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Sale 1194 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

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

Category — Great Britain - Imprimaturs from British Postal Museum Archive

Lot
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Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2029°
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Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2029, Great Britain - Imprimaturs from British Postal Museum ArchiveGREAT BRITAIN, 1916, 2sh6p Deep Yellow Brown De La Rue "Hoe" Press Seahorse, Imprimatur (173c var; SG 405 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1916, 2sh6p Deep Yellow Brown De La Rue "Hoe" Press Seahorse, Imprimatur (173c var; SG 405 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1916, 2sh6p Deep Yellow Brown De La Rue "Hoe" Press Seahorse, Imprimatur (173c var; SG 405 var). From the British Postal Museum & Archives, with "BPMA" handstamp on reverse, left sheet-margin single, Mint N.H.

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB AND RARE IMPRIMATUR OF THE TWO-SHILLING SIX-PENCE DE LA RUE SEAHORSE.

Only one block of 36 was sold at the BPMA sale. The 2sh6p was the only value found from the "Hoe" Press printing

E. 5,000-7,500
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2030°
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Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2030, Great Britain - Imprimaturs from British Postal Museum ArchiveGREAT BRITAIN, 1926, 2sh6p-10sh Bradbury Wilkinson Seahorses, "Dry Printing" Imprimaturs (179-181 vars; SG 413a-417 vars), GREAT BRITAIN, 1926, 2sh6p-10sh Bradbury Wilkinson Seahorses, "Dry Printing" Imprimaturs (179-181 vars; SG 413a-417 vars)GREAT BRITAIN, 1926, 2sh6p-10sh Bradbury Wilkinson Seahorses, "Dry Printing" Imprimaturs (179-181 vars; SG 413a-417 vars). From the British Postal Museum & Archives, with "BPMA" handstamp on reverse, each a right sheet-margin single, Mint N.H.

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE MATCHED SET OF SHEET-MARGIN IMPRIMATUR SINGLES OF THE BRADBURY WILKINSON SEAHORSES.

Only one set of blocks of 36 was sold at the BPMA sale. That block was broken up into singles and smaller blocks. Several 10-Shilling stamps are defective. Therefore few choice quality sets such as this can exist

E. 15,000-20,000
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Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2031, Great Britain - Imprimaturs from British Postal Museum ArchiveGREAT BRITAIN, 1924-26, -1/2p-1sh King George V, Cypher Block Wmk., Imprimaturs (187-200 vars; SG 418/429 vars), GREAT BRITAIN, 1924-26, -1/2p-1sh King George V, Cypher Block Wmk., Imprimaturs (187-200 vars; SG 418/429 vars)GREAT BRITAIN, 1924-26, -1/2p-1sh King George V, Cypher Block Wmk., Imprimaturs (187-200 vars; SG 418/429 vars). From the British Postal Museum & Archives, each with "BPMA" handstamp on reverse, set of thirteen (6p on both ordinary and chalky papers) in right sheet-margin singles, Mint N.H.

EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING AND EXTRAORDINARILY RARE SET OF IMPRIMATURS OF THE 1924-26 KING GEORGE V DEFINITIVES.

Only a tiny number of imprimatur sets exist

E. 20,000-30,000
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2032°
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Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2032, Great Britain - Imprimaturs from British Postal Museum ArchiveGREAT BRITAIN, 1924, -1/2p Green, Imprimatur (187 var; SG 418 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1924, -1/2p Green, Imprimatur (187 var; SG 418 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1924, -1/2p Green, Imprimatur (187 var; SG 418 var). From the British Postal Museum & Archives, with "BPMA" handstamp on reverse, right sheet-margin plate no. 19746 block of four, Mint N.H.

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND STRIKING PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1924 HALF-PENNY KING GEORGE V.

May well be unique as an imprimatur plate block

E. 7,500-10,000
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Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2033, Great Britain - Imprimaturs from British Postal Museum ArchiveGREAT BRITAIN, 1936, -1/2p-2-1/2p King Edward VIII, Imprimaturs (230-233 vars; SG 457-460 vars), GREAT BRITAIN, 1936, -1/2p-2-1/2p King Edward VIII, Imprimaturs (230-233 vars; SG 457-460 vars)GREAT BRITAIN, 1936, -1/2p-2-1/2p King Edward VIII, Imprimaturs (230-233 vars; SG 457-460 vars). From the British Postal Museum & Archives, set of left sheet-margin singles, Mint N.H.

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING SET OF IMPRIMATURS OF THE 1936 KING EDWARD VIII SERIES.

