VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE POSTCARD MAILED FROM ABOARD THE R.M.S. TITANIC BEFORE THE ILL-FATED LAST LEG OF ITS VOYAGE.
The R.M.S. Titanic embarked on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, on April 10, 1910 at 12:15 p.m. The vessel docked at Cherbourg, France, at 6:35 P.M. to take on passengers and mail. She departed at 8:10 P.M. the same day, for Queenstown, Ireland, arriving at around noon on April 11. Additional passengers and 194 mail sacks were taken aboard. The Titanic departed Queenstown at 1:30 P.M. on April 11. At approximately 11:40 P.M. on the night of April 14, the Titanic struck an iceberg, with the loss of most of her passengers and crew.
The post card offered here was mailed by a passenger aboard the Titanic and sent ashore to the mails, probably at Queenstown.
With 1993 R.P.S. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE CANADA 12-PENCE BLACK ON LAID PAPER. ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST DESIRABLE CLASSIC STAMPS AND ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN.
The first Pence Issues of Canada were printed by the New York firm of Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, the same firm that printed the New York Postmaster's Provisional and United States 5c and 10c 1847 Issue. The Pence issues, and particularly the 12-pence, show the same fine quality of engraving that distinguishes the U.S. 1847 Issue. The stamps were printed early in 1851 (12p issued June 14), at the same time that RWH&E's contract for providing United States stamps was coming to an end. The 12-pence plate proved difficult for RWH&E. Faulty impressions were laid out twice before the third and final entries, resulting in many positions showing re-entries.
The 1851 12-pence stamp was issued for prepayment of the basic letter rate to Newfoundland, Bermuda and the West Indies, but its value -- stated in pence rather than "one shilling" to avoid confusion -- also corresponded to the double 6p rate to the United States and certain other countries. However, its use was very limited and, according to Boggs, only 1,450 were sold. The balance of the 51,000 printed was destroyed.
This stamp has note appeared at auction since World War II.
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. A REMARKABLY FRESH COVER BEARING A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 6-PENCE SLATE VIOLET ON LAID PAPER.
Used 23 days after the stamp was issued.
AN OUTSTANDING AND VERY RARE FRANKING FOR THE 3-PENCE RATE.
Some postal historians have argued persuasively that this cover originated in Detroit, Michigan, and was carried by ferry boat to its docking point at Sandwich. On July 12, 1858, the Windsor postmaster was authorized by the Post Office Department to supply the local Canadian packet agent at Detroit with 7-1/2 and -1/2 pence stamps.
Illustrated in Boggs book (p. 162). With 1995 B.P.A. certificate. Ex Dale-Lichtenstein and Nickle
EXTREMELY FINE AND ENORMOUSLY RARE IMPRINT COPY OF THE 6-PENCE ON THICK PAPER.
Ex Dale-Lichtenstein, where it last sold for $675 hammer in 1970
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THIS PENCE ISSUE. A TRUE CONDITION RARITY WITH BOTH LARGE MARGINS AND ORIGINAL GUM.
Ex Moody. A similar stamp realized $10,500 hammer in our Sale 808
FINE-VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MINT NEVER HINGED CORNER SHEET MARGIN BLOCK OF THE CANADA $5.00 JUBILEE.
With 1980 Friedl certificate and signed Bloch at lower right
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE CANADA SEAWAY INVERT.
EXTREMELY FINE. A VERY RARE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE FAMOUS SEAWAY INVERT.
SG £36,000 as singles. Scott Retail as singles
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE APPEARANCE. A RARE POSITION BLOCK OF THE ONE-CANDARIN ESSAY WITH THE EXTRA CIRCLE.
As a security measure an extra circle was added to the cliches during the design and approval process. This was later removed (though not always completely) after the design was approved.
Ex Worthington. Accompanied by 1937 Strand Auction Rooms lot card
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A FRESH AND CHOICE POSITION MULTIPLE OF THE 3-CANDARIN LARGE DRAGON ESSAY.
