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Sale 1159 — 2017 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 27 June, 2017

Category — Worldwide Stamps and Covers, Hong Kong thru Newfoundland

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
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Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 345, Worldwide Stamps and Covers, Hong Kong thru NewfoundlandHONG KONG, 1879, 3c on 5c on 18c Lilac (35C; SG P3), HONG KONG, 1879, 3c on 5c on 18c Lilac (35C; SG P3)HONG KONG, 1879, 3c on 5c on 18c Lilac (35C; SG P3). Unused and affixed to post card as issued, "Via Brindisi & London" crossed out as usual, exceptionally fresh

VERY FINE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1879 DOUBLE SURCHARGED 18-CENTS POSTAL CARD. A MAJOR HONG KONG RARITY ON COMPLETE CARD.

SG £9,000

8,500
6,000
346°
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Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 346, Worldwide Stamps and Covers, Hong Kong thru NewfoundlandLABUAN, 1880, 8c on 12c Carmine, Missing Right Foot in Second Chinese Character (12e; SG 11d), LABUAN, 1880, 8c on 12c Carmine, Missing Right Foot in Second Chinese Character (12e; SG 11d)LABUAN, 1880, 8c on 12c Carmine, Missing Right Foot in Second Chinese Character (12e; SG 11d). Position R2/3, watermark reversed, original gum, unusually well-centered, strong color, Fine, a rarely offered variety, with 2000 B.P.A. certificate, SG £3,750

3,900
1,700
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347°
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Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 347, Worldwide Stamps and Covers, Hong Kong thru NewfoundlandLABUAN, 1881, 8c on 12c Carmine, Inverted Surcharge (14b; SG 15b), LABUAN, 1881, 8c on 12c Carmine, Inverted Surcharge (14b; SG 15b)LABUAN, 1881, 8c on 12c Carmine, Inverted Surcharge (14b; SG 15b). Position 2 from the unique sheet of ten, original gum, well-centered, rich color

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE KEY ERROR RARITIES OF LABUAN. ONLY ONE SHEET OF TEN STAMPS WAS PRINTED WITH THE INVERTED SURCHARGE.

Of the single sheet of ten, two stamps (forming a pair) reside in the Royal Collection.

With 1938 R.P.S. certificate. Ex Cassells and Sentosa. SG £12,000

16,000
4,750
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348°
 
Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 348, Worldwide Stamps and Covers, Hong Kong thru NewfoundlandLABUAN, 1885, 2c on 16c Blue, Double Surcharge (27a; SG 25a), LABUAN, 1885, 2c on 16c Blue, Double Surcharge (27a; SG 25a)LABUAN, 1885, 2c on 16c Blue, Double Surcharge (27a; SG 25a). Position 4 from the unique sheet of ten, light oval bar cancel, deep color, well-centered

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE EXTRAORDINARILY RARE LABUAN 1885 2-CENT ON 16-CENT DOUBLE SURCHARGE. ONE OF ONLY FOUR KNOWN, ALL OF WHICH ARE USED.

Two of the other known copies have perforations faults.

Ex Lahner. Illustrated in the Robson Lowe Encyclopedia (when it was in a pair with position 5). SG £7,000

7,500
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349°
 
Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 349, Worldwide Stamps and Covers, Hong Kong thru NewfoundlandLABUAN, 1891, 6c on 40c Ocher (32; SG 38), LABUAN, 1891, 6c on 40c Ocher (32; SG 38)LABUAN, 1891, 6c on 40c Ocher (32; SG 38). Horizontal pair with 2mm spacing, positions 6-7 on the sheet of ten, tied on piece with North Borneo 1891 6c on 8c Yellow Green (SG 55) by oval of bars, part red London registry datestamp just ties the right stamp, registration line just affects the left stamp

FINE AND UNIQUE. THE ONLY RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE RARE LABUAN 1891 6-CENT ON 40-CENT OCHER.