At the BPMA sale, the offering of King George VIII imprimaturs consisted of a set of sheet-margin singles (the set offered here), a set of sheet-margin pairs, plus positional and tete-beche blocks. The blocks likely remain intact, leaving very few (if any) other opportunities to obtain a set of imprimatur singles

E. 3,000-4,000
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Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2034, Great Britain - Imprimaturs from British Postal Museum ArchiveGREAT BRITAIN, 1937-47, -1/2p-1sh King George VI Definitives, Imprimaturs (235-248 vars; SG 462-475 vars), GREAT BRITAIN, 1937-47, -1/2p-1sh King George VI Definitives, Imprimaturs (235-248 vars; SG 462-475 vars)GREAT BRITAIN, 1937-47, -1/2p-1sh King George VI Definitives, Imprimaturs (235-248 vars; SG 462-475 vars). From the British Postal Museum & Archives, each with "BPMA" handstamp on reverse, set of fifteen in left sheet-margin singles, Mint N.H.

EXTREMELY FINE. A PRISTINE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE SET OF IMPRIMATURS OF THE 1937-47 KING GEORGE VI DEFINITIVES.

Probably no more than five or six sets of imprimatur singles exist

E. 15,000-20,000
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Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2035, Great Britain - Imprimaturs from British Postal Museum ArchiveGREAT BRITAIN, 1939-48, 2sh6p-£1 King George VI Arms, Imprimaturs (249-251A vars, 275 var; SG 476-478c vars), GREAT BRITAIN, 1939-48, 2sh6p-£1 King George VI Arms, Imprimaturs (249-251A vars, 275 var; SG 476-478c vars)GREAT BRITAIN, 1939-48, 2sh6p-£1 King George VI Arms, Imprimaturs (249-251A vars, 275 var; SG 476-478c vars). From the British Postal Museum & Archives, each with "BPMA" handstamp on reverse, set of six values in bottom sheet-margin singles, £1 perforated, Mint N.H.

EXTREMELY FINE. A HANDSOME AND RARE SET OF IMPRIMATURS OF THE KING GEORGE VI HIGH VALUES.

Only a small number of imprimaturs from this series exist in any form. The BPMA sale had a set in strips of seven and a set in strips or blocks of four. These were broken up into singles and pairs. They also had the unique registration blocks which are probably still intact.

E. 10,000-15,000
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Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2036, Great Britain - Imprimaturs from British Postal Museum ArchiveGREAT BRITAIN, 1939, 10sh Dark Blue King George VI Arms, Imprimatur (251 var; SG 478 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1939, 10sh Dark Blue King George VI Arms, Imprimatur (251 var; SG 478 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1939, 10sh Dark Blue King George VI Arms, Imprimatur (251 var; SG 478 var). From the British Postal Museum & Archives, with "BPMA" handstamp on reverse, horizontal pair with No. 40840 and central sheet cross in the wide top sheet margin, Mint N.H.

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB SHEET-MARGIN IMPRIMATUR PAIR OF THE 1939 10-SHILLING DARK BLUE KING GEORGE VI "ARMS".

This pair is unique with the sheet number in the margin

E. 10,000-15,000
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Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2037, Great Britain - Imprimaturs from British Postal Museum ArchiveGREAT BRITAIN, 1949, 2-1/2p-1sh U.P.U., Imprimaturs (276-279 vars; SG 499-502 vars), GREAT BRITAIN, 1949, 2-1/2p-1sh U.P.U., Imprimaturs (276-279 vars; SG 499-502 vars)GREAT BRITAIN, 1949, 2-1/2p-1sh U.P.U., Imprimaturs (276-279 vars; SG 499-502 vars). From the British Postal Museum & Archives, with "BPMA" handstamp on reverse, each a left sheet-margin single, Mint N.H.

EXTREMELY FINE. A WONDERFULLY WELL-MATCHED SET OF IMPRIMATURS OF THE 1949 U.P.U. ISSUE.

An excellent set of proof material for the United Postal Union specialist

E. 5,000-7,500
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Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2038, Great Britain - Imprimaturs from British Postal Museum ArchiveGREAT BRITAIN, 1951, 2-1/2p-4p Festival of Britain, Imprimaturs (290-291 vars; SG 513-514 vars), GREAT BRITAIN, 1951, 2-1/2p-4p Festival of Britain, Imprimaturs (290-291 vars; SG 513-514 vars)GREAT BRITAIN, 1951, 2-1/2p-4p Festival of Britain, Imprimaturs (290-291 vars; SG 513-514 vars). From the British Postal Museum & Archives, each with "BPMA" handstamp on reverse, right sheet-margin singles, Mint N.H.

