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Sale 913 — 2006 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 May, 2006

Category — Great Britain

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1016
 
Sale Number 913, Lot Number 1016, Great Britain1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2), 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2)1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2). Four-margin single from Plate 11, pretty color, bold strike of Maltese Cross cancel, toned spot at center which looks as though it may have been caused by application of a wax seal to assist in affixing this to its cover, otherwise Very Fine, very rare four-margin stamp from Plate 11

3,500
0
1017
 
Sale Number 913, Lot Number 1017, Great Britain1840, 1p Black (1), 1840, 1p Black (1)1840, 1p Black (1). Remarkable plate composite reconstruction of the 240 positions, from "AA" at top left to "TL" at bottom right, mostly with red or black MC cancels, Position K-I with broken "I", margins to in (most plating quality)

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE RECONSTRUCTED COMPOSITE SHEET OF THE GREAT BRITAIN ONE-PENNY BLACK.

The Penny Black plate was lettered in such a way that each stamp could be easily matched to its position. This may have been done so that any defective engravings could be quickly identified.

Scott Retail with no premium for any of the better plates. A similar plate reconstruction realized $21,000 hammer in our 2005 Rarities sale.

60,000
18,000
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1018
c
Sale Number 913, Lot Number 1018, Great Britain1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2), 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2)1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2). Position A-D, huge margins to clear with corners angled but clear, tied by red Maltese Cross cancel on folded cover to Warwickshire, brown "C MY-6 1840" First Day of Issue datestamp on backflap, missing left flap, small hole punch at top left

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS VERY RARE FIRST DAY USAGE OF THE WORLD'S FIRST POSTAGE STAMP.

A rare opportunity to acquire the very first "first day" cover.

E. 15,000-20,000
45,000
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1019
c
Sale Number 913, Lot Number 1019, Great Britain1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2), 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2)1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2). Plate 1, lettered F-A, the "F" with "arrow" pointing down at bottom and the "A" on a slight slant, ample to large margins, tied by red Maltese Cross on small envelope to Scotland, May 10, 1840 cancel struck partly off cover, clear strike of red "MAY 11 1840" receiving backstamp, few cover creases and stamp with tiny trivial corner crease at top right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE PENNY BLACK USED ON THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER IT WAS ISSUED.

The first official day of issue, May 6, was a Wednesday. Covers used on the first Sunday are scarce, because very few post offices were open.

E. 5,000-7,500
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1020
bl
Sale Number 913, Lot Number 1020, Great Britain1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2), 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2)1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2). Block of four from Plate 7, DK to EL, large margins to barely in, tied by red Maltese Cross cancels on part of folded cover to London

FRESH AND FINE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE PENNY BLACK FROM PLATE 7, USED ON A LARGE PART OF A COVER TO LONDON.

An attractive item.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,200
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1021
 
1841, 1p Red Brown, Bluish Paper (3; SG 8). Approximately 1,010 used stamps on stock pages, arranged by postmarks and showing various barred numerals, tremendous range, stamps with some faults to be expected but mostly selected for the quality of the cancels, Fine-Very Fine strikes, interesting study, Scott Retail over $17,500.00 with no premium for any better cancels

E. 3,000-4,000
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1022
 
1864, 1p Rose Red (20; SG 38). Stock pages containing hundreds of used stamps and selected for their cancellations, wide range of different with many numerals in barred ovals,, some faults to be expected but selected for the quality of the cancellations, Fine-Very Fine

E. 3,000-4,000
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1023
 
1864, 1p Rose Red (33; SG 43 and 44). Magnificent holding in two large folio albums, comprising 111 complete different plate reconstructions as well as 23 others which are largely complete and seventeen others which are partly complete, few better completed plates incl. 110, 113, 121, 131, 136, 139, 144, 209, 212, five panes missing only one position to be complete incl. plates 168 and 203, eleven others missing between two and five incl. plates 199, 206, 207, 213 and 215, some others in various stages incl. plate 219 (21 stamps), 222 (41 stamps), 223 (25 stamps), 188 (171 stamps), sorry but none from Plate 77, various cancels with mostly numeral grids, few different shades, stamps generally of decent quality but some faults sure to be found

VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE HOLDING OF PLATE RECONSTRUCTIONS OF THE GREAT BRITAIN 1864 PENNY RED ISSUE.

Most plate reconstructions we have seen tend to be from a mix of plates, and showing the various positions as indicated in the corner letters. This holding, which reconstructs the positions on each plate, is a major accomplishment.

Scott Retail over

210,000
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1024
 
1864, 1p Rose Red (33; SG 43 and 44). Stock pages containing between 4,000 and 5,000 used copies, meticulously arranged by cancel and showing many different types as identified in the Wilcox book, incl. approximately 400 Irish, nice groups of Welsh and Scottish, some faults to be expected but selected for the clarity of cancels, many Fine-Very Fine, an attractive study collection

E. 3,000-4,000
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1025
 
Sale Number 913, Lot Number 1025, Great Britain1870, -1/2p Rose (58; SG 49), 1870, -1/2p Rose (58; SG 49)1870, -1/2p Rose (58; SG 49). Virtually complete reconstruction of the 480 positions on the plate, lacking only 29 stamps to be complete, range of cancels, unchecked for better plate nos. but cursory glance revealed at least one from Plate 20 and several from Plate 4, usual plating condition with some stamps at edges defective

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A DIFFICULT PLATE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE 1870 HALF-PENCE ISSUE.

SG £6,765

7,892
0
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1026
 
Sale Number 913, Lot Number 1026, Great Britain1883, 2sh6p Lilac (96; SG 179), 1883, 2sh6p Lilac (96; SG 179)1883, 2sh6p Lilac (96; SG 179). Plate reconstruction of the 112 positions, lacking only "I-E" to be complete, wide range of cancels and with some darker shades (not counted as such), one with bright purple cancel, general plating quality with faults to be expected

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE PLATE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE 2SH6P LILAC ISSUE OF 1883.

SG £14,000

15,540
0
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1027
 
Sale Number 913, Lot Number 1027, Great Britain1884, 5sh Carmine Rose (108; SG 180), 1884, 5sh Carmine Rose (108; SG 180)1884, 5sh Carmine Rose (108; SG 180). Virtually complete plate reconstruction of the 112 positions, lacking only fourteen to be complete, range of shades and cancels, general plating quality

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND ALMOST COMPLETE PLATING OF THE 5-SHILLING CARMINE ROSE 1884 ISSUE.

SG £17,640 with no premium for shades.

20,580
0
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1028
 
Sale Number 913, Lot Number 1028, Great Britain1884, 10sh Ultramarine (109; SG 183), 1884, 10sh Ultramarine (109; SG 183)1884, 10sh Ultramarine (109; SG 183). Partial plate reconstruction consisting of 45 positions, range of cancels, usual plating quality with some faults

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE PARTIAL PLATE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE 1884 10-SHILLING ULTRAMARINE ISSUE.

Due to the high catalogue value of the stamps this plate reconstruction is not usually attempted. The group offered here presents the buyer with an excellent start.

SG £20,250

23,625
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