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Sale 1203 — The Gernot Reiners Collection of Togo and Cameroon - The Anglo-French Occupation

Sale Date — Tuesday, 18 June, 2019

Category — British Togo - First (Wide) Setting

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
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Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 3, British Togo - First (Wide) SettingTOGO (British), 1914, -1/2p on 3pf Brown, 1p on 5pf Green, First & Second Settings (33-34, 46-47; SG H12-H13, H27-H28; Gibbs 12-13, 27-28), TOGO (British), 1914, -1/2p on 3pf Brown, 1p on 5pf Green, First & Second Settings (33-34, 46-47; SG H12-H13, H27-H28; Gibbs 12-13, 27-28)TOGO (British), 1914, -1/2p on 3pf Brown, 1p on 5pf Green, First & Second Settings (33-34, 46-47; SG H12-H13, H27-H28; Gibbs 12-13, 27-28). All used, First Setting incl. normal singles used on piece and -1/2p with Thin "y" variety, Second Setting incl. normal and Thin "y" variety singles plus se-tenant blocks of four, the -1/2p with two Thin "y" examples and the 1p with three Thin "y" examples, fresh colors, Fine-Very Fine, few signed by recognized experts, Scott $956.00, SG £956

E. 300-400
250
4
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Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 4, British Togo - First (Wide) SettingTOGO (British), 1914, 5pf Green, First Setting (36; SG H2; Gibbs 2), TOGO (British), 1914, 5pf Green, First Setting (36; SG H2; Gibbs 2)TOGO (British), 1914, 5pf Green, First Setting (36; SG H2; Gibbs 2). Tied by "Lome, Togogebiet 22/6 14" circular datestamp, with month slug inverted (should read "9" for September), on cover with "Governor Gold Coast" seal on backflap and addressed locally, fresh and Very Fine, this is truly a peculiar cover, even dated Sept. 22 which would put this between the dates of Sept. 17-24 when the Post Office in Lome was closed leading to a variety of theories, a) could be that this was backdated, b) the Post Office had limited services for privileged individuals, or c) the "22" was also an error though Holcombe notes he has seen backstamps confirming dates (though Dr. Reiners has never seen one), with 1997 Holcombe certificate

E. 750-1,000
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Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 5, British Togo - First (Wide) SettingTOGO (British), 1914, 10pf Carmine, First Setting (37; SG H3; Gibbs 3), TOGO (British), 1914, 10pf Carmine, First Setting (37; SG H3; Gibbs 3)TOGO (British), 1914, 10pf Carmine, First Setting (37; SG H3; Gibbs 3). Cancelled by clear "Lome, Togo 14.9.14" circular datestamp, well-centered rich color, Very Fine, cancelled three days prior to the opening of the post office, Gibbs' theory stated on page 150 of his book is up for debate with the presence of a Narrow Setting block in this collection, likely making this a backdated cancel, with 1985 B.P.A. certificate (not noting anything regarding the date)

E. 300-400
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Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 6, British Togo - First (Wide) SettingTOGO (British), 1914, 10pf Carmine, Inverted Overprint, First Setting (37a; SG H3a; Gibbs 3a), TOGO (British), 1914, 10pf Carmine, Inverted Overprint, First Setting (37a; SG H3a; Gibbs 3a)TOGO (British), 1914, 10pf Carmine, Inverted Overprint, First Setting (37a; SG H3a; Gibbs 3a). Setting 1A, tied to small piece by Lome circular datestamp, bold color

VERY FINE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-PFENNIG WIDE SETTING WITH INVERTED OVERPRINT. ONLY 50 WERE OVERPRINTED.

According to Gibbs, he estimates less than 20-25 used singles are available. Of the 50 printed, four are unused and used examples consist of eight tete-beche pairs, three blocks of four and two or three pairs.

