SURFACE PRINTED STAMPS, COVERS

AND HIGH VALUES

LILAC and GREEN and

the 1d LILAC Issues

 

9d SG110: Plate Number 4.


 
15171. SG111, 9d ‘TB’, plate 4:

fine example, light NW corner NW, London EC cds, July 9th 1875. 

In the bottom margin is the PLATE NUMBER 4.

Only two stamps per sheet of 240 had the plate number printed in the margin. 

The only used plate number example we have seen.  

A very rare item.

Price:  £275.00

 

SG101: Warrant Number 236

151854. SG101 1/- Plate 4: fine used with excellent colour

and the WARRANT Number 236 in the bottom margin. 

Only two stamps per sheet of 240 have this number in the margin.

 The emblems watermark is displaced significantly upwards. 

We know of only two used examples including this one.

Price:  £250.00 

 

SG117 Plate 5: Warrant Number 256

151855.  SG117 Plate 5: a superb cds with the WARRANT number 256.

Some light diagonal creasing but only two stamps per sheet of 240

have this number in the margin.

A rare item. 

Price:  £125.00

 

SG117 Plate 6: Warrant Number 330

151856.  SG115 1/- Plate 6: superb/very fine used,

one short perf, with the WARRANT number 330.

Cancelled by a very light London cds leaving almost the entire Queen's head clear. 

Only two stamps per sheet of 240 have this number in the margin.

A rare item. 

Price:  £185.00

 

SG127 5/- Plate 2

           

151849.  5/- Plate 2 SG127: a remarkable example in the pale rose shade

with a small part of a Registered datestamp leaving the whole of QV's head clear. 

Gibbons prices this scarce plate at £1,500 which with the

75% premium for so lightly used rises to £2,625. 

We have not seen a lighter used example. 

A superb rarity. 

Price: £575.00

 

SG134 5/- Plate 4

          

151850.  5/- Plate 4 SG130 (white paper): a very pale shade of rose

cancelled by an unusual crown surrounded by GC and TB. 

Can recall only seeing one other example of this type of cancellation. 

The TB possibly stands for Training Board?

The basic stamp priced by Gibbons at £4,800. 

A very unusual and rare item. 

Price: £550.00

 

6d SG108 Plate 8: third day after issue

151803.  6d SG108 Plate 8, 'IB': very fine tied to a clean uncreased wrapper from London to Cadiz. 

Stamp tied by a superb London duplex for March 10th 1869. 

This stamp was issued on March 8th 1869 so this is only the third day after official issue

and the earliest we have been able to offer. 

Booth in the latest, 2017, Edition of 'Collect GB First Day Covers',

prices a first day of issue example for this 6d at £3,500.

We can recall seeing only two examples used on the day of issue. 

A superb and rare item. 

Price:  £275.00

 

4d SG94 Plate 12

151808.  4d SG94 Plate 12, 'LB':

fine used cancelled by a fine/good strike of the

elusive 'T.0.2' Travelling/Temporary Office series, 1-6. 

Price:  £29.00

 

3d SG103 Plate 9

151807.  3d SG103 Plate 9, 'GD':

fine used cancelled by a superb/very fine 'T.0.2'

of the elusive Travelling/Temporary Office series, 1-6. 

Rarely found so well struck and very scarce on any surface printed issue. 

Price:  £48.50

 

3d SG77 vertical pair

151804.  3d SG77, pale carmine-rose, 'PK-QK', fine verical pair:

on a clean thin envelope from London to Milan, November 23rd 1863, with a fine printed address. 

Seldom found as a multiple on cover; the 6d values were currently available. 

A single on cover priced by Gibbons at £600.

The browning along the top of the envelope is a trick of the scanner. 

A very scarce item.

Price: £158.00

 

6d SG69

151794.  6d SG69, block of 6, deep lilac, used in London:

fine used except for a blunt corner on the bottom left stamp.

The brown areas on the reverse side are a trick of the scanner:

they are either not present or very faint. 

A block of 4 in this scarcer shade priced by Gibbons at £890

and prorata for a block of 6 at £1,300. 

Attractive and very scarce item. 

Price:  £320.00

 

SG102 Plate 6

151795.  3d SG102, Plate 6, used block of 6, 'GJ-HL': some creasing on

top three stamps and a very small closed tears at the top of 'HK' and 'GJ'. 

For any of this series, used blocks larger than four are very difficult to find. 

Priced by Gibbons prorata for a block of 6 at £630. 

Price: £68.00

 

SG141 Plate 11

 151796.  SG102 Plate 11, 'OG-PI': good/fine used block of 6

 cancelled by the Western District, W/34, rated Rare by Parmenter in

'Barred Numeral Cancellations of London'.

Some short perfs as per the scan but a

very scarce/rare combination of the size of the block and cancellation. 

Priced by Gibbons, prorata as a block of 6, at £785.  

Price: £110.00

 

1/- SG163 Plate 13

       

151806.  1/- SG163 Plate 13, 'AB-BC': a sound used block of 4

cancelled by the Western District, W/27,

rated Very Rare in 'Barred Numeral Cancellations of London' by Parmenter.

Gibbons, in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1, at £850 as a block of four. 

Seldom found in a block and rare with this cancellation. 

Price: £125.00

 

SG163 Plate 13

151797. 1/- SG163 Plate 13, 'ME-NG':

block of 6 with HASTINGS duplexes for September 21st 1882.

Corner fault on 'ME' and a blunt corner on 'NG'.

A very scarce/rare block, priced by Gibbons as a

 block of 4 at £850 and £1,275 pro rata as a block of 6. 

Very fine colour and a clean reverse. 

Price: £170.00

 

4d SG66 wrapper from Manchester

151754.  4d SG66, very fine, centred high, with excellent perfs, superbly fresh and tied to a clean wrapper to

Paris by a lightly applied Manchester duplex for November 15th 1858. 

Paris receiver on reverse for November 17th 1858.

An attractive item in wonderful condition and

one of the finest examples overall of this 4d on cover we have seen.

Priced by Gibbons at £225 on cover without the premium.

The scan does not do it justice.

Price:  £130.00

 

4d SG66 from London

151755.  4d SG66, very fine/fine rich shade, couple of short perfs at right,

neatly tied by a London duplex, February 15th 1860. 

On a clean wrapper to Lyon with a variety of transit marks on the reverse.  

Attractive and very scarce in such fine overall condition.

Priced by Gibbons at £225 on cover. 

Price:  £95.00

 

3d SG76 on envelope

151752.  3d SG76, 'CK', very fine, tied to a small, neat envelope with a blue printed monogram on the reverse.

London date stamp on the reverse, November 10th 1864, and addressed to Amsterdam. 

A couple of short perfs at the right and two perfs with possibly very small tone spots at the top. 

Remarkably, the cancellation leaves the whole of the Queen's head clear.

Gibbons prices this stamp on cover at £600.

