Sale 1106 — 2015 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Thursday, 25 June, 2015

Category — Worldwide (Belgium to Great Britain)

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3185
 
Sale 1106, Lot 3185, Worldwide (Belgium to Great Britain)BRITISH GUIANA, 1850, 8c Black on Green, "Cotton Reel" (4; SG 4). Thick rule, cut square, initialed "E. D. W." (Edmond Dalzell Wight, clerk to the Colonial Post Office), margins touching to just in at top and right, neat Demerara town postmark, trivial thin speck

FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 1850 8-CENTS COTTON REEL. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE SINCE IT IS CUT SQUARE. THE COTTON REEL ISSUES ARE AMONG THE MOST ROMANTIC OF ALL STAMPS IN WORLDWIDE PHILATELY.

The first stamps of British Guiana were issued in July 1850, in denominations of 2c, 4c, 8c and 12c. They were printed at the offices of the Royal Gazette of British Guiana newspaper. Quickly produced from printer’s type and a printer’s rule bent into a crude circle, the stamps earned the nickname “Cotton Reel” from collectors because they look similar to labels on the wooden ends of a reel of cotton thread.

Each stamp was initialed as a control to prevent either theft or counterfeiting. The “E.D.W.” initials of Edmond D. Wight also appear on the famous 1c Magenta British Guiana stamp.

Of the few known examples that are not cut to shape, several have faults or repairs. The example offered here is one of the most desirable of the existing copies.

Ex de Coppet and from our 1971 Rarities of the World sale. From the World Traveler Collection. Signed Moens, Bloch and with clear 2015 Sismondo certificate. SG £70,000

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