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Sale 811 — 1999 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 May, 1999

Category — General Foreign

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
276
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 276, General ForeignBRITISH HONDURAS, 1888, 2c in Black and Red on 50c on 1sh Gray (26b; SG 35c), BRITISH HONDURAS, 1888, 2c in Black and Red on 50c on 1sh Gray (26b; SG 35c)BRITISH HONDURAS, 1888, 2c in Black and Red on 50c on 1sh Gray (26b; SG 35c). O.g., h.r., small thin spot at top, light natural internal gum crease

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY TEN EXISTING EXAMPLES OF THIS GREAT RARITY.

Stanley Gibbons backstamp. With 1933 R.P.S. certificate. SG £8,000

8,750
3,000
277°
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 277, General Foreign1899, 2(c) on -2/3 of 3c, Port Hood Provisional (88C; SG 170), 1899, 2(c) on -2/3 of 3c, Port Hood Provisional (88C; SG 170)1899, 2(c) on -2/3 of 3c, Port Hood Provisional (88C; SG 170). Fresh and bright color, tied by neat "Port Hood N.S. JA 5, 1899" postmark on cover addressed locally, cover slightly reduced at top

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE COVER BEARING THE 2-CENT PORT HOOD PROVISIONAL STAMP.

On December 29, 1898, the postage rate was lowered from 3c to 2c, effective as of January 1, 1899. This created a shortage of 2c stamps. Boggs quotes from the postmaster of Port Hood regarding the shortage:

"When the change in Canadian postage was made -- of which we got notice by wire -- I had only a very few two cent stamps in stock so that before I got my supply from Ottawa I completely ran out out of them, and, to keep my account straight, was compelled to cut threes...about 200 "2" and 100 "1" were used. Those stamps I put on letters for delivery within the county as much as possible..."

With Stanley Gibbons and Weill backstamps. With 1961 P.F. certificate

E. 6,000-8,000
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278
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 278, General Foreign1959, 5c Seaway Invert (387a; SG 513a), 1959, 5c Seaway Invert (387a; SG 513a)1959, 5c Seaway Invert (387a; SG 513a). Mint N.H., fresh colors on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE MINT EXAMPLE OF THE FAMOUS SEAWAY INVERT.

With 1977 P.F. certificate. SG £5,000

8,250
5,750
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279
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 279, General Foreign1959, 5c Seaway Invert (387a; SG 513a), 1959, 5c Seaway Invert (387a; SG 513a)1959, 5c Seaway Invert (387a; SG 513a). Mint N.H. right margin single, fresh colors on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE MINT EXAMPLE OF THE FAMOUS SEAWAY INVERT.

With 1981 P.F. certificate. Accompanied by normal stamp for comparison. SG £5,000

8,250
6,000
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280
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 280, General Foreign1959, 5c Seaway Invert (387a; SG 513a), 1959, 5c Seaway Invert (387a; SG 513a)1959, 5c Seaway Invert (387a; SG 513a). Barest traces of hinging, fresh colors on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE FAMOUS SEAWAY INVERT.

SG £5,000

8,250
5,375
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281
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 281, General Foreign1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2), 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2)1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2). Plate 1a, ML, large margins all around, tied by red Maltese Cross on 1840 1p Mulready entire with "C MY-6, 1840" backstamp, used to Binfield, some staining around stamp and some wear to Mulready

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION OF THE PENNY BLACK ON A MULREADY, MAILED ON MAY 6, 1840, THE FIRST OFFICIAL DAY OF USE. THE FIRST FIRST-DAY COVER IN ALL OF PHILATELY.

The Penny Black and the 1p and 2p Mulready envelopes were placed on sale on May 1, 1840. Official use was not sanctioned until on or after May 6. The 2p Blue was not issued until a few days later.

With 1974 R.P.S. certificate

E. 15,000-20,000
18,500
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282
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 282, General Foreign1840, 1p Black, 2p Blue (1, 2; SG 2, 5), 1840, 1p Black, 2p Blue (1, 2; SG 2, 5)1840, 1p Black, 2p Blue (1, 2; SG 2, 5). Four singles of 1p, AE, PB, MF, MH, single of 2p, EC, all have clear to large margins except 1p AE just in at top, fresh color and deep impressions, tied by red Maltese Cross cancels on 1841 folded letter addressed to "Rich'd Attwood Esqr., Shirley, near Southampton", bold "Winchester FE 6, 1841" and receiving backstamp of the next day, ms. "prepaid" at bottom left, light file fold barely affects 1p PB

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE COMBINATION COVER BEARING EXAMPLES OF BOTH OF THE FIRST ADHESIVE STAMPS OF GREAT BRITAIN -- THE FIRST ADHESIVE STAMPS EVER ISSUED. A WONDERFUL SHOWPIECE.