In view of the light cancellation, the Gibbons premium of 125%

could fairly be added giving a figure of £1,325. 

An attractive and very rare item of Exhibition quality.   

Price: £295.00

NB: the few tone spots on the front are far fainter than in the scan.

 

Kirkwall Type VI Scots Local

151325.  4d SG66, fine/very fine, tied to a small piece by a superb strike

of the unique Kirkwall Scots Local Type V1. 

This type is illustrated by Alcock, on a 1d star, in 'Scots Local Cancellations Illustrated'

but the strike is a poorish one in comparison with that offered here.

In the 1971 Meridith sale of Scots Local Cancellations, Lot 200, a 2d perf and an example of

this 4d with this cancellation, on two separate small pieces realised, in modern money, approx £600. 

This is the first example we have been able to offer for some considerable time

and the first on a value other than the contemporary 1d.  

An attractive and rare item.

Price: £145.00

 

An ABNORMAL on cover with RPS Certificate

    

1212.  6d plate 12 SG124a, PALE CHESTNUT: 

 a fine/very fine example of this ABNORMAL on clean entire to

Messina from London, January 9th 1873, with a clear RPS certificate. 

Used in conjunction with a 1d plate 154 (very small fault) and

offered with an example on cover to Genoa of the

6d plate 12, SG124, in the issued pale buff shade. 

A considerable surface printed rarity with

only a few examples known on full cover. 

Price:  £3,880.00

 

SG192: pair on entire to Vera Cruz carried on the Inman Line's

 'CITY of BERLIN'

151725.  4d SG192, 'SK-SL', a fine pair with strong colour:

tied to a commercial entire in spanish from Manchester, November 27th 1884, to Vera Cruz.

The condition is finer than the scan suggests as the writing from inside is not as obvious on the front of the letter. 

Written top left is 'City of Berlin', via New York. 

The 'City of Berlin' was the Inman Line's Premier Passenger Ship until 1888. 

A single 4d priced on cover by Gibbons at £350. 

A very scarce item which travelled on a famous liner.

Price:  £280.00. 

NB: City of Berlin was a British ocean liner that won the Blue Riband for the

Inman Line in 1875 as the fastest liner on the Atlantic.

She was also the largest passenger ship for six years except for the inactive Great Eastern.

Built by Caird & Company in Scotland, City of Berlin was the Inman Line's premier unit for thirteen years

until City of New York was commissioned in 1888.

She served the Inman Line until 1893 when Inman was merged into the American Line, and she was operated

by her new owners on both the American Line and Red Star Line until 1898.

She was sold to the U.S. Government and was in their service until after World War I.

Photo of the ship on the internet.

 

Stock Exchange Forgery

 

15040.   STOCK EXCHANGE FORGERY:

SG115, Plate 5, ‘DH’, tied to small piece by overlapping Stock Exchange cds’s, July 26th 1872.

The double cancellation applied by the perpetrator to hide as much of the forged stamp as possible. 

Offered with a genuine plate 5, ‘DH’, showing the genuine stamp had a wing margin as well as a watermark. 

 Priced by Gibbons in the latest Edition, 2011, QV Volume 1, at £850.  

A very fine example of this historic forgery which remains an unsolved crime to this day. 

Price:  £575.00

Rose shade with RPS Certificate

 

1124.  4d Large Garter, SG 66a, Rose shade:

superb used block of 6 with ‘620’ numerals of Plymouth.

The block has a large part of original gum and four stamps have a clear Queen’s profile. 

A very rare and attractive multiple with a clear RPS Certificate.  

Price:  £690.00 

 

6d Plate 11: plate number damage variety

151345.  6d Plate 11 SG122a, 'NF', Deep Chestnut: very fine/superb used example,

BRADFORD-YORKS cds for June 22nd 1872.

The cancellation leaves the left hand plate number clear

allowing the listed variety SpecJ79d, 'Figure 11 on left damaged' to be seen clearly.

There is a small frame break at the bottom corner of the 'N' square

which is always seen on stamp 'NF' but not listed by Gibbons.

Priced by Gibbons in the cheapest shade at £400 but in the

much scarcer deep chestnut shade at £900 before the cds premium added.

The cds leaves the Queen's head with an almost clear profile.

The last time we saw this variety in this scarce shade was at a London Auction in 2005:

the variety was partially obscured by the cancellation and it was slightly creased.

It realised £180 plus Buyers Premium - a final figure of £210.

The example offered here is the finest we have seen.  

Price:  £285.00

 

3d on 3d SG159

151724.  SG159, 3d on 3d, fine fiscally used pair:

with fine colour that the scan does not show. 

Extremely clean reverse and priced by Gibbons as a postally used pair at £320. 

Attractive and scarce. 

Price:  £49.00

 

9d SG195: watermark sideways-inverted

151723.  9d SG195, very fine mounted mint,

hinge remnant, with original colour that the scan does not show.

Overprinted 'Specimen' Type 9.

The crown watermark viewed from the reverse side points to the left

and therefore is sideways-inverted. 

Hence the stamp is SG Spec K25bs. 

This watermark variety priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011,

Edition of QV Volume 1 at £2,000 without the overprint and £425 with it.

Superb stamp combining the two varieties.

Price:  £290.00

 

1d SG166 Unmounted mint block

1052.  1d SG166: superb unmounted mint side marginal block of 12.

Attractive and scarce.

Price: £175.00

 

1/2d SG187: mint block of 12

151721.  1/2d slate-blue, SG187:

very fine/fine mint marginal block of 12, unmounted except for one stamp as per the scan.

Some very light gum wrinkling but the stamps with a smooth white gum. 

The apparent toning on the perfs of the middle stamp

at the left on the reverse side is hardly noticeable: it is an effect of the scanner. 

A mounted mint block of 4 now priced by Gibbons at £175. 

An attractive and very scarce block in this size and in such fine condition.

Price:  £200.00

NB: the slate-blue colour of the stamps is excellent which the scan does not show.

The writing in the margin 'January 1886' is contemporary and

presumably when the stamps were bought.

 

1d lilac Die 2

151720.  1d lilac Die 1, SG170, a superb mint marginal pair with the

top stamp very lightly mounted and the bottom stamp unmounted. 

In the margin is a contemporary note:

 ' First issue of the new Postage and Inland (Revenue stamp) July 18 1881'.

This will be the day the stamps were purchased; it was issued on July 12th 1881.

A superb and rare item. 

Price:  £295.00

 

HOUSE of COMMONS duplex

151719.  1d lilac SG172 tied to an envelope by the very rare HOUSE of COMMONS duplex for February 24th 1891. 

On the reverse is the embossed insignia of the House of Commons Library. 

Sent to Paisley, there are two Paisley date stamps on the reverse for February 25th 1891. 

This duplex has the time in code, 'ZI'.

The London Postal History Group in their publications suggest that the rarity of this duplex

and code book entries, are indicative of a 'too late' usage which explains why it is a very rare cancellation.