Signed Kilian BPP and Buhler. Scott $3,000.00. SG £3,000

E. 1,500-2,000
2,400
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Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 7, British Togo - First (Wide) SettingTOGO (British), 1914, 25pf Orange & Black on Yellow, 30pf Orange & Black on Salmon, 80pf Lake & Black on Rose, 1m Carmine, First Setting (39-40, 43, 44; SG H5-H6, H9-H10; Gibbs 5-6, 9-10), TOGO (British), 1914, 25pf Orange & Black on Yellow, 30pf Orange & Black on Salmon, 80pf Lake & Black on Rose, 1m Carmine, First Setting (39-40, 43, 44; SG H5-H6, H9-H10; Gibbs 5-6, 9-10)TOGO (British), 1914, 25pf Orange & Black on Yellow, 30pf Orange & Black on Salmon, 80pf Lake & Black on Rose, 1m Carmine, First Setting (39-40, 43, 44; SG H5-H6, H9-H10; Gibbs 5-6, 9-10). All tied on large fragment of registered cover by "Lome, Togogebiet 17/9 14" first day of use circular datestamps, registry label at top left, 80pf with light score line and 1m with short perf

FINE AND EXCEPTIONALLY SCARCE PIECE USED ON THE FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. THE POST OFFICE WAS ONLY OPEN FOR FOUR HOURS BEFORE CLOSING.

This fragment is important for a couple reasons. Firstly, it was used on the first day of issue. The Post Office in Lome was open for only four hours before being instructed to stop by a wire from Gold Coast. It wasn't until Sept. 24 that it reopened again. Secondly, this item proves that regardless of the value of the underlying German Yacht stamp, all stamps were used as 1p stamps. This cover likely paid the 2p for two ounces to a British colony plus 2p for registration.

With 1997 Holcombe certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 8, British Togo - First (Wide) SettingTOGO (British), 1914, 40pf Lake & Black, First Setting (41; SG H7; Gibbs 7), TOGO (British), 1914, 40pf Lake & Black, First Setting (41; SG H7; Gibbs 7)TOGO (British), 1914, 40pf Lake & Black, First Setting (41; SG H7; Gibbs 7). Tied on small piece by well-struck "Lome, Togogebiet 17/9 14" first day of issue circular datestamp, excellent colors, Very Fine and rare as few are recorded, the Post Office in Lome was open for only four hours before being instructed to stop by a wire from Gold Coast, it wasn't until Sept. 24 that it reopened again, signed A. Brun

E. 300-400
300
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Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 9, British Togo - First (Wide) SettingTOGO (British), 1914, 50pf Purple & Black on Salmon, First Setting (42; SG H8; Gibbs 8), TOGO (British), 1914, 50pf Purple & Black on Salmon, First Setting (42; SG H8; Gibbs 8)TOGO (British), 1914, 50pf Purple & Black on Salmon, First Setting (42; SG H8; Gibbs 8). Setting 1A, tied on small piece by "Lome, Togo 19.2.15" circular datestamp, precise centering, bold colors

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF ONLY THIRTEEN RECORDED USED EXAMPLES OF THE 50-PFENNIG WITH WIDE SETTING. A MAJOR TOGO RARITY OF THE BRITISH PROTECTORATE AND OF THE ENTIRE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH.

After the British capturing of Lome, no stamps were discovered. The retreating German forces had hidden the German Yacht stamps, along with a large quantity of gold, in Kamina - about 100km inland. The stash of stamps were split between the British and French forces for overprinting. The Catholic Mission in Lome possessed the only printing equipment in Togo and the fathers there undertook the production of the overprints.

Only 24 examples of the 50pf stamps were located in Kamina, plus a small quantity likely found elsewhere. Gibbs records eighteen unused and thirteen used total. This includes an unused block of four which resides in the Royal Collection. Of the used, they are all singles with the exception of one pair and one used on a registered cover.

