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Sale 1214 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

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

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Category — Mauritius thru New Britain

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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1369, Mauritius thru New BritainMAURITIUS, 1848, 2p Dark Blue on Grayish Paper, Earliest Impression (4; SG 5), MAURITIUS, 1848, 2p Dark Blue on Grayish Paper, Earliest Impression (4; SG 5)MAURITIUS, 1848, 2p Dark Blue on Grayish Paper, Earliest Impression (4; SG 5). Position 6, unused (without gum), large to full margins including sheet at right, excellent color and intense impression indicative of the Earliest Impressions, small portion of design and margin added at bottom

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN IMMENSELY RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-PENCE DARK BLUE "POST PAID" FROM THE EARLIEST IMPRESSION. ONE OF THE MOST DISTINCTIVE AND ICONIC BRITISH COMMONWEALTH RARITIES.

While postal services in Mauritius date back to 1770s, it wasn't until 1846 that inland mail service was organized. Joseph Osmond Barnard, a local printer and engraver, was contracted to produce two stamps. He engraved both stamps on a single plate with the inscriptions "Post Office". It is believed 500 were printed and were sold out almost immediately. For second printing, from which the example offered here came, were engraved directly onto two copper plates of twelve (four rows of three), one for each value with the inscription "Post Paid". The plates wore away relatively quickly, and so only a very limited number of impressions qualify as the earliest.

Ex Ferrary and Chartwell. Signed A. Diena. Scott $62,500.00. SG £65,000

E. 7,500-10,000
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1370
 
Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1370, Mauritius thru New BritainMAURITIUS, 1848, 2p Dark Blue, "PENOE" Error, Earliest Impression (4d; SG 5a), MAURITIUS, 1848, 2p Dark Blue, "PENOE" Error, Earliest Impression (4d; SG 5a)MAURITIUS, 1848, 2p Dark Blue, "PENOE" Error, Earliest Impression (4d; SG 5a). Position 7, mostly huge margins to full at right, relatively light barred circle and target cancels, mostly face-free with the error "PENOE" easily seen, small thins in top margin and bottom right with small thin and crease

VERY FINE APPEARING USED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 2-PENCE BLUE "PENOE" ERROR FROM THE EARLIEST IMPRESSION. A RARE BRITISH COMMONWEATLH ERROR FROM THIS ICONIC ISSUE OCCURING ONLY ONCE ON A PLATE.

The "Post Paid" examples were engraved directly onto two copper plates of twelve (four rows of three), one for each value. Position 7 (R. 3/1) contained the most pronounced error variety of "PENOE" for "PENCE". The plates wore away relatively quickly, and so only a very limited number of impressions qualify as the earliest.

Ex Chartwell. Scott $42,500.00. SG £45,000

E. 5,000-7,500
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1371, Mauritius thru New BritainMAURITIUS, 1848, 1p Orange, Early Impression (3a; SG 7), MAURITIUS, 1848, 1p Orange, Early Impression (3a; SG 7)MAURITIUS, 1848, 1p Orange, Early Impression (3a; SG 7). Horizontal pair, positions 8-9, huge balanced margins all around, lightened numeral "14" cancels (Plaine Magnien) appearing unused at first glance, minor cosmetic restoration

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING PAIR OF THE ONE-PENNY "POST PAID" FROM THE EARLY IMPRESSION.

The "Post Paid" examples were engraved directly onto two copper plates of twelve (four rows of three), one for each value. Multiples of any size, even pairs, are seldom encountered and exceptionally rare.

Ex Ferrary, Burrus, Tomasini and Chartwell. Catalogued simply as singles. Scott $14,500.00. SG £14,000

E. 4,000-5,000
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1372, Mauritius thru New BritainMAURITIUS, 1848, 1p Orange on Bluish Paper, Early Impression (5; SG 6), MAURITIUS, 1848, 1p Orange on Bluish Paper, Early Impression (5; SG 6)MAURITIUS, 1848, 1p Orange on Bluish Paper, Early Impression (5; SG 6). Block of six, positions 1-3/4-6, mostly large margins to just touching the bottom right two stamps, each stamp with lightly struck but clear blue two-ring numeral "1" cancel of Mahebourg, top strip with minor cosmetic repair and few other trivial faults

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A REMARKABLE MULTIPLE OF THE ONE-PENNY "POST PAID" FROM THE EARLY IMPRESSION. THIS IS THE LARGEST MULTIPLE RECORDED AND ONE OF ONLY TWO KNOWN.

The "Post Paid" examples were engraved directly onto two copper plates of twelve (four rows of three), one for each value. Multiples of any size, even pairs, are seldom encountered and exceptionally rare.