LPHG record this duplex with time code having a short period of use ie between December 1888 and June 1890. 

The example offered here significantly extends the period of use. 

There is some damage to the rear top flap as seen in the scan but the front of the envelope is very clean. 

This is the first example we have been able to offer. 

Price:  £85.00

 

1d lilac Control U: HMS MAJESTIC

151690.  1d lilac SG172 and 1/2d SG197 on registered envelope from Crystal Palace, April 23rd 1897,

to HMS Majestic, Channel Squadron:  two 1d lilacs with Control U from different plates.

One with a perforated bottom margin and the other imperforate. 

HMS Majestic was commissioned by the Royal Navy in December 1895

and was the largest pre-dreadnought battleship at that time.

She served with the Channel Squadron until 1904.

Majestic participated in bombardments of Turkish forts and supported the Allied landings at Gallipoli.

On 27 May 1915, she was torpedoed by a U-Boat at Cape Helles sinking with the loss of 49 men. 

A superb item and likely a unique usage to HMS Majestic.

Price:  £165.00    SOLD

NB: envelope in a finer condition than the scan suggests.

 

V.R. Scroll 1883

     

151664.  1d lilac, SG172 and 1/2 green, SG 164: 

tied to an envelope to a Foundry in Sheffield by two superb, and not overlapping,

London V.R. Code B Scroll date stamps for August 6th 1883.

Envelope has overall toning with age marks across its length, but

not as pronounced as in the scan, and a peripheral tear at the centre left side. 

Despite these, this is a very scarce cancellation on cover. 

              Price:  £ 110.00                              

 

1d Lilac Die 2: rare interpane block

151659.  1d SG172, Die 2: a fine/very fine unmounted mint interpane Block of 24, light creasing to three/four stamps top left. 

No marginal rules or interpane pillars hence from one of the earlier printings. 

A rare positional block and rarer still with uncreased/unfolded interpane margins.

The largest interpane multiple we have seen without marginal rules.

An attractive and impressive item. 

Price:  £245.00 

 

5/- rare postally used block

151670     1867 5/- SG127 plate 1, 'GD-HE':

good/fine used block of 4, London Registered barred ovals.

Some perf strengthening with hinges on reverse but

a RARE block when postally used as is this.

Priced by Gibbons at £4,000 as a block of four

in the latest Edition, 2011, QV Volume 1  

Price: £585.00 

 

TF Watermark ERROR: unique usage in MALTA





15050.  6d SG84, Plate 3, ‘TF-TH’:

very fine/superb used strip of three tied to small piece by MALTA duplexes. 

Stamp ‘TF’ has the WATERMARK ERROR, SG84d, and the

cancellation leaves QV’s Head almost completely clear.

This error is priced by Gibbons at £8,000.

The example offered here is the ONLY ONE KNOWN USED in MALTA

and also believed to be the only used multiple extant with this watermark variety. 

Stamp ‘TG’ is cancelled by the Malta cds and ‘TH’ lightly cancelled. 

An Exhibition Quality item of significant rarity.  

Price:  £3,750.00

NB: Gibbons in their latest on line GB Listings, are offering for sale

a single used example of SG84d, with a Scottish duplex cancellation, for £8,000.


Rare used Pane of 20

 

151204. 3d plate 8 SG102:

 

a complete Pane of 20 with bottom inscriptional margin, ‘FA-JD’, two rejoined horizontal

 

blocks of EIGHT and a bottom marginal inscriptional strip of FOUR,

 

corner fault on ‘HA’, each stamp is pen cancelled and clearly all were attached to the same item. 

 

No gum with some ink markings on the reverse from the surface to which it was affixed. 

 

 Galland and Louis in their reference publication: ‘GB Surface Printed Postage Stamps’ record the largest used

 

block of 3d plate 8 to be one of 8 – two are known. 

 

For some other surface printed values they quote rejoined blocks as the largest known.   

 

This is the largest such multiple we have seen of this 3d value:

 

cannot recall seeing even a block of 4 pen cancelled.

 

A block of 4  in this plate is priced by Gibbons at £425.

 

Very fine colour and more than likely to be the

 

largest pen cancelled multiple extant of any surface printed issue.

 

  A remarkable and significant rarity of Exhibition Quality.  

 

Price:  £820.00

 

Unrecorded Guisborough Strike

    

151640.  Mourning envelope to Guisborough, North Yorkshire:

1d lilac tied by Maske-by-the-Sea duplex, March 22nd 1886.

Addressed to a Bank, the envelope was found open without contents. 

Perhaps the address tempted a postal worker to open it thinking it contained money? 

The flap has been carefully opened. 

Superb strike of 'Found without contents in Guisborough' and

another strike across the centre of the rear flap.

 Both strikes initialled 'FP' and written in the same hand: 'Found Open'. 

A superb and rare item. 

Price: £75.00  SOLD

 

Rare Late Fee 1d Scroll

151634.  47 Cannon Street L.1d., 7pm, Scroll cancellation: envelope to Paris, February 6th 1901,

ordinary rate paid by 'Jubilee' twopence halfpenny, SG201, with the 1d late fee paid by a 1d lilac. 

Each cancelled by this unique Victorian late fee scroll type. 

The envelope has the staining from apparently a pin

but this is the only example we have seen of this rare type on cover.

The strike on the 1d lilac is paticularly fine.

Priced by parmenter at £60 more than 10 years ago. 

Price:  £83.00

 

Unlisted Scroll Type

151635.  Envelope, nibbled at the top, from The Manchester Hotel, Aldersgate, London to the USA, March 12th 1896. 

Postage paid by the 'Jubilee' SG201 and tied by a very fine Late Fee Scroll for 7.45pm. 

This type with just 'L' and no monetary value as a Late Fee is unlisted by Parmenter in

'London  Late Fee and Too Late Mail':  the first example we have seen. 

Price:  £42.50  SOLD

NB: the envelope is cleaner than the scan.

 

Cracked Plate Variety

151304.  2 1/2d SG 141 Plate 7: fine used 'EA', Manchester 498?,

VERTICAL CRACKED plate across approx 80% of the stamp and going thru QV's face/head.

NB: full perfs at the right side side, cancellation makes it appear some are missing. 

Rare item with such extensive plate damage. 

Price:  £85.00

 

Unprinted area.

151617.  2 1/2d SG157, 'AL', Plate 17:

the London cancellation leaves QV's head and profile clear. 

The cancellation is also clear of a large UNPRINTED AREA

affecting the back of QV's hair and some of the stamp's design.

A couple of short perfs at bottom left corner but

a fine example of damage to the printing plate.  

Price:  £85.00

 

Unprinted areas.

151618.  2 1/2d SG157, 'AA', Plate 19: 

a London cancellation clear of a large UNPRINTED AREA

at the top of the stamp and another similar area at the right. 

Short/trimmed perfs at the top right and bottom corner. 

Fine example of damage to the printing plate. 

