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Sale 1152 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

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

Category — British Guiana thru British Honduras

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
327°
 
Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 327, British Guiana thru British HondurasBRITISH 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 round, initialed "E. D. W." (Edmond Dalzell Wight, clerk to the Colonial Post Office), deep paper color, neatly cancelled by July 13, 1851 Demerara circular datestamp, trivial small thin at bottom right

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 overall condition of this example is far superior to most. Its impression, initials and cancel are all quite clear. Most have faults much more severe than the inconsequential tiny thin this stamp has.

Ex Ferrary (with his distinctive trefoil handstamp on reverse). With 2015 B.P.A. certificate. SG £16,000

16,000
10,500
328
 
Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 328, British Guiana thru British HondurasBRITISH 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, initialed "E. D. W." (Edmond Dalzell Wight, clerk to the Colonial Post Office), affixed to piece by wafer and tied by light double-circle datestamp, margins mostly clear but just touching in couple of places

FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1850 8-CENTS COTTON REEL. ONE OF THE MOST RECOGNIZABLE AND ICONIC STAMPS IN ALL OF PHILATELY. ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN SOUND CONDITION.

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.

With 1968 Friedl certificate. SG £16,000

16,000
7,000
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329
 
Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 329, British Guiana thru British HondurasBRITISH 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). Three large margins, just into the frameline at top, usual surface cracks, an attempt was made top paint over these at top, Fine appearance, a presentable example of this rare stamp which invariably comes with surface faults, SG £12,000, Scott Retail $13,000

E. 750-1,000
650
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330
 
Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 330, British Guiana thru British HondurasBRITISH GUIANA, 1853, 1c Vermilion, Without Line Above Value (8; SG 11), BRITISH GUIANA, 1853, 1c Vermilion, Without Line Above Value (8; SG 11)BRITISH GUIANA, 1853, 1c Vermilion, Without Line Above Value (8; SG 11). Huge to large margins, vibrant color and crisp impression, Very Fine and choice, SG £1,700

1,750
300
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331
 
Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 331, British Guiana thru British HondurasBRITISH GUIANA, 1853, 1c Vermilion, Without Line Above Value (8; SG 11), BRITISH GUIANA, 1853, 1c Vermilion, Without Line Above Value (8; SG 11)BRITISH GUIANA, 1853, 1c Vermilion, Without Line Above Value (8; SG 11). Large to full margins, a little closer at top right, brilliant color and a well incised impression, light central Demerara circular datestamp, Very Fine, SG £1,700

1,750
400
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332
 
Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 332, British Guiana thru British HondurasBRITISH GUIANA, 1853, 1c Red, Type III (9b; SG 16), BRITISH GUIANA, 1853, 1c Red, Type III (9b; SG 16)BRITISH GUIANA, 1853, 1c Red, Type III (9b; SG 16). Three large margins, close but easily clears at top, light Demarara circular datestamps, attractive color, Very Fine, a seldom offered stamp, with 2002 Sismondo certificate, SG £2,500

2,750
850
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333
 
Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 333, British Guiana thru British HondurasBRITISH GUIANA, 1855, 10c Pale Blue, White Line Above Value (10b; SG 20), BRITISH GUIANA, 1855, 10c Pale Blue, White Line Above Value (10b; SG 20)BRITISH GUIANA, 1855, 10c Pale Blue, White Line Above Value (10b; SG 20). Large to full margins all around, fresh color, light circular datestamp, Very Fine, with 1985 Brandon certificate, SG £700

750
190
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334
 
Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 334, British Guiana thru British HondurasBRITISH GUIANA, 1855, 4p Pale Blue, White Line Above Value (10b; SG 20), BRITISH GUIANA, 1855, 4p Pale Blue, White Line Above Value (10b; SG 20)BRITISH GUIANA, 1855, 4p Pale Blue, White Line Above Value (10b; SG 20). Three large margins, close but clears at right, light Georgetown circular datestamp, faint trace of a tiny crease, otherwise Very Fine, with 2016 B.P.A. certificate, SG £700

