Sale 1259 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 21-23 June, 2022

Category — French Congo thru French Oceania

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4082
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Sale 1259, Lot 4082, French Congo thru French OceaniaFRENCH CONGO, 1891, 5c on 1c Black on Lilac Blue, Red Surcharge (1; Yvert 1A). Original gum, well-centered for this, strong color and impression, uncommonly fresh

VERY FINE. AN IMMENSELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF FRENCH CONGO SCOTT NO. 1. ONLY 100 PRINTED AND THE MAJORITY WERE USED.

The first stamps of French Congo were made by surcharging French Colonies stamps. It was decided to surcharge 3,000 1c stamps with a 5c overprint. The first sheet was surcharged in red, but the impression was determined to be unsatisfactory. The remaining 2,900 stamps were overprinted in black, creating Scott No. 2.

Of the small number of unused examples we were able to locate, the Venn copy compares favorably to all of them. Most are no gum, poorly centered, and/or have faults.

Signed A. Brun and Calves. With 2021 Scheller and Roumet certificates. Scott $6,500.00. Yvert €8,500

E. 3,000-4,000
6,000
4083
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Sale 1259, Lot 4083, French Congo thru French OceaniaFRENCH CONGO, 1891, 5c on 20c Red on Green (6; Yvert 3). Original gum, h.r., deep color on fresh paper, Very Fine, a scarce original-gum stamp, ex Grashof, signed A. Brun and with 2003 P.F. certificate, Scott $1,300.00, Yvert €1,900

E. 400-500
1,200
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4084
 
Sale 1259, Lot 4084, French Congo thru French OceaniaFRENCH CONGO, 1900, 15c on 30c Brown on Bister (51; Yvert 26). Tied on piece by complete July 10, 1900 double-circle datestamp, rich color, Very Fine and among the finest of the small number still in existence, this was provisionally issued on July 9, 1900 due to a shortage of regular 15c stamps, while 900 were produced, most were destroyed after the new supply of 15c stamps arrived, ex Wyer, signed Champion, Roumet, and Calves, with 2010 Roumet certificate, Scott $2,600.00, Yvert €4,000

E. 1,000-1,500
2,300
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4085
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French Congo Unused Collection. Eight of the 1891 Surcharges, includes both horizontal and vertical overprints, catalogue values to $425.00 (Scott No. 13), also 1892 Postage Due surcharges, 1892-1904 Definitives, and both of the 1903 Surcharges, original gum, most Very Fine, seven certificates accompany, Scott $4,300.00

E. 750-1,000
2,400
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4086
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French Equatorial Africa Complete Unused Collection. Complete Postage, Semi-Postal, Air Post and Postage Dues issues, key overprints mostly signed and No. CB6 with A.P.S. certificate, mainly Very Fine, Scott over $4,000.00

E. 750-1,000
1,700
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4087
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Sale 1259, Lot 4087, French Congo thru French OceaniaFRENCH GUIANA, 1866, 5c on 2c Green on Greenish (1; Yvert 1). Unused, without gum as always, large to full margins, deep color, Very Fine, signed Calves, with 2009 Scheller and Roumet certificates, Scott $750.00, Yvert €900

E. 200-300
350
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4088
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Sale 1259, Lot 4088, French Congo thru French OceaniaFRENCH GUIANA, 1886, 5c on 30c Brown on Yellow (9; Yvert 7). Large part original gum, large to full margins, strong color and impression, Very Fine, it is believed only 300 were produced, and only a small number of those still retain any original gum, with 1998 Behr and 2000 P.F. certificates, Scott $1,500.00, Yvert €1,900

E. 400-500
650
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4089
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Sale 1259, Lot 4089, French Congo thru French OceaniaFRENCH GUIANA, 1892, 2c Green on Greenish (12; Yvert 11). Bottom left corner sheet-margin single, other margins large to full, original gum, lightly hinged, deep intense color, Extremely Fine, an especially scarce stamp with original gum, signed A. Brun and Calves, with 2000 P.F. certificate, Scott $850.00 (as no gum), Yvert €1,100

E. 400-500
650
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4090
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Sale 1259, Lot 4090, French Congo thru French OceaniaFRENCH GUIANA, 1892, 35c Black on Orange (14; Yvert 12). Original gum, large to full margins, deep color and sharp impression, Very Fine, a rare stamp, particularly with original gum, signed Marquelet and with 2001 P.F. certificate, Scott $2,850.00 (as no gum), Yvert €3,750

E. 1,000-1,500
2,500
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4091
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French Guiana Unused Collection. Early surcharges cataloguing up to $400.00, 1892 Peace & Commerce overprints complete, and complete thereafter, also includes a complete run of Inini, a couple early stamps without gum as usual, otherwise original gum, mainly Very Fine, eight certificates accompany, Scott over $4,800.00

E. 750-1,000
2,400
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4092
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French Guinea Nearly Complete Unused Collection. The only stamp missing is the 40c from the First Issue (catalogued $40.00) - apparently Mr. Venn could not find one that met his high standards, otherwise complete including Postage Dues and other Back-of-Book, most Very Fine, Scott over $1,700.00