Price:  £78.00

NB: as both the above examples are from the TOP ROW of the sheet,

perhaps the plate was less protected against possible damage.

 

Frame damage.

151619.  2/- SG118, 'CL', Plate 1:

very lightly used and with much stronger blue than the scan suggests. 

The cancellation leaves the right hand side clear so that significant damage

 to the frame and part of the design can be seen to advantage.

The item has a RPS Certificate which states 'transient variety affecting frame line'.

We can not recall seeing such extensive damage on this value. 

Price:  £190.00

 

SG183: lightly used

151586.  10/- SG183, 'LC': very light Eastern District August 20th 1891 cds

and a blue crayon line top left corner leaving QV's Head almost totally clear. 

A very attractive example with excellent perfs and centring.

Priced by Gibbons at £525 plus 50% premium for so lightly used. 

Price:  £225.00

 

9d SG195 on cover

151572.  1/2d slate blue, SG187 and fine 9d dull green, SG195:

used on a registered letter to Reichenbach, Saxony from Bradford, Yorkshire, August 11th 1885. 

There is a Reichenbach receiving cds on the reverse. 

The 9d, printed in highly fugitive ink, is very sensitive to moisture and light: the example here is in a fine green shade. 

When the 9d was first sold from August 1st 1883, there was no postal need for this stamp other than on some heavy parcels. 

It could be used postally and a small number of examples are known.

In his publication: 'Scarce Victorian Postage Stamps of Great Britain on Cover', Theo Brauers,

provides details and illustrations of only 8 examples, one of these is only a part front. 

Moreover, only one of these has the 9d and a 1/2d stamp - on a registered cover to the USA, a correct rate. 

The example offered here would appear to be underpaid as 10d was the rate to Saxony

for a letter weighing between 1.5 and 2 ounces with 2d registration fee: no surcharge markings so it got through! 

Some minor wrinkling to the NE corner and this item is unrecorded by Brauers.  

The price by Gibbons, in the 2017 GB Concise Catalogue,

is £4,750 for the 9d on cover and reflects its rarity.

Hence this is a very rare item and the first we have been able to offer.  

Price: £1,490.00

NB: the envelope is cleaner than the scanned image.

Unfortunately, the item is not addressed to Mr Sherlock Holmes!

 

1d Plate Number 121

151587.  1d Inland Revenue, SG F22 Die 4:

scarce unmounted mint Plate Number pair.

Some usual gum creasing especially on the non-plate number stamp: 

Plate 121, put to press 5-7-78.

Price: £35.00  SOLD

 

SG F18

151588.  1d SG F18, pale purple: unmounted mint corner example with the usual gum creasing.

Watermark small anchor much displaced upwards as are the corner guide lines. 

There is a large letter 'M' watermark in the margin top left - part of the watermark word 'MARK'

which occurs only ONCE per sheet on some surface printed values and is rarely seen. 

There is also a small diagonal anchor marginal watermark to the bottom left corner of the stamp. 

There is one blunt perf top right corner and some perf separation at the left side.

PLEASE NOTE: the browning on the margins and the stamp is a trick of the scanner

and the shade of the stamp itself is much lighter. 

Together with the 'Crown INLAND REVENUE 1d' hand stamp in blue, this is a rare positional piece. 

Price:  £38.00

 

Scarce destination with War Fund Label

151573. 1d lilac Die 2 and 1/2d SG213: tied to an envelope to Brazil by Failsworth, cds's for September 16th 1900. 

Letter carried on the 'Orellana'. 

On the reverse is the Manchester Philatelic Society Label raising money for the BOER WAR:

damaged when the letter was opened by the postal authorities because the letter was UNCLAIMED.

It was returned to sender almost a year later with a London cds on the front for July 2nd 1901. 

An unusual item that would display well when fully written up. 

Price:  £42.50  SOLD

 

4d SG153: variety 'large 5' in the plate number

151569.  Very fine Registered Envelope from Leith to Prussia, September 3rd 1879. 

Leith duplex on the reverse cancelling the embossed ' Registered Two Pence' die. 

The unusual franking is made up of a bantam 1/2d and a 4d SG153, Plate 15, lettered 'AA'. 

The very fine 4d sage green - superb colour - shows the listed variety, Spec J64d: Stamp 'AA', 'Large '5' in '15'.

The cancellation leaves both plate numbers almost totally clear.

This variety priced by Gibbons in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1 at £800 on a stamp not on cover. 

The estimated Gibbons price on cover is £1,500 plus.

Although we have handled several of this variety, this is the ONLY example we have ever seen used on a cover. 

A very rare Exhibition quality item and likely to be a unique survivor with this variety on a registered envelope.

Price:  £875.00

NB: the browning around the stamps and on the front of the envelope is NOT present

and neither is it present on the reverse side: tricks of the scanner.

 

4d SG66: INVERTED watermark

                

151562.  4d SG66: superb used pair with Inverted Watermark. 

One stamp with a London cds for July 12th 1859. 

A rare multiple so fine with this watermark variety. 

Gibbons, SG66aWi, prices a single at £400 without the 125% premium for the cds example. 

Hence Gibbons price for this item is in excess of £1,000. 

Superb item and the finest we have seen.

Price:  £320.00

 

4d SG154

                      

151564.  4d SG154, very fine used example of this difficult stamp.

 Lightly cancelled by a London squared circle for May 9th 1881.

 Priced by Gibbons at £550 without the premium for the dated cancellation.

 Price:  £185.00

NB: finer than the scanned image.

 

5d SG169 from Glasgow to the US

151560.  5d Indigo, SG169:

fine/very fine example on envelope to Chicago from Glasgow, May 17th 1884. 

Chicago cds on the reverse for May 27th 1884. 

Gibbons prices this 5d on cover at £325. 

Price:  £65.00

 

6d SG70: letter carried on RMS Cunard's 'Asia'

151553.  6d SG70, two singles with overlapping perfs:

tied to a small neat envelope by a London duplex, July 19th 1860

with an additional strike away from the stamps - contrary to PO reg's at that time.

Possibly struck twice as there were two stamps but only one strike on the stamps.

Liverpool date stamp for July 20th indicates that this letter

was carried by the Cunard's paddle steamer 'Asia'.

She left Liverpool on july 21st 1860 and arrived in New York August 2nd 1860. 

Pleasingly ALL the postal markings are on the front of the envelope. 

Very scarce/rare to find this 6d value on cover with a cds cancellation. 

Allowing for the cds, Gibbons price for this single stamp on cover is £540 plus.

 An attractive and scarce item. 

Price:  £138.00 

NB: the envelope is much cleaner than the scan suggests.

 

SG166: Glasgow NPB date stamps

151552.  SG166, fine and attractive used, and very scarce, block of 6:

'QL' light diagonal crease at the right corner area. 

Cancelled by very fine strikes of the 'Union Jack type' of the scarce

Glasgow News Paper Branch date stamp for September 9th 1880.