Accompanied by 1937 Strand Auction Rooms lot card with pencil notation "ex Coll. Sir Robert Hart", Hart was the Deputy Customs Commissioner during the formation of the Customs Postal Service
EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE PROOF BLOCK OF THE 3-CANDARIN WITH THE EXTRA CIRCLE REMOVED.
Accompanied by 1937 Strand Auction Rooms lot card
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING COMPLETE SHEET OF 25 OF THE 1-CANDARIN LARGE DRAGON.
Scott Retail as singles
VERY FINE AND CHOICE SHEET OF THE 3-CANDARIN LARGE DRAGON.
Scott Retail as singles
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE COMPLETE SHEET OF THE 5-CANDARIN LARGE DRAGON FROM SETTING I. AS FRESH AS THE DAY IT WAS PRINTED. A REMARKABLE SHEET.
Over time, large multiples tend to suffer from mishandling. The sheet offered here, in Mint Never Hinged condition and free from any defect, is remarkable not only for its rarity, but as much so for its condition.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CANDARIN FROM THE WIDE SETTING.
A stamp that is lacking from most collections
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE COMBINATION FRANKING OF CHINA AND JAPAN STAMPS ON A COVER TO THE UNITED STATES.
This cover was acquired by the Halls prior to World War II.
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE DEPICTING THE UNISSUED BACKGROUND WITH RAYS OF SUNLIGHT. ONLY 40 EXAMPLES ARE REPORTED TO EXIST.
This beautiful modern stamp, printed using the recess-printing method, was never issued after it was pointed out that the sun could never appear from this angle at Tien An Men. The design was altered to remove the rays of sunlight (example of issued stamp accompanies). The issued stamp appears lifeless and less three-dimensional by comparison.
Noted but unlisted in Scott. Yang catalogue value
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND USED EXAMPLE OF THE "ENTIRE NATION IS RED" STAMP, WHICH WAS QUICKLY WITHDRAWN FROM USE.
This stamp, issued in Canton, was quickly withdrawn from use for political reasons. On the stamp, Taiwan appears in white instead of red.
Used examples of this stamp are frequently faulty, as they were often removed from their envelopes without regard to preserving their condition. The example offered here is in better condition than most recorded examples
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS GREAT RARITY OF THIS CULTURAL REVOLUTION COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE, WHICH WAS PREPARED FOR USE BUT NOT OFFICIALLY ISSUED. APPROXIMATELY 40 EXAMPLES ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST
This stamp, depicting Chairman Mao and Lin Pao, was prepared for use but never issued. Lin Pao was Mao's hand-picked successor. However, during the Cultural Revolution Lin Pao plotted an assassination attempt against Mao, due to differing political agendas. The attempt failed, and Lin Pao tried to escape to Russia. His plane crashed in Mongolia and he was killed. As a result of the assassination attempt, Chairman Mao ordered that anything relating to Lin Pao should be destroyed, including this unissued stamp. It is believed that only approximately 40 examples have survived.
Unlisted in Scott. Yang catalogue value
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT. EXCEEDINGLY RARE WITH THE PLATE NUMBER.
Ex Caspary, where it realized $220.00 in 1958, and accompanied by the original lot card. This is the first time that a stamp with $5.00 catalogue value has ever been offered in a Rarities sale, but who could resist?
VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE TUSCANY 60-CRAZIE LION ISSUE -- ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL ITALIAN STATES ISSUES.
With 1998 Raybaudi certificate. Sassone value 50,000,000 lire.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE NEW BRUNSWICK 6-PENCE OLIVE YELLOW WITH LARGE MARGINS ALL AROUND.
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE COMPOUND DIE PROOF SHOWING BOTH POSTMASTER CONNELL AND QUEEN VICTORIA.
The die proof offered here provides a striking contrast between the officially sanctioned and the unsanctioned stamp subjects. Ex Koh Seow Chuan
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. AN IMPRESSIVE GROUP OF CONNELL DIE PROOFS IN SIX DIFFERENT COLORS.
