olive-bistre block of four, the jewel of Hong Kong philately, will likely be considered the finest.

     

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  • Malaya - Straits 1892 32c surcharge omitted (UNUSED) SG94a
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    Malaya - Straits 1892 32c surcharge omitted (UNUSED) SG94a

    £3,750.00

    Malaya - Straits 1892 32c surcharge omitted (UNUSED) SG94a

     

    For Sale: £3,750

     

    1892-94 (3c on) 32c carmine-rose, ERROR SURCHARGE OMITTED, original gum.

    Faint gum bend but very fine appearance with lovely fresh colour.

    Still a choice example of this famous error, of which one upper left pane of 60 was discovered in Singapore.

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item with a Catalogue value of £4250.

     

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  • New South Wales 1885-86 £1 rose-lilac and claret, 'POSTAGE' opt in blue
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    New South Wales 1885-86 £1 rose-lilac and claret, 'POSTAGE' opt in blue

    For Sale: £6,500

    1885-86 £1 rose-lilac and claret, 'POSTAGE' overprint in blue, perforation 12 x 10, large part original gum.

    Typical perforations and centring, with minor gum creasing, still choice quality for this very rare and handsome stamp.

    Clear British Philatelic Association Certificate of Authenticity (1993) as former SG 248.

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item with a Catalogue value of £7500.

     

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  • New Zealand 1930 series of 36 die proofs (SGF145/68a)
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    New Zealand 1930 series of 36 die proofs (SGF145/68a)

    £25,000.00

    New Zealand 1930 series of 36 die proofs (SGF145/68a)

     

    For Sale: £25,000

     

    1930 Series of thirty-six stamp-size die proofs in black on glazed card for the 1931-40 'Arms' postal fiscal issue, affixed to two ledger pages (numbered '261' and '262') and headed 'NEW ZEALAND / STAMP DUTIES', each proof handstamped 'CANCELLED' in RED and numbered below, arranged in groups according to the different side-panel designs as follows:

    'DESIGN No. 1' commencing with an original undenominated master proof for the whole series with uncleared value tablets and side-panels, a master proof showing side-panels, 'SIXPENCE' at foot and uncleared value tablet at top, and four completed proofs for the 1s3d, 2s6d, 7s6d and 12s6d values;

    'DESIGN No. 2' comprising two master proofs showing side-panels, 'SHILLINGS' at foot and uncleared value tablet at top, and eleven completed proofs for the 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s, 10s, 15s, 25s, 30s and 35s values;

    'DESIGN No. 3' comprising master proof showing side-panels, 'TEN SHILLINGS' at foot and uncleared value tablet at top, and three completed proofs for the £2.10, £3.10 and £4.10 values;

    'DESIGN No. 4' comprising master proof showing side-panels, 'POUNDS' at foot and uncleared value tablet at top, and ten completed proofs for the £1, £2, £3, £4, £5, £6, £7, £8, £9, £10 values;

    'DESIGN No. 5' comprising two master proofs showing side-panels and undenominated value tablets at top and foot (one with uncleared value tablets and the other with cleared value tablets, this last intended to allow the production of additional values via locally produced duty plates, as with SG 700, 825 and F212/6).

    Although the stamps were printed by the Govt Ptg Office, Wellington, the original dies and plates were produced by the Royal Mint.

    A unique and magnificent series of the utmost importance, never previously available to collectors.

    From the recently discovered proof book presented to Royal Mint engraver H.A.Richardson on his retirement (when the red 'CANCELLED' handstamp was applied).

    [The Postage Stamps of New Zealand vol 1, pp.514-5 refers to the Royal Mint engraving steel dies and making 32 electrotype plates. This probably relates to 28 denominated values, and four partly denominated ('AND SIXPENCE', 'SHILLINGS', 'TEN SHILLINGS' and 'POUNDS') values.

    N.B. It should be pointed out that the reverses of the two ledger pages remain intact, and comprise '260' with nine Irish 'income tax' die proofs and '263' with an important range of twelve NZ 1938 postal stationery die proofs, each with the same 'CANCELLED' handstamp.]

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item.

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  • New Zealand 1935 (1 May) 'Second Pictorial' die proofs (SG559/69)
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    New Zealand 1935 (1 May) 'Second Pictorial' die proofs (SG559/69)

     

    For Sale: £9,500

     

    1935 (1 May) 'Second Pictorial' 2d, 2½d, 4d to 8d, 1s, 2s, 3s, nine values, De La Rue stamp-size die proofs in issued colours on thick slightly surfaced unwatermarked wove with 2mm margins and part original gum.

    Couple of trivial blemishes mentioned for accuracy (1s with small corner thin, 3s with minor split at top of frame due to pressure of printing), but a beautiful series of great rarity.

    [The ½d, 1d, 1½d and 3d values are not present; the 9d value of the set was printed by lithography by Waterlow, and does not exist in this form].

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item.