The 6p rate paid postage for a letter not exceeding 5 ounces. With 1977 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
8,500
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283
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 283, General Foreign1840, 1p Black, Grey-Black, Plate 11 (1; SG 2, 3), 1840, 1p Black, Grey-Black, Plate 11 (1; SG 2, 3)1840, 1p Black, Grey-Black, Plate 11 (1; SG 2, 3). Single of each shade, LJ and LL respectively, large margins to in, tied by two clear strikes of MC cancel on 1841 folded "Verbatim Report of the Speech of the Right Honorable Lord Stanley, M.P." to Chester, neat magenta "Lancaster JY 12, 1841" and receiving backstamp of the next day, both stamps lifted and replaced, few faults first with small tear at top and some splitting along edges

VERY FINE. A SCARCE DOUBLE-RATE COVER SHOWING TWO DISTINCTIVE SHADES FROM THE RARE PLATE 11.

With 1993 Philatelic Expertising certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,800
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284
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 284, General Foreign1840, 1p Black, 1p Red (1, 3; SG 2, 7), 1840, 1p Black, 1p Red (1, 3; SG 2, 7)1840, 1p Black, 1p Red (1, 3; SG 2, 7). 1p Black FK, 1p Red NB, the former three ample to large margins and in at bottom, the latter three large margins and just in at left, tied by two strikes of black Maltese Cross cancels on 1841 folded letter to Hastings and forwarded to London, forwarding postage paid by 1p Black, six backstamps, many struck on top of one another, incl. Mar. 24 London receiving datestamp, Very Fine and choice, rare combination usage, with 1977 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
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285°
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 285, General Foreign1998, 26p Princess Diana Commemoration, Imperforate Error, Strip of Five (1795a var, SG 2021ab), 1998, 26p Princess Diana Commemoration, Imperforate Error, Strip of Five (1795a var, SG 2021ab)1998, 26p Princess Diana Commemoration, Imperforate Error, Strip of Five (1795a var, SG 2021ab). Mint N.H. horizontal strip of five showing each design type, wide margins all around, post-office fresh

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF ONLY SIX KNOWN IMPERFORATE ERROR STRIPS SHOWING ALL FIVE DESIGN TYPES. A MAJOR ERROR DEPICTING ONE OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY'S MOST BELOVED INDIVIDUALS.

One sheet containing six imperforate strips was found by a fortunate member of the public in the West Country of England. No other examples have been discovered.

With 1999 Brandon certificate. This major error will be listed in the next published Gibbons catalogue as No. 2021ab

E. 15,000-20,000
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286
 
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 286, General ForeignMAURITIUS, 1848, 2p Blue on Yellowish White Paper, Early Impression (4a; SG 8), MAURITIUS, 1848, 2p Blue on Yellowish White Paper, Early Impression (4a; SG 8)MAURITIUS, 1848, 2p Blue on Yellowish White Paper, Early Impression (4a; SG 8). Position 9, large to huge margins all around, bold grid cancel, Very Fine and choice, rare as a completely sound stamp, with 1995 A.P.S. certificate, SG £6,000

5,750
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287
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 287, General ForeignNEWFOUNDLAND, 1927, 60c Black, De Pinedo Air Post (C4; SG 163), NEWFOUNDLAND, 1927, 60c Black, De Pinedo Air Post (C4; SG 163)NEWFOUNDLAND, 1927, 60c Black, De Pinedo Air Post (C4; SG 163). Tied by "St. Johns, N'fld May 20, 1927" wavy-lines machine cancel on cover to Devonport, England, additional Trepassy datestamp of May 21, Rome receiving backstamp dated May 22, light vertical file fold clear of stamp, expertly repaired tears at top not affecting stamp but affecting postmark

FINE APPEARANCE AND RARE. ONLY 225 DE PINEDO STAMPS WERE USED ON FLIGHT COVERS, OF WHICH APPROXIMATELY 100 HAVE SURVIVED.