EXTREMELY FINE. A BRILLIANT EYE-APPEALING SET OF IMPRIMATURS OF THE 1951 FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN ISSUE.

We can find no record of a similar set offered

E. 2,500-3,500
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Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2039, Great Britain - Imprimaturs from British Postal Museum ArchiveGREAT BRITAIN, 1955, 2sh6p-£1 Castles, Waterlow Printing, Imprimaturs (309-312 vars; SG 536-539 vars), GREAT BRITAIN, 1955, 2sh6p-£1 Castles, Waterlow Printing, Imprimaturs (309-312 vars; SG 536-539 vars)GREAT BRITAIN, 1955, 2sh6p-£1 Castles, Waterlow Printing, Imprimaturs (309-312 vars; SG 536-539 vars). From the National Postal Museum, with their handstamp on the reverse of each, left sheet-margin singles, Mint N.H.

EXTREMELY FINE. A VERY RARE AND CHOICE QUALITY SET OF IMPRIMATURS OF THE 1955 WATERLOW CASTLES.

A spectacularly beautiful set of which very few exist. Listed but unpriced in Stanley Gibbons

E. 6,000-8,000
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Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2040, Great Britain - Imprimaturs from British Postal Museum ArchiveGREAT BRITAIN, 1955, 8p Magenta, Imprimatur (327 var; SG 550 var), GREAT BRITAIN, 1955, 8p Magenta, Imprimatur (327 var; SG 550 var)GREAT BRITAIN, 1955, 8p Magenta, Imprimatur (327 var; SG 550 var). From the National Postal Museum Archives, with their handstamp on reverse, block of four, Mint N.H.

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BRILLIANTLY FRESH AND RARE IMPRIMATUR BLOCK OF THE 1955 8-PENCE WILDING.

SG £8,000 as singles

E. 2,500-3,500
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Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2041, Great Britain - Imprimaturs from British Postal Museum ArchiveGREAT BRITAIN, 1957, -1/2p-3p Wilding with Graphite Lines, Imprimaturs (353c-358c vars; SG 561-566 vars), GREAT BRITAIN, 1957, -1/2p-3p Wilding with Graphite Lines, Imprimaturs (353c-358c vars; SG 561-566 vars)GREAT BRITAIN, 1957, -1/2p-3p Wilding with Graphite Lines, Imprimaturs (353c-358c vars; SG 561-566 vars). From the British Postal Museum & Archives, each with "BPMA" handstamp on reverse, bottom right corner sheet-margin singles, Mint N.H.

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFULLY MATCHED SET OF IMPRIMATURS OF THE 1957 WILDING WITH GRAPHITE LINES SERIES.

Outstanding archival material from the popular Wilding issue

E. 4,000-5,000
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Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2042, Great Britain - Imprimaturs from British Postal Museum ArchiveGREAT BRITAIN, 1967-68, 2sh6p-£1 Castles, Bradbury Printing, Imprimaturs (525-528 vars; SG 759-762 vars), GREAT BRITAIN, 1967-68, 2sh6p-£1 Castles, Bradbury Printing, Imprimaturs (525-528 vars; SG 759-762 vars)GREAT BRITAIN, 1967-68, 2sh6p-£1 Castles, Bradbury Printing, Imprimaturs (525-528 vars; SG 759-762 vars). From the National Postal Museum, with their handstamp on the reverse of each, includes additional 2sh6p from the 1968 printing (SG 595k), £1 perforated, Mint N.H.

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE SET OF IMPRIMATURS OF THE BRADBURY CASTLES.

Listed but unpriced in Stanley Gibbons

E. 7,500-10,000
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Sale Number 1194, Lot Number 2043, Great Britain - Imprimaturs from British Postal Museum ArchiveGREAT BRITAIN, 1937-38, -1/2p-2sh6p Postage Dues, Imprimaturs (J26-J33; SG D27-D34), GREAT BRITAIN, 1937-38, -1/2p-2sh6p Postage Dues, Imprimaturs (J26-J33; SG D27-D34)GREAT BRITAIN, 1937-38, -1/2p-2sh6p Postage Dues, Imprimaturs (J26-J33; SG D27-D34). From the British Postal Museum & Archives, each with "BPMA" handstamp on reverse, bottom sheet-margin singles, 2sh6p perforated as always, Mint N.H.

EXTREMELY FINE. A VERY RARE SET OF IMPRIMATURS OF THE 1937-38 POSTAGE DUE SERIES.

Most imprimatur sets lack the 2sh6p value, which is always perforated. The examples offered here are from the unique registration blocks that were broken up

E. 7,500-10,000
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