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Sale 1214 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 10-12 December, 2019

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Category — Bermuda thru British Guiana

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1196
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1196, Bermuda thru British GuianaBERMUDA, 1910, £1 Black on Violet on Red (54; SG 55), BERMUDA, 1910, £1 Black on Violet on Red (54; SG 55)BERMUDA, 1910, £1 Black on Violet on Red (54; SG 55). Barely hinged (if at all), well-centered, sharp impression, Very Fine, SG £275

400
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1197, Bermuda thru British GuianaBERMUDA, 1918, £1 Purple & Black on Red, Break in Scroll (54 var; SG 55a), BERMUDA, 1918, £1 Purple & Black on Red, Break in Scroll (54 var; SG 55a)BERMUDA, 1918, £1 Purple & Black on Red, Break in Scroll (54 var; SG 55a). Top right corner selvage single with control No. 1 (position R. 1/12), shows the variety in the full state, barest trace of hinging, Very Fine, SG value

£ 850
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1198
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1198, Bermuda thru British GuianaBERMUDA, 1932, 12sh6p Orange & Gray, Gash in Fruit and Leaf (97 var; SG 93g), BERMUDA, 1932, 12sh6p Orange & Gray, Gash in Fruit and Leaf (97 var; SG 93g)BERMUDA, 1932, 12sh6p Orange & Gray, Gash in Fruit and Leaf (97 var; SG 93g). Lightly hinged, strong impression that shows the variety well, Very Fine, a scarce keyplate variety, SG value

£ 800
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1199
 
Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1199, Bermuda thru British GuianaBERMUDA, 1943, Purple & Deep Blue on Pale Blue, Shading Omitted from Top Right Scroll (123 var; SG 116db), BERMUDA, 1943, Purple & Deep Blue on Pale Blue, Shading Omitted from Top Right Scroll (123 var; SG 116db)BERMUDA, 1943, Purple & Deep Blue on Pale Blue, Shading Omitted from Top Right Scroll (123 var; SG 116db). Top left corner selvage single (position R. 1/1), on piece with light centrally struck Hamilton Jan. 21, 1948 circular datestamp, intense colors, Very Fine, this Blank Scroll variety is one of the rarest and most dramatic of all the Bermuda keyplates, it occurred on the March 1943 printing only, and since there was no colonial distribution, used examples are especially rare, SG value

£ 2,000
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1200
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1200, Bermuda thru British GuianaBRITISH CENTRAL AFRICA, 1895, £10 Vermilion & Black (30; SG 30), BRITISH CENTRAL AFRICA, 1895, £10 Vermilion & Black (30; SG 30)BRITISH CENTRAL AFRICA, 1895, £10 Vermilion & Black (30; SG 30). Unused (regummed), beautiful vivid colors on fresh white paper, faint trace of a crease (not mentioned on certificate)

VERY FINE. AN EYE-APPEALING AND RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 10-POUND COAT OF ARMS.

With 1984 R.P.S. certificate. SG £11,000

8,000
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1201, Bermuda thru British GuianaBRITISH CENTRAL AFRICA, 1898, 1p Vermilion & Ultramarine, Perf 12, Control Number on Reverse (59; SG 57), BRITISH CENTRAL AFRICA, 1898, 1p Vermilion & Ultramarine, Perf 12, Control Number on Reverse (59; SG 57)BRITISH CENTRAL AFRICA, 1898, 1p Vermilion & Ultramarine, Perf 12, Control Number on Reverse (59; SG 57). Without gum as issued, control number printed in plain relief, attractive colors

FINE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1898 "CHECK STAMP."

Ex Gilbert. With 1998 Brandon certificate. SG £6,500

6,500
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1202, Bermuda thru British GuianaBRITISH EAST AFRICA, 1893, 2-1/2 Black, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (17f; SG 7cd), BRITISH EAST AFRICA, 1893, 2-1/2 Black, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (17f; SG 7cd)BRITISH EAST AFRICA, 1893, 2-1/2 Black, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (17f; SG 7cd). Large part original gum, well-centered, sharp impression on bright yellow paper, bottom stamp with light crease, otherwise Very Fine, a rare and undervalued error, ex Gilbert, 2002 B.P.A. certificate no longer accompanies, SG £1,400

1,700
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1203
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1203, Bermuda thru British GuianaBRITISH EAST AFRICA, 1891, 4-1/2a Brown Violet, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (20c; SG 11ac), BRITISH EAST AFRICA, 1891, 4-1/2a Brown Violet, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (20c; SG 11ac)BRITISH EAST AFRICA, 1891, 4-1/2a Brown Violet, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (20c; SG 11ac). Original gum, fresh color, certificate notes "minor creasing" which is nothing more than a light gum bend and tiny gum wrinkle, Fine and rare, with only one sheet comprising of 30 pairs known, many of which were used, ex Gilbert, with 2001 B.P.A. certificate, SG £1,500