E. 300-400
700
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4093
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Sale 1259, Lot 4093, French Congo thru French OceaniaFRENCH INDIA, 1903, 5c on 25c to 40c on 50c Surcharges (20-23; Yvert 20-23). Original gum, No. 21 Mint N.H., well-centered and with fresh colors throughout, No. 20 may have a tiny thin speck, overall a Very Fine set, No. 20 signed Buhler and Calves, No. 21 signed Calves, No. 23 signed A. Brun, Nos. 20 and 23 each with 2006 Calves certificate, Scott $1,425.00, Yvert €1,680

E. 300-400
550
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4094
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Sale 1259, Lot 4094, French Congo thru French OceaniaFRENCH INDIA, 1941, 2fa9ca on 25c Ultramarine & Fawn, Blue "France Libre" Overprint (116; Yvert 131). Original gum, unhinged but with typical slightly tropicalized gum, unusually well-centered (most are centered well to the top right), brilliant colors, Extremely Fine, signed A. Brun and with 2000 P.F. certificate ("never hinged"), Scott $1,600.00, Yvert €1,800

E. 500-750
1,000
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4095
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Sale 1259, Lot 4095, French Congo thru French OceaniaFRENCH INDIA, 1941, 2fa9ca on 25c Ultramarine & Fawn, Blue Diagonal "France Libre" Overprint (116a; Yvert 131c). Original gum, lightly hinged, near perfect centering (a most unusual trait), gorgeous bright colors on pristine white paper, Extremely Fine, rarely seen in this select quality, signed A. Brun and with 2000 P.F. certificate, Scott $1,400.00, Yvert €1,600

E. 500-750
1,000
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4096
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Sale 1259, Lot 4096, French Congo thru French OceaniaFRENCH INDIA, 1941, 2fa9ca on 25c Ultramarine & Fawn, Carmine "France Libre" Overprint (116b; Yvert 131b). Original gum, lightly hinged, excellent centering, deep colors, Very Fine, a rare stamp, signed A. Brun and with 2007 P.F. certificate, Scott $2,100.00, Yvert €2,500

E. 750-1,000
2,000
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4097
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Sale 1259, Lot 4097, French Congo thru French OceaniaFRENCH INDIA, 1941, 18ca Brown Red & Vermilion, "France Libre" Overprint (123A; Yvert 139). Original gum, very lightly hinged, strong colors, Very Fine, the key stamp of the set, signed Calves, Scott $675.00, Yvert €820

E. 200-300
350
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4098
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Sale 1259, Lot 4098, French Congo thru French OceaniaFRENCH INDIA, 1941, 5fa Paris Exposition with "France Libre" Overprint, Souvenir Sheet (140a; Yvert BF3). Original gum, lightly hinged, Very Fine, only 495 printed, with 2001 P.F. certificate, Scott $1,000.00, Yvert €1,200

E. 400-500
600
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4099
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Sale 1259, Lot 4099, French Congo thru French OceaniaFRENCH INDIA, 1942, 16ca Paris Exposition with "France Libre" Overprint (179; Yvert 172). Mint N.H. excellent centering, vibrant color, Extremely Fine, a beautiful example of this scarce stamp, signed A. Brun and with his 1953 certificate, Scott $1,300.00 (as hinged), Yvert €2,250

E. 500-750
1,600
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4100
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French India Unused Collection. Lacking only the 1903 Surcharge set and the rarest "France Libre" overprints for completion (these missing items are all offered separately), includes a "France Libre" souvenir sheet (Mint N.H. with slight surface rub and natural paper inclusion), original gum, majority Very Fine, four certificates accompany, Scott over $4,100.00

E. 750-1,000
2,100
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4101
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Sale 1259, Lot 4101, French Congo thru French OceaniaFRENCH MOROCCO, 1893, 10c Black (10; Yvert 10). Original gum, well-centered for this, Very Fine, 450 were printed and only a tiny fraction of those exist unused, with 2001 P.F. certificate, Scott $2,900.00, Yvert €3,000

E. 750-1,000
2,200
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4102
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Sale 1259, Lot 4102, French Congo thru French OceaniaFRENCH MOROCCO, 1903, 5c on 5c Light Blue, Vertical Surcharge (24; Yvert 18). Original gum, nicely centered, strong color, Very Fine, only 150 printed and this is the first original-gum example we have offered in at least 30 years, with 2001 P.F. certificate, Scott $1,500.00, Yvert €1,900

E. 500-750
1,000
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4103
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Sale 1259, Lot 4103, French Congo thru French OceaniaFRENCH MOROCCO, 1914, 10c+5c on 10c Rose (B3; Yvert 56). Original gum, well-centered, rich color, Very Fine, a very scarce stamp, signed A. Brun and with 2000 P.F. certificate, Scott $1,650.00, Yvert €2,200

E. 400-500
700
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4104
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French Morocco Unused Collection. To 1941, lacking only a handful of better stamps for completion, includes No. B5 (P.F. certificate) and J5 (Calves certificate), original gum, much is Very Fine, Scott over $3,900.00

E. 500-750
1,800
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4105
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French Oceania Collection. To 1946, complete for the period including Back-of-Book, original gum, mainly Very Fine, Scott over $2,000.00

E. 400-500
650
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