Ex Gibbs. Signed Calves. With 1979 B.P.A. certificate. Scott $10,000.00. SG £11,000.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,250
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Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 10, British Togo - First (Wide) SettingTOGO (British), 1914, 80pf Lake & Black on Rose, First Setting (43; SG H9; Gibbs 9), TOGO (British), 1914, 80pf Lake & Black on Rose, First Setting (43; SG H9; Gibbs 9)TOGO (British), 1914, 80pf Lake & Black on Rose, First Setting (43; SG H9; Gibbs 9). Tied by "Lome, Togo 30.9.16" circular datestamp with additional strike beside on registered cover to Zurich, Switzerland, registry label at bottom left, London transit and Zurich arrival backstamps, Very Fine, the 80pf is quite scarce on cover with few believed to exist, with 1980 B.P.A. certificate

E. 400-500
450
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Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 11, British Togo - First (Wide) SettingTOGO (British), 1914, 1m Carmine, First Setting (44; SG H10; Gibbs 10), TOGO (British), 1914, 1m Carmine, First Setting (44; SG H10; Gibbs 10)TOGO (British), 1914, 1m Carmine, First Setting (44; SG H10; Gibbs 10). Setting 1, bold "Lome, Togogebiet 28/9" circular datestamp, bold color, fresh and Fine, a scarce stamp, about 100 where overprinted and issued, signed Champion and Calves, Scott $2,750.00, SG £2,750

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 12, British Togo - First (Wide) SettingTOGO (British), 1914, 1m Carmine, First Setting (44; SG H10; Gibbs 10), TOGO (British), 1914, 1m Carmine, First Setting (44; SG H10; Gibbs 10)TOGO (British), 1914, 1m Carmine, First Setting (44; SG H10; Gibbs 10). Setting 1, tied to small piece by lightly struck "Lome, Togo 30.9.14" circular datestamp, Fine and scarce, about 100 were overprinted and issued, signed A. Brun and Kilian BPP, with 1965 Roumet certificate, Scott $2,750.00, SG £2,750

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 13, British Togo - First (Wide) SettingTOGO (British), 1914, 1m Carmine, 1-1/4mm Spacing Between "Anglo-French", First Setting (44 var; SG H10 var; Gibbs 10 var), TOGO (British), 1914, 1m Carmine, 1-1/4mm Spacing Between "Anglo-French", First Setting (44 var; SG H10 var; Gibbs 10 var)TOGO (British), 1914, 1m Carmine, 1-1/4mm Spacing Between "Anglo-French", First Setting (44 var; SG H10 var; Gibbs 10 var). Mint N.H. with sheet selvage at top (hinged in selvage), Setting 1, position 2, excellent centering, wide margins, bold color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. ONLY ABOUT 100 EXAMPLES OF THE ONE-MARK WITH WIDE SETTING WERE PRINTED AND MOST WERE USED, JUST TEN POSSIBLE POSITIONS HAVE THIS IDENTIFIABLE NARROW SPACING BETWEEN "ANGLO" AND "FRENCH". ONLY FOUR UNUSED EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN RECORDED -- NOT TO MENTION THIS IS IN NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

This spacing occurred on positions 1 and 2 of the setting. Position 2 is identifiable in that the "O" of "Occupation" is under the "N" of "Anglo". To date, four unused and five used have been recorded of both positions.

With photocopy of 1967 R.P.S. certificate for a marginal block of four from which this originated. Gibbs states two unused corner blocks are known, one of which is in the Royal Collection. We presume this was the example in private hands he was referring to, which is no longer intact

E. 5,000-7,500
9,500
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Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 14, British Togo - First (Wide) SettingTOGO (British), 1914, 1m Carmine, 1-1/4mm Spacing Between "Anglo-French", First Setting (44 var; SG H10 var; Gibbs 10 var), TOGO (British), 1914, 1m Carmine, 1-1/4mm Spacing Between "Anglo-French", First Setting (44 var; SG H10 var; Gibbs 10 var)TOGO (British), 1914, 1m Carmine, 1-1/4mm Spacing Between "Anglo-French", First Setting (44 var; SG H10 var; Gibbs 10 var). Setting 1, position 1, tied on small piece by light "Lome, Togo 30.9.14" circular datestamp, rich color

FINE. ONLY 10 EXAMPLES OF THIS SPACING ARE POSSIBLE ON THE ONE-MARK WITH WIDE SETTING. TO DATE, JUST FIVE USED EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN RECORDED.

