Sale 1287 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 23-24 May, 2023
Category — Great Britain
VERY FINE. AN IMPORTANT AND UNIQUE USE OF THE MULREADY ENVELOPE CONTAINING TWO RARE POSTMARK ELEMENTS CONVERGING ON ONE LETTER SHEET - A MAGENTA MALTESE CROSS AND A MAY 10 (SUNDAY) DATESTAMP.
Any color of the Maltese Cross other than red or black is unusual. The magenta is particularly rare, and catalogues £12,000 in Stanley Gibbons. The official first day of use of the Mulreadys was May 6, 1840. Envelopes and letter sheets used on that day (or a few that were used a day or two prior - contrary to regulations) are rare and highly prized. But probably just as rare (if not rarer) are letter sheets used on Sunday, May 10. Few post offices were open on that date. Stanley Gibbons has a huge premium for letter sheets used on May 10 (£10,000). When one combines that Magenta postmark with the Sunday, May 10 date, the rarity becomes almost incalculable.
Ex "Victoriana" and illustrated in Jackson (p. 299). With clear 2008 B.P.A. certificate.
VERY FINE. A SUPERB QUALITY PENNY BLACK FROM PLATE 11 USED ON A RAILWAY CIRCULAR.
Plate 11 is by far the scarcest plate of the Penny Blacks. Its use on a railway circular may be unique.
With clear 1990 B.P.A. certificate. SG for a normal plate 11 on cover £16,000
VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE MIXED-ISSUE FRANKING OF THE 1840 2-PENCE BLUE AND 1841 ONE-PENNY RED. A MAJOR LINE-ENGRAVED RARITY.
Covers bearing the 1840 2p Blue and in combination with other stamps are rare. They would be used to pay multiples of the 2p rate. In most cases, two or more 2p stamps would be used. In rare cases, two (or more) 1p Black stamps would be used in conjunction with the 2p. In the case of the cover offered here, two 1p stamps from the 1841 printing were used. Only a tiny number of such mixed-issue frankings are known, with this among the most impressive of this minute number. By October 1841, the new 2p design ("white lines") had already been available for several months. The sender must of still had a single unused 2p stamp from the first issue on hand and used it with a pair of the current 1p stamp.
With 1999 Holcombe certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF ANY OF THE 1847-54 ONE-SHILLING EMBOSSED STAMPS.
The presses used to print the Embossed issue allowed for only one impression to be printed at a time. This resulted in small (or non-existent) and irregular spacing between stamps. They were cut apart with scissors, often carelessly, resulting in the vast majority having little or no margins on one or more sides. The bottom margin on this stamp is either from the edge of a sheet, or the had the stamp below fortuitously printed with a huge gap.
To find a stamp containing all of these desirable characteristics - large margins, full original gum, crisp embossing, and from the scarcer Die 2 - is quite remarkable.
With 1994 B.P.A. certificate. Scott $22,500.00 (for the generic 1sh stamp). SG £27,000
EXTREMELY FINE. THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1884 ONE-POUND BROWN VIOLET WE HAVE OFFERED IN AT LEAST 30 YEARS, AND ONE OF THE FINEST EXTANT.
Every copy we have offered since keeping computerized records has a gum crease or other fault. This stamp, with its impressive centering, marvelous freshness, and pristine original gum, possesses all of the physical attributes one could hope for (but never find) on a single example.
With 1993 Brandon certificate. Scott $32,500.00. SG £28,000
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB MINT-NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE POPULAR 1913 ONE-POUND SEAHORSE.
Scott $4,300.00. SG £3,750