Very difficult to find used blocks of this stamp and especially a block larger than four. 

Very much underpriced by Gibbons at £85 for a used block of 4. 

We have not seen before this stamp in a used block with this cancellation.

Price: £85.00

 

Plate 17 on cover.

151551.  2 1/2d, SG141, Plate 17: fine/very fine example, a couple of slightly short perfs at the top,

tied by a London EC duplex for April 10th 1880, on an uncreased envelope to New York:

a fine set of transit marks on the reverse. 

Plate 17 is the rarest of the plates 1-17 on white paper and

priced by Gibbons at £550 on cover in the latest, 2011, Edition of QV Volume 1. 

The duplex leaves the plate number at the right totally clear. 

A very difficult stamp to find on cover and in our experience underpriced by Gibbons. 

Price: £265.00 

NB: the envelope is cleaner than in the scan - the front of it is close in colour to that of the reverse.

 

9d SG110: redirected letter within India

151546.   An entire from London to a Major A Cory, originally sent to Rawal Pindee

then redirected to Muree with fine transit markings on the reverse.

The 9d rate paid by a fine SG110.

Part of the printed senders address at the top of the letter is missing but it reads:

East India Army and General........., 10 Kings Arms Yard, Moor(gate).

SG110 on cover priced by Gibbons at £525.

Price:  £220.00

NB: Item in a finer condition than the scan.

 

Rare internal use of 3d SG76: Notice of Objection.

151459.  3d SG76, 'MF', fine:

tied to a printed Notice of Objection for a name on a List of Voters for Gisboro' in the North Riding of the County of York.

Sent from Yarm to Gisboro', the 3d cancelled by the '926' of Yarm and rated RARE by Parmenter, August 18th 1865. 

A rare internal UK usage of this 3d which was introduced to pay the letter rate to Belgium and Switzerland. 

Priced by Gibbons for usage on overseas letters at £600.

Rare item.

Price:  £335.00

 

4d SG154 : a very rare usage on 1880 wrapper.

151407.  4d SG154 plate 17, 'II':

tied to wrapper to San Domingo by a very fine Manchester duplex, October 1st 1880 with in m/s 'per RMS TAGUS'. 

Theo Brauers in his book ' Scarce Victorian Postage Stamps of GB on Cover',

lists and illustrates ONLY 13 examples of SG154 on cover.

This example is not listed and is EARLIER than any of the examples in his book.

Although on a slightly tired wrapper and the stamp affected at the right by a light vertical filing crease,

this is a RARITY as reflected in Gibbons price on cover at £1,700. 

The only example we have been able to offer.

Price:  £485.00

 

4d SG66: very rare RED and BLACK PD cancellations.

1044.  1857 4d SG66 very fine and cancelled only by PD in circle.

Rare with just this cancellation but this example is

exceedingly rare as it has both RED and BLACK PD in circle. 

The first such combined usage we have seen. 

A remarkable item.    

Price: £275.00 

 

1/- SG72: rare used marginal inscriptional pair.

1045.   Fine used marginal pair SG 72:

with inscription 'PRICE 1 Shilling per label'.

 A rare multiple and priced by Gibbons at

£700 as two non-marginal singles.  

Price: £225.00 

NB: even in 1857 stamps were called 'labels'.

 

SG125: variety double plate number.

151419.  6d SG125, Plate 12, 'DF':

very fine/fine used except for a pulled perf at the top.

The London cancellation leaves the left hand plate number completely clear

showing the listed variety, SG Spec J81d, 'Figure 12 on left doubled'. 

Gibbons price for this variety is £550. 

Very scarce stamp with this variety so clearly visible.  

Price: £85.00

 

SG152: Large 5 in Plate Number.

151464.  4d SG152, Plate 15, 'AA':

very fine used with the cancellation clear of BOTH plate numers

with each showing the variety SG Spec J62d, ' Large 5 in 15'.

This variety occurs on only two stamps per sheet of 240.

Priced by Gibbons at £900, this is the first example we have been able to offer.  

Price:  £425.00

 

SG153: Large 5 in Plate Number.

151463.  4d SG153, Plate 15, 'AA', fine cds example,

 London November 26th 1877, slightly rounded corner bottom right. 

The cds is clear of BOTH plate numbers

with each showing the variety SG Spec J64d, ' Large 5 in 15'.

This variety occurs on only two stamps per sheet of 240.

The finest cds example we have seen with this variety.

Priced by Gibbons at £800 without the cds premium.

Price: £295.00

 

4d SG66: rare internal UK usage.

151413.  4d SG66:

very fine example tied to an entire by Edinburgh duplex, June 18th 1859, to Falkirk. 

The two page letter refers to document/Registry Searches carried out re: Fushie Bridge and for the name Wilson.  

4d SG66 priced by Gibbons on cover at £225 without the premium for internal UK usage. 

We have seen very few such internal usages of this stamp other than on registered mail.

In a cleaner condition than the scanned image.

Price:  £87.00

 

1/- SG72: rare usage to Ceylon.

151414. SG72, 1/-, wing margin example:

tied to a small neat envelope to HAPPOOTELLE, Ceylon from Linlithgow, March 9th 1861. 

Various transit markings on the front and reverse including Colombo Post Paid in red.

The 1/- has a vertical bump in the wing margin caused by the pressure on the original contents. 

SG72 priced by Gibbons on cover at £425. 

Envelope in much better condition than the scan suggests: there is no browning. 

A rare destination. 

Price: £180.00

 

Mourning Envelope to Italy.

151406.  Twopence halpenny SG 141 Plate 14:

fine example, tied by very fine Chiselhurst duplex for August 1st 1879 to

an unusually wide black - bordered mourning envelope to Italy. 

Very clean envelope and the light corner crease bottom right is not as pronounced as the scan suggests.

The browning on the stamp from the cancellation is also not as pronounced as the scan.

Stamp placed Contrary to Regulations at the bottom of the envelope. 

An attractive envelope. 

Gibbons price for this plate on cover is £150.  

Price: £60.00

 

On June 1st 1881, all types of Revenue/Fiscal Stamps,

previously used only on receipts or other official documents,

were allowed to be used for paying the postage on letters. 

The next two envelopes illustrate this change in usage.

 

1d Bankruptcy on 1883 Envelope.

151404.  1d Bankruptcy used on envelope: light vertical filing crease at the left,

peripheral faults and hinge remnants on reverse - from Hereford to Leominster, July 10th 1883. 

Leominster receiver on reverse for the same day.

Possibly a very small cut in the top right corner of the stamp.

Rare usage of this revenue stamp on ordinary mail and

the first we have been able to offer.  

Price: £130.00

 

1d Foreign Bill on 1884 Envelope

151405.  1d Foreign Bill on azure paper, issued in 1872: 

fine/very fine example on clean and uncreased envelope from Ormskirk, September 30th 1884, to Liverpool.  

Received in Liverpool on the same day.

Rare usage and especially in such fine overall condition. 

