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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 — India - 1852 Scinde Dawk thru 1854 Lithograph Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3347°
 
Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3347, India - 1852 Scinde Dawk thru 1854 Lithograph IssuesINDIA, 1852, -1/2a Red, Scinde District Post (SG S3; Scott A3), INDIA, 1852, -1/2a Red, Scinde District Post (SG S3; Scott A3)INDIA, 1852, -1/2a Red, Scinde District Post (SG S3; Scott A3). Complete design, strong embossing, cancelled by diamond of dots and affixed on native piece, trace of datestamp on reverse, typical light cracking as always

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE RED "SCINDE DAWK". A KEY ITEM TO ANY EARLY INDIA COLLECTION.

The -1/2a Red Scinde Dawk was the first stamp issued in all of Asia. Because it was embossed on a wax wafer it had a tendency to crack (and often disintegrate). It was deemed unacceptable and quickly replaced with the white and blue stamps embossed on paper. The example offered here, completely intact, is among the very finest of the small number available.

Although the Scott catalog notes that two unused copies exist, current research suggests these were all cancelled by the postmaster prior to affixing on the letter, and that no genuine unused examples exists. One of the two previously thought unused copies received a recent negative B.P.A. certificate.

Ex Wilson. With 2012 B.P.A. certificate. Scott $26,000.00

£ 25,000
24,000
3348
E
Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3348, India - 1852 Scinde Dawk thru 1854 Lithograph IssuesINDIA, 1852, 1a "Gothic Head" Essay, INDIA, 1852, 1a "Gothic Head" EssayINDIA, 1852, 1a "Gothic Head" Essay. Printed in black, measuring 34 x 41mm, couple minute pinholes, Very Fine, signed Jal Cooper

E. 300-400
700
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3349
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Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3349, India - 1852 Scinde Dawk thru 1854 Lithograph IssuesINDIA, 1854, -1/2a Lion & Palm Tree Essay, INDIA, 1854, -1/2a Lion & Palm Tree EssayINDIA, 1854, -1/2a Lion & Palm Tree Essay. Printed in black, measuring 28 x 23mm, Very Fine, signed Jal Cooper

E. 300-400
700
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3350
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Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3350, India - 1852 Scinde Dawk thru 1854 Lithograph IssuesINDIA, 1854, -1/2a Blue (SG 2; Scott 2), INDIA, 1854, -1/2a Blue (SG 2; Scott 2)INDIA, 1854, -1/2a Blue (SG 2; Scott 2). Two singles, large margins to just touching, left stamp showing retouched eye, tied by diamond of dots cancel on 1855 folded letter to Haslemere, England, Simla Apr. 6 originating, Bombay, London and Liphook transit and Haslemere arrival backstamps, red "India" in oval, central file fold away from stamps, Fine, with 2012 B.P.A. certificate

E. 400-500
325
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3351
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Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3351, India - 1852 Scinde Dawk thru 1854 Lithograph IssuesINDIA, 1854, -1/2a Blue (SG 4; Scott 2), INDIA, 1854, -1/2a Blue (SG 4; Scott 2)INDIA, 1854, -1/2a Blue (SG 4; Scott 2). Huge margins, tied by diamond of dots cancel on 1855 registered folded letter to Bombay, manuscript "Stamped & Registered" on back where address is in English, Very Fine, a rare early registered cover, the -1/2a paid the postage and 4a registration was paid in cash

E. 400-500
325
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3352
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Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3352, India - 1852 Scinde Dawk thru 1854 Lithograph IssuesINDIA, 1854, -1/2a Blue (SG 6; Scott 2), INDIA, 1854, -1/2a Blue (SG 6; Scott 2)INDIA, 1854, -1/2a Blue (SG 6; Scott 2). Horizontal pair, large margins to just touching at top left, tied by diamond of dots cancel on 1855 cover to Cardiff, Wales, light red boxed Peshawar originating backstamp, red "India" in oval cancel, Bombay and London transit and Cardiff arrival backstamps, small scissor cut between stamps, Very Fine

E. 500-750
500
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3353
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Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3353, India - 1852 Scinde Dawk thru 1854 Lithograph IssuesINDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue, Essay (Spence 5), INDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue, Essay (Spence 5)INDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue, Essay (Spence 5). Head Die III, Frame Die II, huge margins including single blue line at top measuring 25 x 42mm, bright colors and strong impression, horizontal crease, Very Fine appearance, a rare essay

E. 500-750
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3354
P
Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3354, India - 1852 Scinde Dawk thru 1854 Lithograph IssuesINDIA, 1854, 4a Black, Proof (Spence 6a), INDIA, 1854, 4a Black, Proof (Spence 6a)INDIA, 1854, 4a Black, Proof (Spence 6a). Head Die III, Frame Die II, cut square, large to full margins, fresh and Very Fine, a rare proof of this popular first issue lithograph