This spacing occurred on positions 1 and 2 of the setting. Position 1 is identifiable in that the "O" of "Occupation" is under the right side of "A" in "Anglo". To date, four unused and five used have been recorded of both positions.

Signed A. Diena and Miro. With 1976 Bothe and 1971 Roumet certificates (neither noting the spacing).

E. 4,000-5,000
2,700
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Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 15, British Togo - First (Wide) SettingTOGO (British), 1914, 1m Carmine, 1-1/4mm Spacing Between "Anglo-French", First Setting (44 var; SG H10 var; Gibbs 10 var), TOGO (British), 1914, 1m Carmine, 1-1/4mm Spacing Between "Anglo-French", First Setting (44 var; SG H10 var; Gibbs 10 var)TOGO (British), 1914, 1m Carmine, 1-1/4mm Spacing Between "Anglo-French", First Setting (44 var; SG H10 var; Gibbs 10 var). Setting 1, position 1, well-struck "Lome, Togogebiet 28/9 14" circular datestamp, rich color

FINE AND EXCEPTIONALLY RARE. OF THE AROUND 100 EXAMPLES PRINTED OF THE ONE-MARK WITH WIDE SETTING, JUST TEN POSSIBLE POSITIONS HAVE THIS IDENTIFIABLE NARROW SPACING. ONLY FIVE USED EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN RECORDED.

This spacing occurred on positions 1 and 2 of the setting. Since it is believed only 100 stamps were overprinted (5 sheets of 20), only ten examples are possible. To date, four unused and five used have been recorded of both positions.

With 1998 Holcombe certificate.

E. 4,000-5,000
2,300
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Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 16, British Togo - First (Wide) SettingTOGO (British), 1914, 1m Carmine, 1-1/4mm Spacing Between "Anglo-French", First Setting (44 var; SG H10 var; Gibbs 10 var), TOGO (British), 1914, 1m Carmine, 1-1/4mm Spacing Between "Anglo-French", First Setting (44 var; SG H10 var; Gibbs 10 var)TOGO (British), 1914, 1m Carmine, 1-1/4mm Spacing Between "Anglo-French", First Setting (44 var; SG H10 var; Gibbs 10 var). Setting 1, position 2, lightly struck "Lome, Togogebiet 28/9 14" circular datestamp, exceptionally well-centered with balanced margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. OF THE AROUND 100 EXAMPLES PRINTED OF THE ONE-MARK WITH WIDE SETTING, JUST TEN POSSIBLE POSITIONS HAVE THIS IDENTIFIABLE NARROW SPACING. ONLY FIVE USED EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN RECORDED.

This spacing occurred on positions 1 and 2 of the setting. Position 2 is identifiable in that the "O" of "Occupation" is under the "N" of "Anglo". To date, four unused and five used have been recorded of both positions.

With 1965 A. Diena and 1985 Kilian certificates (neither noting the spacing).

E. 4,000-5,000
2,100
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Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 17, British Togo - First (Wide) SettingTOGO (British), 1914, 2m Blue, First Setting (45; SG H11; Gibbs 11), TOGO (British), 1914, 2m Blue, First Setting (45; SG H11; Gibbs 11)TOGO (British), 1914, 2m Blue, First Setting (45; SG H11; Gibbs 11). Setting 1, tied to small piece by centrally struck "Lome, Togo 13.12.14" circular datestamp, excellent centering, bold color

VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-MARK WITH WIDE SETTING. ONLY ABOUT 40 EXAMPLES WERE OVERPRINTED IN THIS SETTING. OF THESE, MOST KNOWN EXAMPLES ARE UNUSED.

A major rarity missing from even the most advanced used British Commonwealth collections. With 2004 B.P.B. certificate. Scott $15,000.00. SG £15,000

E. 5,000-7,500
10,000
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