A great worldwide air post rarity. ex Schoendorf, Kessler

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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288
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 288, General ForeignNEWFOUNDLAND, 1930, 50c on 36c Olive Green, Columbia Air Post (C5; SG 191), NEWFOUNDLAND, 1930, 50c on 36c Olive Green, Columbia Air Post (C5; SG 191)NEWFOUNDLAND, 1930, 50c on 36c Olive Green, Columbia Air Post (C5; SG 191). Well-centered, tied by "St. Johns, Nfld. Sep. 25, 1930" postmark on cover to Liverpool, England, red "From W. A. Munn St. John's Newfoundland" corner card, Harbour Grace backstamp of Oct. 9, with original enclosure of Munn & Co. stationery,

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. ONLY 65 PIECES OF MAIL WITH THE SPECIALLY SURCHARGED STAMP WERE CARRIED FROM ST. JOHN'S. A GREAT RARITY

The Newfoundland government overprinted 300 copies of the 36c "Caribou" issue for use on this flight. Only 100 were actually used: 65 from St. John's and 35 from Harbour Grace. Five unused blocks of four are known. After flying 2,650 miles, the plane was forced down at Tresco Island, off the coast of England. The "Columbia" was able to finish the flight, landing at Croydon Airport on October 13.

Ex Louise Hoffman. Signed Diena

E. 3,000-4,000
4,000
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289
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 289, General ForeignROMAN STATES, 1864, 50b Deep Blue (10a), ROMAN STATES, 1864, 50b Deep Blue (10a)ROMAN STATES, 1864, 50b Deep Blue (10a). Original gum, h.r., margins to in, rich color, fresh and Fine, rare, signed, with 1983 Raybaudi certificate

12,500
1,500
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290°
 
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 290, General ForeignSAXONY, 1850, 3pf Brick Red (1; Michel 1), SAXONY, 1850, 3pf Brick Red (1; Michel 1)SAXONY, 1850, 3pf Brick Red (1; Michel 1). Plate V, Pos. 18, large margins all around, bright and fresh color, neat town datestamp, Extremely Fine and choice, signed, backstamped and with 1965 Diena and 1980 Friedl certificates, Michel DM12,000

5,000
6,750
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291°
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Sale Number 811, Lot Number 291, General ForeignSOLOMON ISLANDS, 1907, 6p Chocolate, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (6a; SG 6a), SOLOMON ISLANDS, 1907, 6p Chocolate, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (6a; SG 6a)SOLOMON ISLANDS, 1907, 6p Chocolate, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (6a; SG 6a). Original gum, small h.r. on top stamp, bottom stamp Mint N.H., centered to right as are all known examples, Very Fine and very rare, bottom stamp signed in pencil and with 1994 Holcombe certificate, SG £3,500

3,750
2,500
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292°
 
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 292, General ForeignSWITZERLAND, 1843, 5c Black on Yellow Green (2L1a), SWITZERLAND, 1843, 5c Black on Yellow Green (2L1a)SWITZERLAND, 1843, 5c Black on Yellow Green (2L1a). Left half, large margins all around, perfectly struck red rosette cancel, bright green paper, Extremely Fine and choice, backstamped, with 1972 Hunziger and 1982 Rellstad certificates

9,000
3,000
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293°
 
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 293, General ForeignSWITZERLAND, 1850, 2-1/2r Black & Red, Full Black Frame (2), SWITZERLAND, 1850, 2-1/2r Black & Red, Full Black Frame (2)SWITZERLAND, 1850, 2-1/2r Black & Red, Full Black Frame (2). Horizontal pair, Types 39-40, large margins showing complete frame on almost all sides, cancelled by "PD" handstamps and tied on small piece by "Thun 1 JUN 1851" double-circle datestamp, fresh and Very Fine pair, with 1982 Rellstad certificate, Scott Retail as two singles

2,600
1,200
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294°
c
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 294, General ForeignTRINIDAD, 1847, (5c) Blue, Lady McLeod (SG 1), TRINIDAD, 1847, (5c) Blue, Lady McLeod (SG 1)TRINIDAD, 1847, (5c) Blue, Lady McLeod (SG 1). Clear to large margins all around except small nick mostly in margin at right, cancelled by manuscript "X" (as nearly always) on folded letter datelined "Port of Spain, 6th Jan. 1848" to San Fernando, Taylor & Co. correspondence, cover reduced at left and slightly soiled along horizontal file fold well clear of stamp

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE FAMOUS LADY MCLEOD STAMP ON COVER.

This private-issue stamp appeared six months before the "Post Office" Mauritius and is the earliest stamp used in any British Colony. The stamp was issued in April 1847 to pre-pay the private conveyance of mails on the Lady Mcleod between Port of Spain and San Fernando. Details regarding the printing of this stamp have never been found, but it has been surmised that they were likely printed at the offices of the local newspaper, as were several other early British Colonial stamps and the Hawaiian Missionaries.

The full story of this stamp is told on pp. 196-199 of Stamps of Fame by L.N. & M. Williams

E. 10,000-15,000
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