Ex Caspary and Bickly. With 2012 B.P.A. certificate. Catalogue values are as singles. SG £10,000

11,500
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350°
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Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 350, Worldwide Stamps and Covers, Hong Kong thru NewfoundlandMAURITIUS, 1848 Perkins, Bacon & Co. Britannia Master Die Proof, MAURITIUS, 1848 Perkins, Bacon & Co. Britannia Master Die ProofMAURITIUS, 1848 Perkins, Bacon & Co. Britannia Master Die Proof. Printed in black with blank country tablet at bottom on card measuring 69 x 90mm, wonderfully bold color and razor-sharp impression, couple insignificant thin spots

VERY FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARY PERKINS, BACON & CO. MASTER DIE PROOF OF THE BRITANNIA ISSUE WITH BLANK COUNTRY TABLET. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BRITISH COMMONWEALTH PROOFS AND A KEY TO AN AWARD-WINNING EXHIBITION. WE ARE AWARE OF ONLY ONE OTHER SIMILAR EXAMPLE.

The story of the Britannia design is fascinating, and was told by The Rev. C. S. Morton in the December 1924 Issue of The London Philatelist. In late 1847 it was first suggested that Mauritius should obtain stamps from the Colonial Agent in London. In early 1848 the Colonial Secretary wrote for the need for 10,000 stamps that could be easily distinguished from those used at the General Post Office in England.

In June 1848 the firm Perkins, Bacon & Co. responded to the inquiry, noting that letterpress, woodcut and lithography were all inexpensive printing methods but were susceptible to forgery. The cost to prepare engraved dies and plates with different denominations would be very high for such a small quantity. It was proposed that the same design could be printed in different colors to distinguish between different rates, which would lower costs. Earl Gray noted on the Perkins Bacon letter ”Might not the same stamps be made to do for Trinidad?” The design was issued in three colors for Mauritius and two colors for Trinidad. Barbados would use the same design three years later.

The artist Edward Henry Courbold was selected to provide a watercolor of the design that had been suggested and approved. This watercolor and a master die proof similar to the one offered here are part of The Royal Collection. Two additional master die proofs are also known. The other was offered in the 1993 Kanai Mauritius sale. They can be distinguished from the die proofs with the country names inserted because the die sinkage area is noticeably larger on the master die proofs.

E. 15,000-20,000
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Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 351, Worldwide Stamps and Covers, Hong Kong thru NewfoundlandNEVIS, 1861, 6p Gray Lilac on Grayish Paper (7; SG 3), NEVIS, 1861, 6p Gray Lilac on Grayish Paper (7; SG 3)NEVIS, 1861, 6p Gray Lilac on Grayish Paper (7; SG 3). Sheet of twelve with top selvage, original gum, five stamps Mint N.H., fresh color, barest trace of toning between top left vertical pair

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE SHEET OF THE 1861 6-PENCE GRAY LILAC ON GRAYISH PAPER.

It should be noted that the Scott Catalogue value for this issue is without gum. Original-gum stamps are quite scarce, and the five Mint N.H. examples in this sheets are truly rare.

Ex Ferrary and Avery. Illustrated in Melville and Borromeo & Freeland

E. 3,000-4,000
2,600
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352°
 
Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 352, Worldwide Stamps and Covers, Hong Kong thru NewfoundlandNEW BRITAIN, 1914, 1sh on 1m Carmine to 5sh on 5m Kaiser Yacht Surcharges (39-42; SG 59-62), NEW BRITAIN, 1914, 1sh on 1m Carmine to 5sh on 5m Kaiser Yacht Surcharges (39-42; SG 59-62)NEW BRITAIN, 1914, 1sh on 1m Carmine to 5sh on 5m Kaiser Yacht Surcharges (39-42; SG 59-62). Set of Mark values, each with 4mm spacing from Gibbs setting V, tied to large piece by sharp strikes of violet oval Rabual Jan 14, 1915 datestamps, bright colors

VERY FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARY AND LIKELY UNIQUE SET OF SURCHARGE MARK VALUES FROM THE LATE SETTING ON ONE PIECE. ONE OF THE GREAT SHOWPIECE RARITIES OF NEW BRITAIN.

The surcharge on these four stamps was applied by the same device, with the value changed as needed. They all show identical flaws in the "R".