750
150
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335
 
Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 335, British Guiana thru British HondurasBRITISH GUIANA, 1862, 4c Black on Blue (41; SG 124), BRITISH GUIANA, 1862, 4c Black on Blue (41; SG 124)BRITISH GUIANA, 1862, 4c Black on Blue (41; SG 124). Large to close margins (roulettes trimmed as typical), circular datestamp cancel, Fine, scarce, SG £1,400

1,400
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336
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Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 336, British Guiana thru British HondurasBRITISH GUIANA, 1862, 4c Black on Blue, "1" for "I" in "British" (42 var; SG 123ba), BRITISH GUIANA, 1862, 4c Black on Blue, "1" for "I" in "British" (42 var; SG 123ba)BRITISH GUIANA, 1862, 4c Black on Blue, "1" for "I" in "British" (42 var; SG 123ba). Unused (no gum), position R 2/5, margins to just touching design at bottom (roulettes trimmed), small thin spot at top as often the case for this delicate paper, Fine appearance, a rare variety in unused condition, with 2016 B.P.A. certificate, SG value

£ 11,000
1,500
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337
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Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 337, British Guiana thru British HondurasBRITISH GUIANA, 1862, 4c Black on Blue (43; SG 122), BRITISH GUIANA, 1862, 4c Black on Blue (43; SG 122)BRITISH GUIANA, 1862, 4c Black on Blue (43; SG 122). Unused (no gum), full margins to close (roulettes trimmed), strong paper color, Fine, an especially rare unused stamp, signed Bloch, SG 6,000

6,500
800
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338
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Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 338, British Guiana thru British HondurasBRITISH GUIANA, 1878 (2c) on 8c Rose (88A; SG 148), BRITISH GUIANA, 1878 (2c) on 8c Rose (88A; SG 148)BRITISH GUIANA, 1878 (2c) on 8c Rose (88A; SG 148). Original gum, well-centered, fresh color, Very Fine, SG £550

600
150
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339
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Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 339, British Guiana thru British HondurasBRITISH GUIANA, 1951, $1.00 Bright Violet, Perf 14x13 (239a; SG 317a), BRITISH GUIANA, 1951, $1.00 Bright Violet, Perf 14x13 (239a; SG 317a)BRITISH GUIANA, 1951, $1.00 Bright Violet, Perf 14x13 (239a; SG 317a). Lightly hinged, exceptionally fresh, Fine, SG £550

300
110
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340
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Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 340, British Guiana thru British HondurasBRITISH HONDURAS, 1891, 5c on 3c on 3p Brown, "Five" and Bar Double (35a; SG 49b), BRITISH HONDURAS, 1891, 5c on 3c on 3p Brown, "Five" and Bar Double (35a; SG 49b)BRITISH HONDURAS, 1891, 5c on 3c on 3p Brown, "Five" and Bar Double (35a; SG 49b). Original gum, showing additional variety wide space between "V" and "E", rich color, Fine and scarce, SG £375

450
130
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341
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Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 341, British Guiana thru British HondurasBRITISH HONDURAS, 1935, 4p Jubilee, Double Flagstaff (SG 144e), BRITISH HONDURAS, 1935, 4p Jubilee, Double Flagstaff (SG 144e)BRITISH HONDURAS, 1935, 4p Jubilee, Double Flagstaff (SG 144e). H.r., rich colors on fresh paper, Very Fine, SG value

£ 400
170
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342
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Sale Number 1152, Lot Number 342, British Guiana thru British HondurasBRITISH HONDURAS, 1935, 25c Jubilee, Extra Flagstaff (SG 146a), BRITISH HONDURAS, 1935, 25c Jubilee, Extra Flagstaff (SG 146a)BRITISH HONDURAS, 1935, 25c Jubilee, Extra Flagstaff (SG 146a). Mint N.H. bottom left selvage block of four, top left stamp the variety, rich colors, Very Fine, SG value as hinged

£ 250
110
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