Price:  £175.00

NB: These two items as a pair are offered at a discounted figure of £290.00

 

Used IMPRIMATUR 1d SG F9

151392.  1d SG F9, Spec L109, wmk Cabled Anchor:

a 3-margined IMPRIMATUR tied to a piece by a London duplex for July 21st 1881. 

An Imprimatur, SGF15, Spec L115, is known used similarly on the same day,

 has a RPS Cert and appeared on the open market in 2008.

The example offered here is the only used example of Spec L109 of which we are aware.

A rare and unusual item and an opportunity to obtain a USED Imprimatur. 

Price:  £245.00

 

Romsey Duplex in BLUE

151391. SG167 and SG160 plate 17:

both fine/very fine and tied to piece by a ROMSEY '653' duplex in BLUE for December 12th 1881.

An unrecorded duplex in any shade other than black by Parmenter. 

A rare combination of stamps made extremely rare by the coloured cancellation. 

Price:  £185.00

 

1/- Plate 6 Double Plate Number used in Ireland

151387.  1/- SG115, Deep Green,'KB':

an exceptional example tied to small piece by a superb

DROWMORE Co. Down cds for Octber 31st 1872.

Stamp 'KB' has the listed variety, Spec J106a, 'Double Plate Number at Right'. 

The scan does not show the superb deep green shade. 

This is arguably one of the, if not the, finest examples extant of this variety.

Gibbons prices it at £400 and then £700 when the 75% premium is added.

Exhibition quality plus and a very rare stamp in such superb condition. 

Price:  £320.00

 

IMPERFORATE 1d: CONTROL E with RPS Cert.

151381. 1d mauve SG174: the Extremely Rare IMPERFORATE Control E.

Mounted mint with small hinge remains at the top. 

The imprimatur sheet of control E is complete and therefore this is a genuine IMPERFORATE stamp. 

Imperforates are known for controls L and M but these are with 'Jubilee' lines.

Gibbons prices a non-control pair at £7,500 in the mauve shade. 

The 'Chartwell Collection', Spinks(2011), had an example of this stamp but

with smaller side and bottom margins; it was not certificated. 

The example offered here has a 2009 RPS Certificate and

 could be fairly desciribed as a 'fabulous Victorian Rarity'. 

Price: £3,450.00

NB: Gibbons in their recent on line Listings have a mint

Control L imperforate example, uncertificated, for sale at £7,500. 

It is described as 'a wonderful Victorian rarity'.

 

VR Scroll Code A - Royal Household Mail

131365.  2 1/2d SG201:

tied to small piece of a mourning envelope by an exceptional strike of the V.R scroll cancel

with the very scarce Code A – used on Royal items of mail.  

Alongside is another strike in the same exceptional condition. 

Superb and rare item.  

Price: £42.50  SOLD

 

Rare Marginal Strip 1/- Deep Green

151363.  1/- Plate 2 SG89 and 4d Plate 4 SG82:

Envelope to Melbourne from Whitehaven, October 24th 1864,

Melbourne cds on reverse for December 11th 1864.

A 3/4d franking made up of a fine vertical marginal strip of three of

the 1/- in the scarce DEEP GREEN and a 4d, small surface rub.

The 1/- SG89 priced on cover as a single stamp by Gibbons at £750. 

A rare multiple in this shade and especially so on cover. 

Price: £275.00  

 

151357.  1/2d SG187, 3d SG191 and 5d SG193:

a remarkable franking including FOURTEEN 3d’s

in a block of 8 and two strips of 3 – one 3d defective ‘RD’. 

Manchester duplex, heavy in places, for February 6th 1885.  

Gibbons price for the 3d’s as two blocks of 4 plus the two strips

is £1,750 and £1,970 with the 1/2d and 5d included.  

The stamps are still attached to the original letter/package material

and so the true colours have been preserved. 

The largest franking of the 3d’s we can recall seeing! 

A very rare and impressive item. 

Price: £385.00

 

5d multiples on piece

151350.  5d SG193:  

two pairs, one vertical, ‘CA-DA’, and one horizontal ‘CC-CB’,

tied to a piece of a linen envelope by London EC hooded circles for July 31st 1885.

Some wrinkling on ‘CC’ but all have very fine colour.  Gibbons prices a single at £210. 

Very scarce multiple usage with strong colour for this issue.   

Price:  £150.00

NB: the apparent brown marks at the right bottom corner of 'CC' is NOT present.

 

Scroll down to the end of this Section for more Lilac and Greens

 

6d SG85 Irish CDS

 

151344.  6d Plate 4 'DK', hairlines, SG85:

very fine/fine, centred low but cancelled by a superb BALLYMENA upright cds for April 29th 1865.

At the base is a small part of a PANAMA? name cancellation.

A few nibbled perfs at the right and the scan does NOT do justice to its fine colour. 

A rare stamp thus cancelled and one of the finest we have seen:

 cannot recall a finer example used in Ireland

Priced by Gibbons at £225 but with the 125% for the cds this rises to £500. 

Price: £128.00

 

4d SG154

 

151346.  4d plate 17, wmk Large Garter, 'ML', SG154:

a fine used example of this difficult stamp.

A few slightly trimmed perfs at the bottom but lightly cancelled

by a Dover squared circle for December 9th 1880. 

Priced by Gibbons at £550 without the premium for the dated cancellation.

Very hard to find so fine. 

Price: £110.00

 

Imprimatur Plate 3

151305.  4d SG79/80 Plate 3 fine o/g IMPRIMATUR 'TC', 3-margined:

in the Latto Sale of October 1992, Lot 54, and in the Chartwell Sale Volume 3, Lot 130, October 2011,

the adjacent stamp 'TB', with Plate Number attached to the bottom margin, was sold.

The size of the right hand margin of 'TB' explains why 'TC' is 3-margined. 

In the 'GB Surface Printed Postage Stamps' by Galland and Louis, they note that only 25 examples

have been removed from the Imprimatur Sheet and of these 'AK-AL' with Plate Number is in the Royal Philatelic Collection.

Gibbons prices an Imprimatur in this Plate at £4,000 in the QV Volume 1 Specialised Catalogue (2011).

With only a maximum number of 23 examples that could be in private hands,

in our view this rarity is undervalued by them.  

Price:  £985.00 

 

LATE USAGE of QV Stamps

151330.   August 4th 1911:

piece with various QV stamps and a cut out tied by Anerley Road - Crystal Palace cds’s for this date.  

The stamps are: the bantam 1/2d Plate 19, issued  1878: 1/2d SG164 and 1d SG166 both issued 1880;  

1/2d SG187 issued 1884 and a 3d rose cut out from an embossed envelope.  

All were legal tender at that time, except 1d SG166 - demonitized on June 1st 1901. 

When this item was posted in the Crystal Palace area, the Festival of Empire Imperial Exhibition

was being held at Crystal Palace – May 12th to October 27th 1911. 