     

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  • Newfoundland 1859 (Cover) SG4
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    Newfoundland 1859 (Cover) SG4

    £6,250.00

    Newfoundland 1859 (Cover) SG4 St John's to Baltimore

     

    For Sale: £6,250

     

    1859 (AP 1) outer wrapper from St Johns to Baltimore, 'Tucker' correspondence, endorsed 'pr Mail via Halifax', franked by 1857-64 4d scarlet-vermilion, good to very large margins except a little close at foot, tied by light barred oval, with red despatch cds (overstruck by '5/BOSTON/BR.PKT.' entry cds dated 'AP 10') alongside.

    Vertical filing folds (clear of stamp and postmarks), but very fine for this usage, the stamp a particularly attractive example with lovely colour.

    Ex Bill Gross, Hubbard and Carey Fox with Royal Philatelic Society (1968) and V.G. Greene (2001) Certificates of Authenticity.

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item.

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  • Rhodesia 1966 1s overprint omitted error SG366b
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    Rhodesia 1966 1s overprint omitted error SG366b

    £4,500.00

    Rhodesia 1966 1s overprint omitted error SG366b

     

    For Sale: £4,500

     

    1966 'Independence' 1s, vertical strip of six being the left column of a sheet with full margins showing '183' sheet number, error OVERPRINT OMITTED on bottom four stamps (save for a tiny fleck of overprint ink on stamp 6), unmounted original gum.

    Only ten strips possible from the one sheet that is believed to have existed, and first reported in Stamp Collecting Weekly in April 1966.

    Illustrated on p. 491 of The Rhodesian Philatelist no. 28 (January 2009).

    Accompanied by a British Philatelic Association Certificate of Authenticity (2013).

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item.

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  • Solomon Islands 1907 6d large canoe imperf pair (Unused) SG6a
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     1907 6d chocolate 'large canoe', vertical pair, error imperforate between, large part original gum with very fresh colour.

    Plated as R3-4/2 on the sheet with diagnostic flaws. Minor gum soaking on top perforations, still fine for this major rarity.

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item with a Catalogue value of £7000.

     

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  • South Africa 1987 40c Word of God complete sheet
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    South Africa 1987 40c Word of God complete sheet

    £9,750.00

     

    1987 40c (19 Nov) 'The Word of God' in Greek and Hebrew, complete sheet of 25 (5x5) with control numbers in upper right corner, unmounted original gum.

    The unissued stamp which was withdrawn before issue because of religious objections, although examples are known to have been sold to the public at some smaller post offices (see footnote after SG 628).

    Very rare as an intact sheet.

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item with a Catalogue value of £11,250+

     

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  • TASMANIA 1854 Perkins Bacon die proofs (SG14,15,17)
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    TASMANIA 1854 Perkins Bacon die proofs (SG14,15,17)

    £15,000.00

     

    1854 (June - Sept) Perkins Bacon original die proofs for the 1855 'VAN DIEMENS LAND' 1d (39x45mm), 2d (29x34mm) and 4d (30x35mm) values.

    In black on India paper, affixed to card, the 1d particularly large (with the edge of the India paper visible at right).

    A beautiful set of the highest rarity.

    The 4d is Ex Sebastian Earl Collection (Christie's Geneva 25/4/80, lot 2084, realised CHF 5500).

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item.

     

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  • Tobago 1879 £1 mauve (Unused) SG6
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    Tobago 1879 £1 mauve (Unused) SG6

    £4,000.00

     

    1879 £1 mauve, watermark CC, brilliant large part original gum.

    Typical centring but wonderfully fresh. Choice quality for this key stamp. Signed Champion and Bloch.

    British Philatelic Association Certificate of Authenticity (1977).

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item.

     

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  • Tristan Da Cunha 1918 Cover to Guildford (SGC1)
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    Tristan Da Cunha 1918 Cover to Guildford (SGC1)

    £4,000.00

     

    1918 cover to Guildford, carried on board the 'Southern Sea' which arrived at the island on 13 November 1918.

    Cancelled with a very fine strike of type I cachet in violet, franked at 1d rate by a horizontal pair of Great Britain 1912-24 ½d green, tied on arrival by two strikes of 'F.S. 62 / LONDON' circular date stamps dated '27 JA 19'.

    Exceptional quality for a Type I cover, and rare thus.

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item.

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  • Tristan Da Cunha 1929 stampless cover to USA (SGC7)
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    Tristan Da Cunha 1929 stampless cover to USA (SGC7)

    £6,500.00

     

    1929 stampless cover to the USA, carried on board the 'Halesius' which arrived at Tristan Da Cunha on 24 May, with two very fine strikes of the rare type Va cachet in magenta (as type V, but without break in inner ring, and damaged 'T', 'C' and 'N'), 'T' in circle between.

    Also a London paquebot transit circular date stamp dated '26 JU 29' at the upper right, and a 'New York Due/ 10 / CENTS' paired circles at lower left. 'JUL 8 1929' receiving H/S on reverse.

    Trivial peripheral blemishes mentioned for accuracy, still superb.

    Probably the finest of the six covers (and the first to be discovered) recorded by Crabb, which mostly have faint strikes.

    Illustrated on p.195 of Crabb's 'The History and Postal History of Tristan da Cunha'.

    Ex Jack Cole Collection (Stanley Gibbons Auctions 30/10/98, lot 188). Also an ex Stanley Gibbons stock item.

     

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