2,100
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1204
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1204, Bermuda thru British GuianaBRITISH EAST AFRICA, 1898, 50r Lilac (109; SG 99), BRITISH EAST AFRICA, 1898, 50r Lilac (109; SG 99)BRITISH EAST AFRICA, 1898, 50r Lilac (109; SG 99). Original gum, relatively lightly hinged, rich color in a dark shade, fresh white paper, a Very Fine example of this high value, SG £2,500

2,500
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1205
 
Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1205, Bermuda thru British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1850, 4c Black on Yellow, "Cotton Reel" (2a; SG 3), BRITISH GUIANA, 1850, 4c Black on Yellow, "Cotton Reel" (2a; SG 3)BRITISH GUIANA, 1850, 4c Black on Yellow, "Cotton Reel" (2a; SG 3). Cut to shape, initialed "E. D. W." (Edmond Dalzell Wight, clerk to the Colonial Post Office), full frame line all around, Demerara double-ring circular datestamp, a few tiny margin tears and small stain above first "A" of "Guiana"

FINE APPEARANCE. A DESIRABLE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1850 4-CENT BLACK ON YELLOW COTTON REEL -- ONE OF THE ICONIC ISSUES 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. Except for the very rare 2c value, the 4c on Yellow is the rarest of the Cotton Reels. The famed du Pont collection had just one off-cover example.

From our 1973 and 2017 Rarities of the World sales. Ex Chapin. With 1973 P.F. certificate. SG £24,000

22,500
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1206
 
Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1206, Bermuda thru British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1856, 4c Black on Magenta (14; SG 24), BRITISH GUIANA, 1856, 4c Black on Magenta (14; SG 24)BRITISH GUIANA, 1856, 4c Black on Magenta (14; SG 24). Large to huge margins, remarkably fresh with the paper retaining all of its original depth of color, signed "EDW" by Wight, neatly cancelled by 1856 circular datestamp, faint vertical crease

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1856 4-CENT BLACK ON MAGENTA PROVISIONAL ISSUE. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH FULL SQUARE MARGINS AND WITH SUCH WONDERFUL COLOR.

The Provisional issue was printed in Georgetown by Baum and Dallas, who published the Official Gazette. It has been hypothesized that the issue was printed due to a delay in the arrival of stamps from England. Many examples are either cut to shape or have heavy creases which discolor the paper. The example offered here, despite having a very light crease, is a most desirable example of this world rarity.

With 1961 P.F. certificate. SG £25,000

25,000
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1207, Bermuda thru British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1856, 4c Black on Magenta (14; SG 24), BRITISH GUIANA, 1856, 4c Black on Magenta (14; SG 24)BRITISH GUIANA, 1856, 4c Black on Magenta (14; SG 24). Unused, initialed "E.D.W." (Edmond Dalzell Wight, clerk to the Colonial Post Office), large margins, strong paper color, vertical crease, which has slightly cracked the paper, has been strengthened

VERY FINE APPEARENCE. WE ARE AWARE OF ONLY SEVEN UNUSED EXAMPLES OF THE 1856 4-CENT BLACK ON EITHER PAPER SHADES. AN IMPORTANT RARITY, NOT ONLY OF BRITISH GUIANA, BUT OF THE WORLD.

Some confusion exists between the different paper shades that is listed for the 4c - Black on Magenta and Black on Rose Carmine (14, 14a; SG 24-25) - due to the delicate nature of the paper. We are only aware of seven unused examples of either, which are listed below including the last SG No. used in their offering:

a) ex 1965 Rarities of the World (Siegel Auction Galleries) and Jaffe (as SG 25)

b) ex Ferrary, 1971 and 1981 Rarities of the World (Siegel Auction Galleries), Small and du Pont (sold as SG 25, with B.P.A. as "SG 24 group")

c) ex Caspary, Lilly, 1973 and 2017 Rarities of the World (Siegel Auction Galleries) and Middendorf, the example offered here (as SG 24)

d) ex Burrus (last offered in 2001 as SG 25)

e) ex Gringold, Ray and "Foxley" (as SG 25)

f) ex "Bartica" (as SG 24)

g) ex du Pont (as "possibly unused" SG 24)

Ex Caspary and Lilly. With 1974 Friedl certificate. SG £100,000

100,000
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1208
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1208, Bermuda thru British GuianaBRITISH GUIANA, 1875, 24c Yellow Green, Perf 15 (71; SG 114), BRITISH GUIANA, 1875, 24c Yellow Green, Perf 15 (71; SG 114)BRITISH GUIANA, 1875, 24c Yellow Green, Perf 15 (71; SG 114). Original gum, lightly hinged, wide margins, wonderfully fresh color on bright paper, Very Fine and scarce, SG £850

850
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