Perhaps the person posting it expected the item to be cancelled with the Exhibition Flag Duplex? 

A remarkable and rare usage of QV stamps between 27 and 33 years after they were issued.   

Price:  £75.00 

 

151338.  Remakable Block of 20, Three Pence Foreign Bill stamps cancelled by the 'French Government in London'. 

No perf strengthening and the browning effects are much less than the scanner suggests. 

This 3d Foreign Bill was issued in 1870.

An impressive multiple and very unusual. 

Price: £60.00

 

151315.  5d SG207a Die 2: a superb used side marginal BLOCK OF 12,

perf strengthened between the top two stamps.

Part of the 'POSTAGE' watermark in the side margin.

Cancelled by the Guernsey parcel post double ring in black.

Gibbons prices a used block of 4 at £65. 

An attractive and very scarce/rare multiple used in the Channel Islands.  

Price:  £200.00    SOLD

 

 

4d SG62 rare used with a Scots Local

151309.  4d small garter, SG62:

a fine pair tied to piece by the Queen Street (Glasgow) Scots Local Type XV111. 

The Meredith Sale of Scots Locals had no examples of any type on the 4d SG62.

Gibbons only prices Scots Locals on the contemporary 1d value but

their price for two single SG62's is £900. 

A very rare item. 

Price:  £185.00 

 

10d SG113

15039.  10d SG113, pale red brown, ‘TE-TF’:

attractive bottom marginal inscriptional pair, unusually misperfed,

a few nibbled perf at top of ‘TE’, cancelled by Mark Lane B.O London cds’s, March 1872. 

Priced by Gibbons at £800 as two singles.    

Price: £375.00

 

10d SG113 CDS Block of 4

 

151316.  8d SG113, very fine used BLOCK OF 4, 'HG-IH':

Mark Lane cds's February 24th 1872:

'HH' with small corner crease/wrinkling in the wing margin.

Gibbons prices this block, without adding the 75% premium for cds cancellations, at £2,400. 

Excellent colour and a very attractive and very scarce multiple in such fine condition. 

Price:  £965.00

 

1d Lilac Die 2: OFFSET

151329.  1d lilac Die 2:

unmounted mint, light horizontal crease at the base of QV's head,

but with an exceptional offset.  

The best we have handled for many years. 

Price:  £55.00  SOLD

NB: the scan does not do justice to the colour.

 

Progressive Frame Break Listed Variety 

151313.  1d lilac Die 2 listed variety SG Spec K8k 'Frame break, right side broken': 

a remarkable and fine trio showing the initial frame break 'a',and the

progressive retouching to repair the printing plate, 'b' and 'c'.

In each case there is a frame break at the right top and bottom corners

which was not repaired when the outer frame break damage was attended to.

The damage suggests that the right hand frame is coming away and is very similar to the variety: Spec K8j,

'Frame broken at the bottom' - see Item 151314 - and would make a superb pair. 

The dated cancellations, 1897 and 1901, leave the varieties clear.

Gibbons prices this variety at £150 in the QV Specialised Volume 1 (2011) Edition. 

Superb display item and likely to be unique as a trio with the variety clear. 

Price: £225.00

Listed FRAME BREAK 

 

151314.  1d lilac Die 2 listed variety SG Spec K8j, 'Frame broken at bottom, (R.1/2) Sheet Control S, upper pane',

cancelled '131' of Limber(Lincs): the bottom frame appears to be coming away from the rest of the design.

A very scarce/rare variety seldom offered and which Gibbons priced at £350 in the QV Volume 1 (2011) Edition.

NB: the slight toning at the left corners and side has been exaggerated by the scanner.

This would pair up well with 151313 as these are the only two listed frame break varieties by Gibbons for this stamp.

Price: £135.00

A rare opportunity to acquire both of these varieties: Items 151313 and 151314 as a pair at £340.00

 

Rare

151303.  2 1/2d SG141 Plate 12:

fine used 'AL', Shipston (Worc) '706' numeral with

the denomination printed in the top margin. 

This series was printed in sheets of 192 stamps, two panes of 96. 

ONLY FOUR stamps per sheet of 192 had the

denomination printed in the above or below margin. 

A rarity and the first used example we have been able to offer. 

Price: £85.00

 

Hand Inserted Date

151305.  3d SG102 Plate 8, superb used vertical wing margin pair:

each cancelled by the 1872 date stamp of CLONTARF -

meaning "meadow of the bull" - a coastal suburb on the northside of Dublin.

The Month and Day of 'SE 10' has in each case been HAND INSERTED.

Clearly for whatever reason the month and day slugs were missing

and then corrected by hand directly on the stamps.

Very unusual. 

Price: £70.00

 

Hiigh Values - New Additions

 

Unprinted and ungummed watermark Large Anchor

151411.  Unprinted blued paper sample with Large Anchor watermark

as used for High Values, 1867-83. 

Some creasing but scarce. 

Price:  £57.50

 

5/- SG126 used on piece

1513021/- plate 4 SG117, 6d 108 plate 8, 2/- SG118 with

marginal inscription 'Two Shillings per Sheet of 20',

trimmed wing margin and 5/- plate 1 SG 126

tied by a London duplex for December 3rd 1869

to part of a blue original material envelope with some wrinkling from it.

Despite the very heavy cancelling of the 5/- this is a rare and impressive franking

as few examples of this stamp are known on cover or piece.

The combination of stamps totals 8/6d. 

A very rare item.

Price:  £290.00

 

2/6 on BLUED PAPER

151300.  piece with 4d SG160 plate 18, 6d on 6d 'PG' SG162 and 2/6 SG175 on BLUED PAPER:

all fine/very fine used and neatly tied by London EC scroll cancellations for May 21st 1884. 

A remarkable combination with the 2/6d on blued well centred and with good perfs - an attractive item that displays well.

Gibbons prices SG175 at £1,400 without the premium for well centred and dated cancellation. 

Very rare item. 

Price: £795.00

 

2/6 on blued paper: white paper period

151284.  Piece with 1d lilacs Die 2 and 2/6, Deep Lilac

printed on Blued Paper from the white paper period, SG179a,

tied by Gracechurch Registered ovals for 2nd August 1889.

A very rare stamp and priced by Gibbons at £3,600 off over.

Being off centre it allows the blueing in the paper to be more easily seen.

Some creasing at the top left and a few, almost invisible,

very small surface bumps from the paper to which it is affixed.

 A collectable example of a very rare stamp seldom available and

the first we have been able to offer for some considerable time. 

Price:  £585.00

 

In the next four 2/6d items with hooded circles, reference is made to Parmenter ie:

 'London Late Fee and Too Late Mail 1840 to 1930'

This grouping would make an excellent basis for a Collection of these interesting cancellations.

 

151348.  2/6d SG178: fine perfs except bottom left where some are missing.

We normally do not publish on the Website damaged stamps unless there is an overiding rarity. This IS the case here.

