FINE. AN INCREDIBLY RARE USE OF THE 1854 FOUR-ANNA ISSUE USED FROM SINGAPORE TO SWITZERLAND.
Any uses of Indian stamps originating in the Straits Settlements is scarce and desirable, even more so with this scarce destination to Switzerland.
VERY FINE. A HANDSOME EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-SHILLING BRIGHT RED VIOLET.
From the World Traveler Collection. With 2015 Sismondo certificate. SG £4,500. Unitrade C$8,000.00
VERY FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 8-PENCE ORANGE.
This is one of the most elusive stamps of New South Wales, particularly in original-gum condition.
From the World Traveler Collection. Signed Kneitschel and with 2015 Sismondo certificate. SG £15,000
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A STRIKING UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE REUNION 1852 30-CENTIMES BLACK ON BLUE.
In 1852, Reunion was supplied with their first adhesive stamps. They were General French Colonies issues that were given to all the Colonies of France. However there were no 15c or 30c stamps to fulfill the 30c and 45c rates. Because it would take a long time for any new stamps to reach Reunion, it was decided to print new stamps locally. This same phenomenon occurred on other isolated islands throughout the world, such as Hawaii, Mauritius and Fiji, where the local printers produced the first stamps of the country, using much more primitive methods than more prosperous countries that had been producing stamps for several years. These typographed stamps of Reunion were printed on very thin pelure paper that often had irregularities such as wood pulp inclusions and pinholes.
These stamps proved to be unpopular with the local population, primarily due to the fact that they were issued without gum. A small number were used and the remainders were eventually destroyed, leaving scant few unused available today. Due to the crude printing methods, nearly every example has a fault to some degree, with many possessing several faults and/or repairs. This copy, from the David B Markowitz collection, is clearly superior to the vast majority.
Ex Wyer. Signed Calves and with 2015 Scheller certificate. Yvert €45,000
VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE SAMOA "1 SHILLING" VARIETY. ONLY 35 WERE PRINTED AND VERY FEW ARE KNOWN TO HAVE SURVIVED.
During the World War II bombing of London, a major holding of Samoa G.R.I. stamps suffered water damage and were subsequently carefully washed. This stamp is quite likely from that holding.
Signed A. Diena. With 1968 R.P.S. and 2012 Sismondo certificates. SG £11,000
FINE APPEARANCE. A VERY RARE MULTIPLE OF THE 1859 2-PENCE PRINTED ON BOTH SIDES. AN IMPORTANT EXHIBITION ITEM.
With 1987 Holcombe certificate. Catalogue values are as six singles. SG £3,300
VERY FINE AND WONDERFULLY CHOICE. ONLY ONE SHEET OF 60 STAMPS WAS PRINTED.
Easily one of the finest examples known of this rare stamp. With 1979 R.P.S. certificate. SG £6,500