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Sale 1194 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 4-5 December, 2018

Category — British Central Africa thru British Honduras

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2120
c
Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2120, British Central Africa thru British HondurasBRITISH CENTRAL AFRICA, 1891-95, 1p Black, 2p Gray Green & Vermilion, 4p Red Brown & Black, 6p Dark Blue (1-3, 5; SG 1-3, 5), BRITISH CENTRAL AFRICA, 1891-95, 1p Black, 2p Gray Green & Vermilion, 4p Red Brown & Black, 6p Dark Blue (1-3, 5; SG 1-3, 5)BRITISH CENTRAL AFRICA, 1891-95, 1p Black, 2p Gray Green & Vermilion, 4p Red Brown & Black, 6p Dark Blue (1-3, 5; SG 1-3, 5). Horizontal pair of 1p, singles of others, all tied by neat "Tshinde, B.C.A. AP 2 94" circular datestamps on yellow registered cover with printed "O.H.M.S." to Sydney, Australia, registered handstamp, Cape Town transit and Sydney arrival backstamps, Very Fine, handsome cover to a scarce destination

E. 300-400
450
2121
 
Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2121, British Central Africa thru British HondurasBRITISH GUIANA, 1850, 12c Black on Blue (5; SG 5), BRITISH GUIANA, 1850, 12c Black on Blue (5; SG 5)BRITISH GUIANA, 1850, 12c Black on Blue (5; SG 5). Cut perfectly to shape, initialed "E.D.W." (Edmond Dalzell Wight), cut close all around and just touching frameline in places, light Demerara circular datestamp

FINE AND DESIRABLE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1850 12-CENT BLACK ON BLUE "COTTON REEL" -- ONE OF THE ICONIC RARITIES OF THE WORLD.

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 One-Cent Magenta British Guiana stamp.

Ex Ferrary. Signed Champion and Bloch. With 2002 A.P.S. certificate. SG £11,000

11,000
2,500
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2122
 
Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2122, British Central Africa thru British HondurasBRITISH GUIANA, 1852, 6p Black on Magenta (6; SG 9), BRITISH GUIANA, 1852, 6p Black on Magenta (6; SG 9)BRITISH GUIANA, 1852, 6p Black on Magenta (6; SG 9). Margins to just in the frameline, fresh paper color, neat Demerara circular datestamp, thin at bottom, Fine appearance, an affordable and presentable example of this scarce stamp, signed Richter and with 1986 E. Diena certificate, Scott $7,000.00, SG £5,500

E. 500-750
700
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2123°
c
Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2123, British Central Africa 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). Four huge margins, strong paper color, tied by light Berbice Apr. 2 1853 datestamp on folded cover to Demerara (Apr. 5 backstamp), a couple file folds do not affect stamps or markings, for strict accuracy we mention the typical slight surface rubbing at top left and in the bottom margin, far less than what is normally seen on this stamp

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE SMALL NUMBER OF COVERS KNOWN WITH THIS STAMP.

With undated R.P.S. certificate. A lesser quality example realized €43,000 in the 2014 du Pont sale. The Stanley Gibbons catalogue, reflecting the rarity of this classic stamp on cover, assigns a multiplier "from 3x" the £12,000 used value off cover.

E. 15,000-20,000
14,500
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2124
 
Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2124, British Central Africa thru British HondurasBRITISH GUIANA, 1855, 4c Pale Blue (11b; SG 20), BRITISH GUIANA, 1855, 4c Pale Blue (11b; SG 20)BRITISH GUIANA, 1855, 4c Pale Blue (11b; SG 20). Four large margins, crisp impression, light Demerara datestamp, Very Fine and choice, SG £700

1,100
275
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2125
 
Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2125, British Central Africa thru British HondurasBRITISH GUIANA, 1862, 2c Black on Yellow (38; SG 119), BRITISH GUIANA, 1862, 2c Black on Yellow (38; SG 119)BRITISH GUIANA, 1862, 2c Black on Yellow (38; SG 119). Roulettes on three sides (more intact roulettes than typically found), strong impression, light cancel, Very Fine, SG £450

