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Sale 1143 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History, Featuring The Irwin Weinberg Inventory

Sale Date — Wednesday-Friday, 16-18 November, 2016

Category — British Guiana

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3144°
 
Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3144, British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1850, 8c Black on Green, "Cotton Reel" (4; SG 4), BRITISH GUIANA, 1850, 8c Black on Green, "Cotton Reel" (4; SG 4)BRITISH GUIANA, 1850, 8c Black on Green, "Cotton Reel" (4; SG 4). Thin frame, cut round, initialed "E. D. W." (Edmond Dalzell Wight, clerk to the Colonial Post Office), strong paper color, lightly cancelled by Dec. 13, 1850 Demerara circular datestamp, usual thinning

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 1850 8-CENTS COTTON REEL. ONE OF THE MOST RECOGNIZABLE AND ICONIC STAMPS IN ALL OF PHILATELY.

The first stamps of British Guiana were issued in July 1850, in denominations of 2c, 4c, 8c and 12c. They were printed at the offices of the Royal Gazette of British Guiana newspaper. Quickly produced from printer’s type and a printer’s rule bent into a crude circle, the stamps earned the nickname “Cotton Reel” from collectors because they look similar to labels on the wooden ends of a reel of cotton thread. Each stamp was initialed as a control to prevent either theft or counterfeiting. The “E.D.W.” initials of Edmond D. Wight also appear on the famous 1c Magenta British Guiana stamp.

The impression, initials and cancel on this particular example are all much finer and clearer than typically found.

Ex Ferrary, Towne and Granger. With 1970 B.P.A. certificate. SG £16,000

15,000
13,000
3145
 
Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3145, British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1850, 8c Black on Green, "Cotton Reel" (4; SG 4), BRITISH GUIANA, 1850, 8c Black on Green, "Cotton Reel" (4; SG 4)BRITISH GUIANA, 1850, 8c Black on Green, "Cotton Reel" (4; SG 4). Cut to shape with portions of the circular rim, initialed "E.D.W." (Edmond Dalzell Wight, clerk to the Colonial Post Office), partially legible circular datestamp from May 1851, faults incl. color staining and thinned

NEARLY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1850 8-CENT COTTON REEL. ONE OF THE CLASSIC AND ICONIC RARITIES OF WORLDWIDE PHILATELY.

The first stamps of British Guiana were issued in July 1850, in denominations of 2c, 4c, 8c and 12c. They were printed at the offices of the Royal Gazette of British Guiana newspaper. Quickly produced from printer’s type and a printer’s rule bent into a crude circle, the stamps earned the nickname “Cotton Reel” from collectors because they look similar to labels on the wooden ends of a reel of cotton thread. Each stamp was initialed as a control to prevent either theft or counterfeiting. The “E.D.W.” initials of Edmond D. Wight also appear on the famous 1c Magenta British Guiana stamp.

From our 1965 Rarities of the World sale. SG £16,000.

15,000
3,250
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3146°
 
Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3146, British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1850, 12c Black on Indigo, "Cotton Reel" (5b; SG 6), BRITISH GUIANA, 1850, 12c Black on Indigo, "Cotton Reel" (5b; SG 6)BRITISH GUIANA, 1850, 12c Black on Indigo, "Cotton Reel" (5b; SG 6). With thick rule and break over first "I" of "BRITISH", initialed "E. D. W." (Edmond Dalzell Wight, clerk to the Colonial Post Office), cut to shape with large margins around, deep paper color, December 1, 1851 Demerara circular datestamp, trivial paper flaws which are practically unavoidable on this issue

VERY FINE. A HIGHLY DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 1850 12-CENT INDIGO ''COTTON REEL". IN FAR BETTER CONDITION THAN USUALLY FOUND.

It should be noted that the du Pont collection had nineteen used 12c Cotton Reels, but only one was in the true indigo color.

With 1932 R.P.S. certificate ("genuine and not repaired"). SG £13,000

9,250
9,000
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3147
 
Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3147, British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1852, 1c Black on Magenta (6; SG 9), BRITISH GUIANA, 1852, 1c Black on Magenta (6; SG 9)BRITISH GUIANA, 1852, 1c Black on Magenta (6; SG 9). Huge margins all around, light portion of 1852 cancel, small thins, but without the surface rubbing or cracking that affects most of these, Extremely Fine appearance and in far better condition than the vast majority, SG £5,500

6,750
2,900
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3148
 
Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3148, British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1852, 4c Black on Blue (7; SG 10), BRITISH GUIANA, 1852, 4c Black on Blue (7; SG 10)BRITISH GUIANA, 1852, 4c Black on Blue (7; SG 10). Large margins including sheet-margin at bottom, light cancel, some repaired faults which include thinning and small nick at bottom in margin, Fine appearance, an affordable example of this scarce stamp, signed Pfenninger, with 1981 A.P.S. certificate, SG £12,000, Scott Retail $13,000.00

E. 750-1,000
1,200
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3149
 
Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3149, British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1856, 4c Black on Magenta (14; SG 24), BRITISH GUIANA, 1856, 4c Black on Magenta (14; SG 24)BRITISH GUIANA, 1856, 4c Black on Magenta (14; SG 24). Cut to shape, light Demerara cancel, some minor surface rubbing, but much less than often encountered on this extremely rare stamp, Fine appearance, SG £25,000

