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Sale 1152 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 25-28 April, 2017

Category — Great Britain - 1840-41 Line Engraved

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1
E
Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 1, Great Britain - 1840-41 Line EngravedGREAT BRITAIN, 1840s Charles Whiting Treasury Essay, GREAT BRITAIN, 1840s Charles Whiting Treasury EssayGREAT BRITAIN, 1840s Charles Whiting Treasury Essay. Measuring about 9 x 12in., ornately designed color with strong embossing showing four different essays on the front, reverse with "Printed by Charles Whiting for Protection Against Forgery" imprint in red and green, minor foxing and small edge faults such as scuff at left and tone spot at top, Fine and in better condition than typically seen

E. 300-400
350
2
og
Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 2, Great Britain - 1840-41 Line EngravedGREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2), GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2)GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2). Plate 6, lettered D-E, full original gum, large to ample margins, intense color and impression

VERY FINE. A HANDSOME ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1840 ONE-PENNY BLACK.

With 2014 Sismondo certificate. SG £13,500

13,500
2,300
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3
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Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 3, Great Britain - 1840-41 Line EngravedGREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2; SG Spec. AS15b), GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2; SG Spec. AS15b)GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2; SG Spec. AS15b). Plate 2, lettered S-I, slightly disturbed original gum that certificate notes "part original gum disturbed" which we feel is harsh as the gum covers nearly the entire back, mostly large to ample margins all around, showing an upper transfer shift, crisp impression on bright white paper

VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-PENNY BLACK.

With 2016 B.P.A. certificate. SG £12,500

12,500
4,500
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4
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Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 4, Great Britain - 1840-41 Line EngravedGREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2), GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2)GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2). Plate 6, lettered E-A, large part original gum, large margins to close but clearing at left, deep shade, strong impression, various faults, Very Fine appearance, a rare original-gum One Penny Black, with 2016 Brandon certificate, SG £13,500, Scott Retail $13,500.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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5
ng
Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 5, Great Britain - 1840-41 Line EngravedGREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2), GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2)GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2). Horizontal pair, plate 2, lettered I-I to I-J, unused (regummed), large to ample margins showing large parts of adjoining stamps at top, sharp impression, barest trace of toning and right stamp with minute scrape at bottom

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE UNUSED PAIR OF THE FAMOUS PENNY BLACK FROM PLATE 2.

With 2017 B.P.A. certificate. Catalogued with original gum. SG as singles £25,000. SG Specialised £55,000

55,000
3,750
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6
 
Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 6, Great Britain - 1840-41 Line EngravedGREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2), GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2)GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2). Plate 7, lettered A-D, huge margins with partial top imprint sheet margin, light strike of red Maltese Cross cancel, especially deep shade and proof-like impression, small repair in top margin ending in a small thin, Extremely Fine appearance, scarce with the partial imprint, SG £400

350
300
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7
 
Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 7, Great Britain - 1840-41 Line EngravedGREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2), GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2)GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG 2). Plate 1b, lettered I-D, huge to large margins all around, deep shade and highly detailed impression, light red Maltese Cross cancel, Extremely Fine, SG £375

325
160
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8
c
Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 8, Great Britain - 1840-41 Line EngravedGREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG Spec. AS25vd), GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG Spec. AS25vd)GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG Spec. AS25vd). Plate 5, lettered B-J, large margins to clear at bottom showing part of adjoining stamp at top, tied by magenta Maltese Cross cancel (SG A1vd) on 1841 folded letter from Preston to Lancaster, Preston Jan. 26 backstamp, file fold clear of stamp

FINE. A RARE USE OF THE PRESTON MAGENTA MALTESE CROSS CANCELLING A PENNY BLACK ON COVER.

Rockoff & Jackson record the Preston magenta Maltese Cross use from December 1840 to February 1841. With 2015 B.P.A. certificate. SG Specialised value

£ 15,000
1,000
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9
c
Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 9, Great Britain - 1840-41 Line EngravedGREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG Spec. AS15ve), GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG Spec. AS15ve)GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1; SG Spec. AS15ve). Plate 2, lettered K-I, large to ample margins, tied by ruby Maltese Cross cancel on 1840 folded letter from Aberdeen to London, Aberdeen Aug. 8 and London Aug. 9 backstamps, trivial flap faults, cover with some cleaned stains, otherwise Fine and rare, recorded in Rockoff & Jackson (page 407), SG Specialised value

£ 4,500
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10
 
Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 10, Great Britain - 1840-41 Line EngravedGREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 2p Blue (2; SG 4), GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 2p Blue (2; SG 4)GREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 2p Blue (2; SG 4). Plate 1, lettered K-A, four large margins, rich color and a deeply etched impression, black Maltese Cross cancel, Very Fine, SG £900

700
350
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11°
og
Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 11, Great Britain - 1840-41 Line EngravedGREAT BRITAIN, 1841, 1p Red Brown Printed From "Black Plate" (3 var; SG 7), GREAT BRITAIN, 1841, 1p Red Brown Printed From "Black Plate" (3 var; SG 7)GREAT BRITAIN, 1841, 1p Red Brown Printed From "Black Plate" (3 var; SG 7). Plate 8, lettered O-L, full original gum, lightly hinged, large margins including a sheet margin at right, gorgeous rich color on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A VISUALLY STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-PENNY RED PRINTED FROM THE BLACK PLATES.

In 1841 it was decided to change the color of the One Penny stamp from black to red, to prevent cleaning and re-use. The very first One Penny Red stamps were printed from seven plates (1b, 2, 5, 8, 9, 10, and 11) used for the One Penny Black stamp while the Black stamps were still being used. Shortly after, new plates for the One Penny Red stamp were made. Plate 8 is one of the scarcest of the seven plates

With 2015 R.P.S. certificate. SG value

£ 13,000
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Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 12, Great Britain - 1840-41 Line EngravedGREAT BRITAIN, 1841, 1p Red Brown, "A" Missing From Bottom Right Corner (3d; SG 12a), GREAT BRITAIN, 1841, 1p Red Brown, "A" Missing From Bottom Right Corner (3d; SG 12a)GREAT BRITAIN, 1841, 1p Red Brown, "A" Missing From Bottom Right Corner (3d; SG 12a). Plate 77, letter position B-(A), large margins to close (but clearing) at top right, very lightly cancelled, rich color, sharp impression

VERY FINE. A FABULOUS EXAMPLE OF THIS STRIKING AND VERY RARE ERROR.

When the first stamps from plate 77 were produced, the "A" from position "B-A" was missing. This unusual error is commonly known as the "B-blank" error. The error was soon discovered and corrected, which is known as Plate 77b. An example of the corrected variety is also included in this lot (it has a minor corner fault). Even the corrected variety is scarce and catalogues £1,900 in the Stanley Gibbons Specialised Catalogue (No. BS29b).

An immensely rare error, it is missing from many advanced Line Engraved Collections. Our firm has not offered one in the last thirty years. This example was last offered at auction in the 1962 Robson Lowe sale of Father Arnold Jordan S.J., where it was described as "The finest known example of this rarity."

With 1949 R.P.S. certificate. Catalogue values are solely for the B-blank error. SG £26,000

25,000
18,500
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