E. 500-750
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3355°
 
Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3355, India - 1852 Scinde Dawk thru 1854 Lithograph IssuesINDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue, Head Inverted (SG 18a; Scott 6c), INDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue, Head Inverted (SG 18a; Scott 6c)INDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue, Head Inverted (SG 18a; Scott 6c). 1st Printing, Head Die I, Frame Die I, neatly cut to shape as most of the known examples, margins to touching in places, neat diamond of dots cancel, thin at top left and small tear at bottom (neither of which visually detracts)

FINE AND HANDSOME EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST CELEBRATED AND ICONIC POSTAGE STAMPS -- THE 1854 4-ANNA HEAD INVERTED ERROR. ONE OF ONLY 28 CONFIRMED EXAMPLES AND DESTINED FOR A WORLD-CLASS COLLECTION OF INDIA.

Of the 28 examples, three are cut square examples. A further six whose details are unclear and/or questionable since they haven't been on the market in many years - some dating back to the late 1890s and therefore may be duplicates and or fakes. As few as 23 examples are privately owned with five institutionalized.

Miraculously, no mention of this error was made until 1874 where an example was exhibited at a Royal Philatelic Society London meeting. Since then, this error has been a highly sought after item and examples have graced some of the finest collections of India ever formed.

Ex Griswold, Jatia and Sagar. Example XXV in Encyclopedia of Rare and Famous Stamps by L.N. Williams. Small "W.H.C." (Colson) backstamp. With 2002 B.P.A. and 2012 Sismondo certificates. Scott $165,000.00

£ 140,000
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3356
 
Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3356, India - 1852 Scinde Dawk thru 1854 Lithograph IssuesINDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue (SG 19 var; Scott 6 var), INDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue (SG 19 var; Scott 6 var)INDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue (SG 19 var; Scott 6 var). 2nd Printing, Head Die II, Frame Die I, cut square with large to full margins, showing printing flaw in "FO" of "FOUR", beautifully struck blue diamond of dots cancel and light manuscript, light horizontal crease, Very Fine appearance, with 2011 R.P.S. certificate, catalogued as normal, Scott $500.00

£ 700
475
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3357
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Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3357, India - 1852 Scinde Dawk thru 1854 Lithograph IssuesINDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue (SG 19; Scott 6), INDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue (SG 19; Scott 6)INDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue (SG 19; Scott 6). 2nd Printing, Head Die II, Frame Die I, two cut square examples tied on reverse, margins to touching, used with -1/2a Blue (SG 2; Scott 2), margins to touching, on front and tied by diamond of dots cancel on small 1855 folded cover to London, England, boxed Ootacamund Aug. 7, 1855 originating backstamp, red "India Paid" in crescent, London arrival on front, both 4a were cut thru when opened and have been reaffixed to original position, Fine appearance, with 2011 R.P.S. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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3358
 
Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3358, India - 1852 Scinde Dawk thru 1854 Lithograph IssuesINDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue (SG 21b; Scott 6), INDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue (SG 21b; Scott 6)INDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue (SG 21b; Scott 6). 3rd Printing, Head Die IIIA, Frame Die I, cut square, ample margins to just touching frameline, rich colors, diamond of dots and trace of red cancels, Fine and scarce, with 2007 R.P.S. certificate, ex Smith, SG value

£ 3,250
1,000
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3359
 
Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3359, India - 1852 Scinde Dawk thru 1854 Lithograph IssuesINDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue (SG 23; Scott 6), INDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue (SG 23; Scott 6)INDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue (SG 23; Scott 6). 4th Printing, Head Die III, Frame Die II, cut square with large margins all around, trace of corner crease, otherwise Very Fine, Scott $500.00

£ 550
425
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3360
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Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3360, India - 1852 Scinde Dawk thru 1854 Lithograph IssuesINDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue (SG 23; Scott 6), INDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue (SG 23; Scott 6)INDIA, 1854, 4a Red & Blue (SG 23; Scott 6). 4th Printing, Head Die III, Frame Die II, cut square, full margins to just barely touching at top, tied by barred "199" of Bijnaur along with blue manuscript "Stamped 4 annas" on 1856 cover to Stamford, England, red boxed "India Paid", Moradabad originating, Agra and Bombay transit and Stamford arrival backstamps, London transit on front, cover with slight discoloration and small nick at top left away from stamp, Very Fine, with 2012 B.P.A. certificate

E. 500-750
750
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3361
 
Sale Number 1143, Lot Number 3361, India - 1852 Scinde Dawk thru 1854 Lithograph IssuesINDIA, 1854, 2a Green (SG 31; Scott 5), INDIA, 1854, 2a Green (SG 31; Scott 5)INDIA, 1854, 2a Green (SG 31; Scott 5). Horizontal strip of three, margins to touching in places, cancelled by "thick" large dots (Jal Cooper Ty. 1a var) and manuscript, small faults incl. horizontal crease, Fine, Cooper states "examples are very rare"

E. 750-1,000
700
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