25,000
5,000
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3150
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Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3150, British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1860, 8c Rose (20; SG 35), BRITISH GUIANA, 1860, 8c Rose (20; SG 35)BRITISH GUIANA, 1860, 8c Rose (20; SG 35). Unused, brilliant color, full intact perforations (uncharacteristic of this issue), Fine, signed A. Diena, SG £750

825
300
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3151
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Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3151, British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1862-65, 12c Lilac, Perf 12-1/2-13 (32; SG 55), BRITISH GUIANA, 1862-65, 12c Lilac, Perf 12-1/2-13 (32; SG 55)BRITISH GUIANA, 1862-65, 12c Lilac, Perf 12-1/2-13 (32; SG 55). Original gum, h.r., uncommonly well-centered, Very Fine, a scarce stamp in this choice original-gum quality, signed A. Diena, SG £1,100

1,200
425
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3152
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Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3152, British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1862-65, 24c Green, Perf 12-1/2-13 (33; SG 56), BRITISH GUIANA, 1862-65, 24c Green, Perf 12-1/2-13 (33; SG 56)BRITISH GUIANA, 1862-65, 24c Green, Perf 12-1/2-13 (33; SG 56). Original gum, lightly hinged, choice centering, Very Fine, signed A. Brun, SG £750

875
475
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3153
 
Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3153, British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1862, 2c Black on Yellow, Wrong Ornament at Top (39 var; SG 120c), BRITISH GUIANA, 1862, 2c Black on Yellow, Wrong Ornament at Top (39 var; SG 120c)BRITISH GUIANA, 1862, 2c Black on Yellow, Wrong Ornament at Top (39 var; SG 120c). Wide margins and well-centered, light barred numeral cancel, shallow thin, Very Fine appearance, a scarce variety, SG value

£ 800
250
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3154
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Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3154, British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1863, 24c Yellow Green, Perf 12 (63; SG 77), BRITISH GUIANA, 1863, 24c Yellow Green, Perf 12 (63; SG 77)BRITISH GUIANA, 1863, 24c Yellow Green, Perf 12 (63; SG 77). Well-centered, tied by Georgetown Dec. 1865 and "A03" duplex datestamp on folded cover to Stirling, Scotland, London transit, Stirling arrival backstamp, Very Fine

E. 200-300
225
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3155
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Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3155, British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1878, (1c) on 6c Chocolate (84; SG 142), BRITISH GUIANA, 1878, (1c) on 6c Chocolate (84; SG 142)BRITISH GUIANA, 1878, (1c) on 6c Chocolate (84; SG 142). Original gum, h.r., tiny gum bend, well-centered and fresh, Very Fine, SG £425

450
110
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3156
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Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3156, British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1878, (1c) on 4c Ultramarine (85; SG 144), BRITISH GUIANA, 1878, (1c) on 4c Ultramarine (85; SG 144)BRITISH GUIANA, 1878, (1c) on 4c Ultramarine (85; SG 144). Large part original gum, well-centered, remarkably fresh, with intense color on pristine white paper, Very Fine, SG £400

425
140
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3157
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Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3157, British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1881, 2c on 12c Lilac (98; SG 156), BRITISH GUIANA, 1881, 2c on 12c Lilac (98; SG 156)BRITISH GUIANA, 1881, 2c on 12c Lilac (98; SG 156). Original gum, h.r., excellent centering and color, Very Fine, SG £700

750
160
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3158
 
Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3158, British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1882, 1c Black on Lilac Rose, Ship with Three Masts, Without Perforated "Specimen" (103b; SG 164a), BRITISH GUIANA, 1882, 1c Black on Lilac Rose, Ship with Three Masts, Without Perforated "Specimen" (103b; SG 164a)BRITISH GUIANA, 1882, 1c Black on Lilac Rose, Ship with Three Masts, Without Perforated "Specimen" (103b; SG 164a). Large generous margins, lightly cancelled, Very Fine and choice, SG £550

600
190
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3159
ngbl
Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3159, British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1882, 1c Black on Magenta (103-104; SG 162, 164), BRITISH GUIANA, 1882, 1c Black on Magenta (103-104; SG 162, 164)BRITISH GUIANA, 1882, 1c Black on Magenta (103-104; SG 162, 164). Complete unused pane of twelve (second setting, first printing), position 7 "1" with foot variety (SG 162c), a few mild creases, otherwise fresh and Fine-Very Fine, SG value without the 20% se-tenant premium

£ 1,005
500
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3160
ngbl
Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3160, British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1882, 2c Black on Yellow (105-106; SG 163, 165), BRITISH GUIANA, 1882, 2c Black on Yellow (105-106; SG 163, 165)BRITISH GUIANA, 1882, 2c Black on Yellow (105-106; SG 163, 165). Complete unused pane of twelve (Second setting, second printing), rejoined between third and fourth rows, includes four of the small "2" variety (three SG 163b, one SG 165c), small fault including some minor toned spots at bottom, Fine-Very Fine appearance, a scarce full pane, SG value without the 20% se-tenant premium

£ 1,315
400
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