A wonderful group suitable for exhibition
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE POSITION PAIRS OF THE 5-CENT CONNELL WITH SPECIMEN OVERPRINT.
The latter with 1996 C.P.E.S. certificate
FRESH AND VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A FASCINATING AND RARE GROUP OF BLOCKS OF FOUR OF THE 5-CENT CONNELL WITH SPECIMEN OVERPRINTS, INCLUDING ONE WITH A MAJOR RE-ENTRY.
Wonderful exhibition items
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE BLOCK OF SIX ILLUSTRATING ALL THREE TYPES OF THE SANS-SERIF OVERPRINT. AN OUTSTANDING RARITY AND A WONDERFUL EXHIBITION PIECE.
Only the fifth vertical row furnished the "Specimen" overprint without period. As one can easily determine from other lots in this sale, the overprint varieties of the thin and thick lettering (the two most common varieties) did not alternate across the sheet, making position multiples such as the one offered here particularly scarce. In fact, of the multiples offered in this sale, only two others show more than one type of the overprint. Perhaps the only other impressive multiple containing all three types of the sans-serif overprint is contained in the complete sheet, ex Reford
Ex Reford. With 1997 C.P.E.S. certificate. Accompanied by 1947 letter from Kasimir Bileski
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 5-CENT CONNELL STAMP. AN OUTSTANDING RARITY AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEMS IN BRITISH NORTH AMERICA PHILATELY.
The history of the 5c Connell is a fascinating one, covered in an introduction to this section of the catalogue. The pair offered here, the only recorded multiple, was found in 1933 in a house full of books which once belonged to the husband of one of Charles Connell's daughters. It is reported that the pair was found on the floor and "lay upon several inches of dust and other debris". It was purchased by Dr. Reford directly from Dr. G.F Clarke, the discoverer.
Ex Reford, Galt and Argenti. With 1981 Vincent Graves Greene certificate. SG £8,000 as two singles. Scott Retail as two singles is $12,000.00
VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE CONNELL STAMP, OF WHICH PERHAPS 50-60 EXIST.
The 5c Connell stamp is usually found with perfs damaged either from being scissors-separated or roughly pulled apart, the result of poor perforating. The example offered here, with three intact sides of perforations including many unpunched perf discs and the design intact all around, is in better condition than many of the other existing examples.
Ex Argenti. With 1956 R.P.S. certificate. SG £4,000
FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 5-CENT CONNELL STAMP.
The perforations, centering and condition of the stamp offered here are typical for the 5-cent Connell stamp. Ex Argenti. With 1938 R.P.S. certificate. SG £4,000
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE GUMMED IMPERFORATE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT CONNELL STAMP.
Argenti describes the imperforate proofs or stamps on thick paper at great length in his book The Postage Stamps of New Brunswick (pp.149-150). His conclusion is that it is likely that a single sheet was printed, as there is no color variation and no two have yet to be found from the same plate position. The paper is slightly thicker than the issued stamp, and Argenti was unable to conclude whether these are proofs, or whether the sheet was printed for issue but not perforated either "because the sheet escaped the perforating machine by mistake or because it was discovered that this sheet was not of uniform paper and therefore set set on one side, or discarded for some other reason." An imperforate example of this stamp is also known on an official Post Office Department page (originally a pair with one example removed) inscribed "With the compliments of the Subscriber. Wm. Paisley" (Paisley was accountant of the New Brunswick P.O. Department in 1860). There also exists an imperforate example with a grid cancellation, though none of the leading experts (including Argenti, who owned the item) was thoroughly convinced of its authenticity, even though the cancel appears to be contemporary.
Argenti also notes that this imperforate is "rare, if not rarer, than the actual perforated Connell stamps." Unlisted in either Scott or Gibbons
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 6-PENCE YELLOW GREEN IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. A WONDERFUL STAMP.