Ex Kanai and Chartwell. Signed Bartels. Catalogued simply as singles. Scott $43,500.00. SG £45,000

E. 7,500-10,000
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1373
 
Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1373, Mauritius thru New BritainMAURITIUS, 1859, 2p Blue on Bluish Paper, Lapirot Issue (14B; SG 37), MAURITIUS, 1859, 2p Blue on Bluish Paper, Lapirot Issue (14B; SG 37)MAURITIUS, 1859, 2p Blue on Bluish Paper, Lapirot Issue (14B; SG 37). Mostly large margins to ample at bottom left, barred oval cancel, deep color and sharp impression, minute sealed tear at bottom left, Very Fine appearance, SG £3,250

3,000
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1374, Mauritius thru New BritainMONTSERRAT, 1876, 1p Red, Vertical Bisect Used as -1/2p (1a; SG 1a), MONTSERRAT, 1876, 1p Red, Vertical Bisect Used as -1/2p (1a; SG 1a)MONTSERRAT, 1876, 1p Red, Vertical Bisect Used as -1/2p (1a; SG 1a). Left vertical bisect, tied over the cut by clearly struck "A08" oval cancel with corresponding "Montserrat Paid JU 14 83" circular datestamp at bottom left on cover to Roseau, Dominica, manuscript "Printed matter" at top, Dominica arrival datestamp, central file fold not affecting stamps or markings, Very Fine, a handsome example of this scarce bisect, with 1984 R.P.S. certificate, SG £1,400

1,650
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1375, Mauritius thru New BritainMONTSERRAT, 1884, 2-1/2p Red Brown (7; SG 9), MONTSERRAT, 1884, 2-1/2p Red Brown (7; SG 9)MONTSERRAT, 1884, 2-1/2p Red Brown (7; SG 9). Block of four with plate no. 1 in bottom selvage, slightly toned original gum, top pair lightly hinged, bottom pair Mint N.H., top right stamp with minute thin speck, Very Fine appearance, a rare plate no. multiple, catalogued as hinged singles, SG £1,100

1,100
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1376
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1376, Mauritius thru New BritainNATAL, 1857, 3p Rose (1; SG 4), NATAL, 1857, 3p Rose (1; SG 4)NATAL, 1857, 3p Rose (1; SG 4). Large margins to just touching at top, clear embossing, lightly cancelled by "Post Office, P.M. Burg" oval cancel on 1858 folded "Natal Fire Assurance and Trust Company" letterhead to Durban, Very Fine, a superb cover for the issue, ex Hart, with 1993 B.P.A. certificate

E. 750-1,000
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1377, Mauritius thru New BritainNATAL, 1858, 1p Rose (6; SG 2), NATAL, 1858, 1p Rose (6; SG 2)NATAL, 1858, 1p Rose (6; SG 2). Large margins to clear at bottom left, tied on small piece by lightly struck blue Durban circular datestamp, unusually clear and strong embossing, Very Fine, a scarce stamp in this premium condition, with 2009 B.P.A. certificate, SG £1,900

2,200
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1378, Mauritius thru New BritainNATAL, 1902, £5 Black & Violet (98; SG 144), NATAL, 1902, £5 Black & Violet (98; SG 144)NATAL, 1902, £5 Black & Violet (98; SG 144). Unused (no gum), bold colors on crisp paper, Very Fine, a rare unused high-value, ex Gilbert, SG £5,500

5,500
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1379, Mauritius thru New BritainNATAL, 1908, £1 10sh Violet & Orange Brown on Chalky Paper (109; SG 162), NATAL, 1908, £1 10sh Violet & Orange Brown on Chalky Paper (109; SG 162)NATAL, 1908, £1 10sh Violet & Orange Brown on Chalky Paper (109; SG 162). H.r., excellent colors on fresh paper, trivial gum bend, otherwise Very Fine and scarce example of this high value, SG £1,800

1,900
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1380
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1380, Mauritius thru New BritainNATAL, 1908-09, £1 Black & Violet on Red (116; SG 171), NATAL, 1908-09, £1 Black & Violet on Red (116; SG 171)NATAL, 1908-09, £1 Black & Violet on Red (116; SG 171). Lightly hinged, exceptionally well-centered, vibrant color, Extremely Fine, SG £425

450
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1381
 
Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1381, Mauritius thru New BritainNEVIS, Great Britain 1858-60, 6p Lilac (A5; SG Z4), NEVIS, Great Britain 1858-60, 6p Lilac (A5; SG Z4)NEVIS, Great Britain 1858-60, 6p Lilac (A5; SG Z4). Horizontal strip of four, used on small piece with four bold strikes of barred "A09" cancels of Charlestown, small fold between one pair and right pair with minor creases and right stamp with small tear at top, otherwise Very Fine appearing strip, a rare multiple use with only five strips recorded, catalogued as singles, SG £1,000

1,200
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1382, Mauritius thru New BritainNEW BRITAIN, 1914, 1sh on 1m Carmine (12; SG 12), NEW BRITAIN, 1914, 1sh on 1m Carmine (12; SG 12)NEW BRITAIN, 1914, 1sh on 1m Carmine (12; SG 12). With selvage at top, setting IV, position 3, traces of original gum, well-centered, deep rich color, hinge reinforcement with top selvage

VERY FINE. A SCARCE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-SHILLING ON ONE-MARK CARMINE FROM THE FIRST SETTING.

The first example we have offered in over 20 years. Ex Frazer and Gilbert. With 2003 B.P.A. certificate. SG £3,500

5,500
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1383
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1383, Mauritius thru New BritainNEW BRITAIN, 1914, 2sh on 2m Blue (40; SG 60), NEW BRITAIN, 1914, 2sh on 2m Blue (40; SG 60)NEW BRITAIN, 1914, 2sh on 2m Blue (40; SG 60). H.r., deep color, two small thin specks from hinge removal (not mentioned on accompanying certificate), Very Fine appearance, only 200 printed, ex Gilbert, with 1994 R.P.S. certificate, SG £1,900

2,000
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