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
FINE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1898 "CHECK STAMP."
Ex Gilbert. With 1998 Brandon certificate. SG £6,500
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
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
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