Ex Ferrary and with his small purple trefoil on back. Also ex Dale-Lichtenstein (first sale with a stripped-in and also a color illustration, realized $1,600 hammer in 1968) and with the original lot card
FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE USED PAIR OF THE NOVA SCOTIA ONE-SHILLING REDDISH PURPLE.
Ex Dale-Lichtenstein (first sale, realized $5,250 hammer) and accompanied by original lot card. SG £7,500
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE NOVA SCOTIA ONE-SHILLING COLD VIOLET IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE.
Ex Dale-Lichtenstein (accompanied by original lot card). SG £6,000
VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE ZURICH 4-RAPPEN WITH VERTICAL RED LINES.
In 1843, the Canton of Zurich decided to issue stamps to prepay postage. These were issued in two denominations: the 4-rappen for local letters, and a 6-rappen stamp for use on letters to other cantonal districts. The local printing firm of Orell, Fussli & Co. were contracted to print the stamps, which were issued on March 2, 1843.
Small blue and purple backstamps. With 1991 Rellstab certificate. Zumstein Sfr25,500
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE ZURICH 4-RAPPEN WITH RED VERTICAL LINES.
The previous description gives an explanation of the issuance of this stamp. With 1950 Fulpius and 1988 Weid certificates (the latter illustrated on certificate off-cover). Zumstein Sfr48,000 on cover, Sfr25,500 off-cover
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE RARE SWITZERLAND DOUBLE-GENEVA IN THE FINEST CONDITION AND COMBINING THE ELEMENTS OF OUTSTANDING COLOR, CANCELLATION, IMPRESSION AND MARGINS.
The Double Geneva was the first stamp issued by the Canton of Geneva, on October 1, 1843. The stamps were lithographed on green paper by M. Schmidt, a local printer, in sheets consisting of fifty double-stamps to a sheet. The total printing was 600 sheets. As quoted in Stamps of Fame by L.N. & M. Williams, a contemporary observation before the issue of the Double Geneva reads "Such labels are sold at post offices at 10 centimes each; and when required to do so stationers fasten them beforehand on envelopes, which they sell plus the cost of the ticket. People keep them ready to hand, just as they do their pens and wafers. Many are lost, but this is so much profit to the Post Office. Moreover one uses them more readily than money...it would be a savings to allow two labels to serve for a double letter, or one for every ounce."
With 1976 Nussbaum certificate. Zumstein Sfr53,000
EXTREMELY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE LEFT HALF OF THE FAMOUS DOUBLE GENEVA CANTONAL STAMP.
With 1992 Rellstab certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 1849 4-CENTIME GENEVA COAT OF ARMS.
Small red Weid backstamp and signed Diena in pencil. With 1939 Zumstein, 1977 Weid and 1977 Diena certificates. Zumstein Sfr31,000
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 1849 4-CENTIME GENEVA COAT OF ARMS.
Small red Weid backstamp. Zumstein Sfr31,000
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND ATTRACTIVE COVER OF THE 2-1/2-RAPPEN DOVE OF BASEL.
Small Roumet and Calves handstamps. With 1977 Hunziger certificate. Zumstein Sfr38,000
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB BOTTOM SHEET MARGIN USAGE OF THE 2-1/2 RAPPEN ORTS-POST WITHOUT FRAME AROUND CROSS.
With 1998 Rellstab certificate
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. AN IMMACULATE USAGE OF THE SWITZERLAND 2-1/2 RAPPEN ORTS-POST WITHOUT FRAME AROUND CROSS.
With 1998 Rellstab certificate
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE BISECTED USAGE OF THE SWITZERLAND 10-RAPPEN WITHOUT FRAME AROUND CROSS.
The bisect is unpriced in Zumstein. With 1998 Rellstab certificate
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. A CHOICE AND RARE BISECTED USAGE OF THE SWITZERLAND 10-RAPPEN WITHOUT FRAME AROUND CROSS.
With 1998 Rellstab certificate