450
400
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2126
 
Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2126, British Central Africa thru British HondurasBRITISH GUIANA, 1862, 2c Black on Yellow (40; SG 121), BRITISH GUIANA, 1862, 2c Black on Yellow (40; SG 121)BRITISH GUIANA, 1862, 2c Black on Yellow (40; SG 121). Some roulettes on all four sides, strong impression, Very Fine, a scarce stamp, SG £900

925
600
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2127
ogbl
Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2127, British Central Africa thru British HondurasBRITISH GUIANA, 1905, $2.40 Green & Violet (171; SG 251), BRITISH GUIANA, 1905, $2.40 Green & Violet (171; SG 251)BRITISH GUIANA, 1905, $2.40 Green & Violet (171; SG 251). Block of four, lightly hinged, excellent centering, remarkably bright and fresh, Very Fine, a uncommonly choice block, catalogue values are as singles, SG £760

840
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2128
c
Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2128, British Central Africa thru British HondurasBRITISH HONDURAS, 1895 "Caye Service 3 Cents", BRITISH HONDURAS, 1895 "Caye Service 3 Cents"BRITISH HONDURAS, 1895 "Caye Service 3 Cents". Violet three-line typed label, tied by "Cuthbert Bros." straightline handstamp and matching "Sep. 18 1895" datestamp on cover to St. George's Caye, British Honduras, trivial amount of gum at top of stamp not at all detracting

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE CAYE SERVICE LOCAL POST ISSUE. IT IS BELIEVED ABOUT A DOZEN COVERS ARE KNOWN.

Around 1892 a Belize merchant named Cuthbert built a house on St. George's Cay. He also bought a steam yacht which sailed daily to and from Belize. After abuse of the free service by others on the caye, who expected their mails to be carried free of charge, he created this local typewritten stamp (the cost of producing dies and normal stamps was prohibitive). These labels are known used between July 28, 1894 and Sept. 27, 1895. Hurt and Williams record only 8 examples though a few others have appeared for sale.

Ex Mobsby

E. 4,000-5,000
3,000
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2129°
P
Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2129, British Central Africa thru British HondurasBRITISH HONDURAS, 1921 2c Peace, Black Progressive Die Proof (89P; SG 121P), BRITISH HONDURAS, 1921 2c Peace, Black Progressive Die Proof (89P; SG 121P)BRITISH HONDURAS, 1921 2c Peace, Black Progressive Die Proof (89P; SG 121P). Without denomination and some of the shading incomplete, on 55 x 48mm card, ms. date "Dec 1920", trivial light soiling and minor crease in the top margin, both of which are inconsequential to this unique proof that is perfect for exhibition

E. £ 1,500-2,000
1,200
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2130
og
Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2130, British Central Africa thru British HondurasBRITISH HONDURAS, 1916, 1c Green, War Tax, Inverted Overprint (MR1a; SG 114a), BRITISH HONDURAS, 1916, 1c Green, War Tax, Inverted Overprint (MR1a; SG 114a)BRITISH HONDURAS, 1916, 1c Green, War Tax, Inverted Overprint (MR1a; SG 114a). Overprinted shifted as always, lightly hinged, fresh and Very Fine, only one sheet printed with the inverted overprint, SG £300

300
120
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2131
og
Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2131, British Central Africa thru British HondurasBRITISH HONDURAS, 1916, 1c Green, War Tax, Inverted Overprint (MR1a; SG 114a), BRITISH HONDURAS, 1916, 1c Green, War Tax, Inverted Overprint (MR1a; SG 114a)BRITISH HONDURAS, 1916, 1c Green, War Tax, Inverted Overprint (MR1a; SG 114a). Overprint shifted as always, horizontal pair, lightly hinged, strong color, Fine, only one sheet printed with the inverted overprint, SG £600

600
275
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2132
og
Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2132, British Central Africa thru British HondurasBRITISH HONDURAS, 1917, 3c Orange, War Tax, Double Overprint (MR3a; SG 118a), BRITISH HONDURAS, 1917, 3c Orange, War Tax, Double Overprint (MR3a; SG 118a)BRITISH HONDURAS, 1917, 3c Orange, War Tax, Double Overprint (MR3a; SG 118a). H.r., well-centered and fresh, Very Fine, with 1938 B.P.A. certificate, SG £400

400
225
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