With 2015 B.P.A. certificate. SG £33,500

34,750
25,000
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353°
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Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 353, Worldwide Stamps and Covers, Hong Kong thru NewfoundlandNEW BRITAIN, 1914, 1sh on 1m Carmine (39; SG 59), NEW BRITAIN, 1914, 1sh on 1m Carmine (39; SG 59)NEW BRITAIN, 1914, 1sh on 1m Carmine (39; SG 59). Position 2 from the third setting (showing characteristic small periods after "R" and "I"), lightly hinged, excellent centering, rich color, small inclusion in margin

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN IMPRESSIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 1914 ONE-SHILLING SURCHARGE ON THE ONE-MARK MARSHALL ISLANDS STAMP. ONLY 85 WERE ISSUED.

With 1987 R.P.S. certificate. SG £4,000

4,100
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354
c
Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 354, Worldwide Stamps and Covers, Hong Kong thru NewfoundlandNEWFOUNDLAND, 1919, 3c Red Brown, Hawker Air Post (C1; SG 142), NEWFOUNDLAND, 1919, 3c Red Brown, Hawker Air Post (C1; SG 142)NEWFOUNDLAND, 1919, 3c Red Brown, Hawker Air Post (C1; SG 142). Well-centered, tied by "St. John's Nfld. Apr. 12, 1919 2-PM" machine cancel on cover to West Malvern, England, manuscript "per Aeroplane", official seal affixed to back flap and cancelled by London circular datestamp, cover with small tear at bottom, stamp has been lifted and replaced to original position (likely due to water damage from flight)

VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE NEWFOUNDLAND AIR POST ISSUE. ONLY 95 STAMPS WERE USED AND FEWER STILL ARE KNOWN ON FLIGHT COVERs.

This flight famously ended with a controlled crash landing in the ocean after about 13 hours of flying. Postmaster J. A. Robinson of St. John's overprinted 200 stamps for the special flight. No more than 87 unused stamps can still exist, though the actual number of surviving copies is probably quite lower. In addition to these, 95 were used and 18 were defective and subsequently destroyed.

With 1971 B.P.A. (not mentioning stamp being lifted) and 1983 E. Diena certificate. Unitrade C$35,000.00

25,000
12,500
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355
c
Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 355, Worldwide Stamps and Covers, Hong Kong thru NewfoundlandNEWFOUNDLAND, 1927, 60c Black, De Pinedo Air Post (C4; SG 163), NEWFOUNDLAND, 1927, 60c Black, De Pinedo Air Post (C4; SG 163)NEWFOUNDLAND, 1927, 60c Black, De Pinedo Air Post (C4; SG 163). Excellent centering, tied by neat "St. Johns, N'fld. May 20, 1927" machine cancel on cover to Naples, Italy, usual faint strike of "Trepassy Newfld MY 21, 1927" datestamp, Rome transit and Naples arrival backstamps, cover with vertical file fold well clear of stamp

VERY FINE. AN IMPORTANT NEWFOUNDLAND AIR POST RARITY. ONLY 225 DE PINEDO STAMPS WERE USED ON FLIGHT COVERS, OF WHICH ONLY ABOUT 100 HAVE SURVIVED.

Signed Kessler. With 1984 Rendon and 1997 Greene Foundation certificates. Unitrade C$30,000.00

20,000
7,500
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356°
TC
Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 356, Worldwide Stamps and Covers, Hong Kong thru NewfoundlandNEWFOUNDLAND, 1933, 5c-75c Air Post, Die Proofs in Black (C13TC-C17TC; SG 230TC-234TC), NEWFOUNDLAND, 1933, 5c-75c Air Post, Die Proofs in Black (C13TC-C17TC; SG 230TC-234TC)NEWFOUNDLAND, 1933, 5c-75c Air Post, Die Proofs in Black (C13TC-C17TC; SG 230TC-234TC). 65 x 55mm on watermarked paper showing reversed die numbers, 10c with minor marks, 30c with insignificant crease in margin

VERY FINE. A HANDSOME SET OF THE 1933 AIR POST ISSUE DIE PROOFS IN BLACK. ONLY THREE SUCH SETS CAN EXIST.

This is the first set of these proofs we have offered since keeping computerized records

E. 3,000-4,000
3,750
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