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Sale 1204 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History, including the Angel Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 18-20 June, 2019

Category — India - Essays & Scinde Dawk Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
744
E
Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 744, India - Essays & Scinde Dawk IssuesINDIA, 1922, 1a Black, Photogravure Gothic Head Essay (Spence 12), INDIA, 1922, 1a Black, Photogravure Gothic Head Essay (Spence 12)INDIA, 1922, 1a Black, Photogravure Gothic Head Essay (Spence 12). Three impressions, left pair tete-beche, printed and die sunk on stout white card measuring 126 x 166mm, trivial light toned spots along edges, otherwise Very Fine and exceptionally rare, rated "R2" in Spence

E. 750-1,000
850
745
Sbl
Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 745, India - Essays & Scinde Dawk IssuesINDIA, 1890s, 4a Red & Blue, "Specimen" Sheet, Head Inverted (Spence 59), INDIA, 1890s, 4a Red & Blue, "Specimen" Sheet, Head Inverted (Spence 59)INDIA, 1890s, 4a Red & Blue, "Specimen" Sheet, Head Inverted (Spence 59). Complete sheet of twelve with pos. 12 showing the head cliche inverted, all others normal, each stamp with printed "Specimen" on reverse, couple stray toned spots, couple thins in top margin and small pinhole (none of which affect stamps), arrow affixed showing inverted head, Fine and scarce sheet, rated "O3" in Spence

E. 500-750
650
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746
E
Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 746, India - Essays & Scinde Dawk IssuesINDIA, 1890, -1/2a Deep Reddish Brown, 1a Blue, Essay Designs (Spence 70, 29), INDIA, 1890, -1/2a Deep Reddish Brown, 1a Blue, Essay Designs (Spence 70, 29)INDIA, 1890, -1/2a Deep Reddish Brown, 1a Blue, Essay Designs (Spence 70, 29). Four impressions of each from the original six per sheet printed on yellowish wove paper, -1/2a with couple pinholes and small thin (none affecting design), 1a with crease between pos. 1 and 2, still Fine-Very Fine, scarce in multiples and rated "O2" in Spence

E. 500-750
550
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747
 
Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 747, India - Essays & Scinde Dawk IssuesINDIA, 1852, -1/2a White, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S1; Scott A1), INDIA, 1852, -1/2a White, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S1; Scott A1)INDIA, 1852, -1/2a White, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S1; Scott A1). Huge balanced margins, neat dotted diamond cancel, bold impression, strengthened vertical crease thru right part of design, otherwise Very Fine, with 2014 Behr certificate (not mentioning any faults), Scott $2,600.00

£ 2,500
450
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748
 
Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 748, India - Essays & Scinde Dawk IssuesINDIA, 1852, -1/2a White, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S1; Scott A1), INDIA, 1852, -1/2a White, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S1; Scott A1)INDIA, 1852, -1/2a White, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S1; Scott A1). Tied to piece though likely not originating, wide margins though clipped at corners into octagon shape, diamond of dots and trace of red cancels, strong impression with clear detail, Fine, Scott $2,600.00

£ 2,500
800
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749
 
Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 749, India - Essays & Scinde Dawk IssuesINDIA, 1852, -1/2a White, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S1; Scott A1), INDIA, 1852, -1/2a White, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S1; Scott A1)INDIA, 1852, -1/2a White, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S1; Scott A1). Affixed to piece though likely not originating, large margins all around, light diamond of dots cancel, bold impression with clear detail, couple horizontal creases and tear at left extending into design, Fine appearance, Scott $2,600.00

£ 2,500
750
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750
 
Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 750, India - Essays & Scinde Dawk IssuesINDIA, 1852, -1/2a White, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S1; Scott A1), INDIA, 1852, -1/2a White, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S1; Scott A1)INDIA, 1852, -1/2a White, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S1; Scott A1). Vertical pair, huge margins all around, bold and clear embossing, cancel lightened due to treatment to reduce staining, bottom stamp with light bend just into design, Very Fine appearance, "Scinde Dawk" multiples of any size are enormous rarities with very few examples thought to exist, with 2019 B.P.A. certificate, catalogued as singles, Scott $5,200.00

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£ 5,000
11,000
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751
 
Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 751, India - Essays & Scinde Dawk IssuesINDIA, 1852, -1/2a White, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S1; Scott A1), INDIA, 1852, -1/2a White, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S1; Scott A1)INDIA, 1852, -1/2a White, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S1; Scott A1). Three examples, large to full margins, each with severe faults such as heavy creasing, small pinholes and thins, still Fine appearing examples of these scarce stamps, SG £7,500, Scott $7,800.00

E. 750-1,000
1,200
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752
 
Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 752, India - Essays & Scinde Dawk IssuesINDIA, 1852, -1/2a Blue, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S2; Scott A2), INDIA, 1852, -1/2a Blue, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S2; Scott A2)INDIA, 1852, -1/2a Blue, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S2; Scott A2). Mostly huge margins to just barely touching at top, strong embossing, perfectly struck barred "96" cancel of Hyderabad

FINE AND RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE HALF-ANNA BLUE "SCINDE DAWK".

The "Scinde Dawk" name is simply because they were used in the Sindh Province and the word "Dawk" is an anglicized spelling of the Hindustani word for "Post". The -1/2a Red (SG S3; Scott A3) was first issued on July 1, 1852 as a wafer wax seal - the first postage stamp of Asia. Due to the obvious shortfalls of a wafer seal, the White and Blue (SG S1-S2; Scott A1-A2) stamps were printed and embossed for use.

With 2019 B.P.A. certificate. Scott $11,000.00

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£ 11,000
5,750
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753
 
Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 753, India - Essays & Scinde Dawk IssuesINDIA, 1852, -1/2a Blue, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S2; Scott A2), INDIA, 1852, -1/2a Blue, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S2; Scott A2)INDIA, 1852, -1/2a Blue, "Scinde Dawk" (SG S2; Scott A2). Affixed to piece, mostly large margins, lightly cancelled, multiple faults incl. creased, toning and surface flaw, still of Fine appearance for this scarce stamp, Scott $11,000.00, SG £11,000

E. 1,000-1,500
2,900
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754
 
Sale Number 1204, Lot Number 754, India - Essays & Scinde Dawk IssuesINDIA, 1852, -1/2a Red, Scinde District Post (SG S3; Scott A3), INDIA, 1852, -1/2a Red, Scinde District Post (SG S3; Scott A3)INDIA, 1852, -1/2a Red, Scinde District Post (SG S3; Scott A3). Affixed to paper, strong embossing, cancelled by dotted diamond cancel, typical cracks and splits as always, repaired and painted in

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE HIGHLY COLLECTABLE RED "SCINDE DAWK". A MAJOR RARITY AND THE FIRST STAMP ISSUED IN ASIA.

The "Scinde Dawk" name is simply because they were used in the Sindh Province and the word "Dawk" is an anglicized spelling of the Hindustani word for "Post". The -1/2a Red Scinde Dawk was the first stamp issued in all of Asia. Because it was embossed on a wax wafer it had a tendency to crack (and often disintegrate). It was deemed unacceptable and quickly replaced with the white and blue stamps embossed on paper.

With 2019 B.P.A. certificate. Scott $40,000.00. SG £32,000

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