The 2/6d has been cancelled by the very scarce LIVERPOOL LATE BOX hooded circle date stamp, October 16th 1896, Parmenter Die 2.

These cancellations were used in London on mail posted at four provincial railway stations in late boxes

for mail trains that would connect with the continental night trains and are usually found cancelling a 1/2d value.

The fee for this service was only 1/2d.  

SEE  ITEM 151339 in the Stationey Section.

This is the FIRST EXAMPLE we have seen with this type of cancellation used on a high value

from any of these four provincial stations: Bradford, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool.

A considerable rarity despite the fault. 

Price: £66.50

 

151347.  2/6d SG178 fine used:

cancelled by the London Chief Office number 1 machine; the machines were numbered 1 to 10.

The collection times were almost always L1 7pm, L2 7.15 or 7.30pm and code L3 7.30pm.

This L 3d is rated RARE by Parmenter. 

Fine strike for a 7.30 collection time on 19th February 1897. 

Price: £49.00

 

151349.  2/6d SG178 light creasing and one missing perf but a LATE USAGE, 27th January 1905,

cancelled by a very fine Chief Office machine number 2, L2, 7.15pm.

Not a rare cancellation but unusual to find it on a high value. 

Price: £40.00

 

151354.  2/6d SG178: Chief Office machine number 1 25th June 1897.

Stamp with creasing and a very tiny thin near the top.

This particular cancellation with the time code 7.15 from this machine is especially rare 

with Parmenter giving it a rarity 'H' ie 'very few are known to exist'.

Price: £44.50

See Item 151244 in the Stationery Section for this very rare cancellation on an embossed cover.

 

An attractive and very scarce/rare combination

151301.  2/6d SG178 together with a pair of 10d SG210:

all fine used and tied to piece by the Lombard Street LS/6 duplex

for October 6th 1893, rated uncommon by Parmenter.

  The 2/6 has a very small corner wrinkle/crease bottom left corner. 

A very scarce/rare combination especially so on an original piece. 

Price: £70.00

 

A very rare combination

151355.  5/- SG180 used with 2d SG199 and 1/- SG211

tied to piece by Fenchurch St Registered oval for April 12th 1889. 

All three stamps are very fine/fine used in their original colours including the scarce shade of the 2d

and the 1/- is in a deeper original shade of green than the scanner suggests.

The 2d was printed in the scarcer shade during the early printings of which this is an example.

Very rare combination of stamps and the first we have seen with SG199 in combination with a 5/- value.

The Queens head is almost clear on the 2d and 1/- and partly so on the 5/-.

The scan does not do justice to the fresh appearance and the colours of this piece.  

An attractive and rare item.   

Price: £265.00  SOLD

 

A rare combination

151356.  5/- SG181, fine used with 5d Die 2 SG207a,

the latter with some light wrinkling/creasing.

Tied to piece by the Lombard Street squared circle for October 3rd 1897.

The 5/- is in a superb and very deep shade. 

Very scarce/rare combination.     

Price: £76.50

 

151282.  5/- SG181 fine used, Lombard Street cds August 31st 1900. 

Price: £58.00

 

151281.  5/- SG181 superb used, centrally struck by upright by Waterloo Street, Glasgow,

January 23rd 1893 cds, with excellent centring and perfs except one shortish top left.

Very hard to find so fine.

Price: £110.00

NB: A black cancellation at the left opposite the 'F' square makes it appear two perfs are missing. 

This is NOT the case.

 

151283.  5/- SG180/181 cancelled very unusually by the Edinburgh roller.

A couple of very short perfs at the top but very scarce to find

this cancellation on a high denomination.

Price: £48.50

 

151280.  5/- SG180: very well centred, nibbled/pulled perfs at centre left and right but excellent colour

but superbly cancelled by the Penny Postage Jubilee Exhibition commemorative strike for 17th May 1890. 

Very rare to find this cancellation on any high value denomination bearing in mind the real value of these in 1890 terms! 

Despite the perf irregularities, this is a very rare item indeed.  

Price:  £280.00   SOLD

NB: we have only once before been able to offer this strike on a high value and that was on the 2/6, SG178.

 

Very scarce mint inscriptional example

151285. 6d grey, SG146 Plate 16: a very fine UNMOUNTED mint example

with top marginal inscription 'PRICE 6 Pence per Label'.  Horizontal crease in the top marginal inscription

but the stamp has smooth gum with just a few light wrinkles as is often the case.

An attractive item and priced by Gibbons at £500 as a non-marginal single stamp.  

Price: £370.00

NB: the scanner has produced a diffraction pattern to the lines surrounding QV's head!

 

151299.  One penny pink envelope uprated with a fine 4d SG153 Plate 16, 'EB'. 

Posted in Kensington London, September 21st 1880, to a POSTE RESTANTE, BERLIN address. 

We cannot recall seeing the 5d postage rate to Germany made up with a 4d sage green in this way.

This stamp on cover is priced by Gibbons at £600. 

Very scarce item. 

Price: £170.00

 

1d lilac Die 1 block used in Channel Islands

151260. Envelope from Jersey to Hamburgh, rear flap missing, with a block of 4 and a single,

1d lilac Die 1 SG 171.

Cancelled by superb strikes of the First Type of Jersey squared circle for November 21st 1881.

Some tone marks but not as pronounced as the scan suggests.

Rare multiple franking and rarer used in the Channel Islands. 

The top three stamps cancelled Contrary to Regulations

by two instead of three squared circles. 

Price: £175.00  SOLD

NB: the age marks on the envelope are not as pronounced as the scan suggests.

 

1d Die 1 INVERTED Watermark

        

151261.  1d SG172, possibly very small hinge traces on top two stamps, bottom two unmounted mint.

Very small tone mark on top left stamp near the perfs as per the image. 

Very fine otherwise and with INVERTED Watermarks. 

The watermark is shifted resulting in

parts of the letters 'E' and 'G' of the 'POSTAGE' marginal watermark on two stamps.

This is the first time we can recall seeing this effect on this issue with inverted watermark.

Very scarce. 

Price: £120.00

 

P and Q Rows

151205: A remarkable trio of cds blocks of 4, 6d plate 11, in deep chestnut SG122, chestnut SG122a and pale buff

SG123 and all from the P and Q horizontal rows on the Post Office Sheet, ‘PC-PH’, ‘QC-QH’. The Post Office sheet

was printed in twelve panes of 20.  ‘PG’ has a pulled perf in the top left corner but this block of 4, printed in the rarer

pale buff shade, is one of only a few used blocks known in this distinctive shade as detailed by Galland and Louis

in their reference publication: ‘GB Surface Printed Postage Stamps’ page 93/4.  They mention that a used block of 4 is

the largest recorded in this shade. A used block of 4 in the chestnut shade is priced by Gibbons in their latest edition,

2011, QV Volume 1, at £425; the scarcer deep chestnut block pro rata at £850 plus and the pale buff similarly which is

grossly under priced from our experience.  All these prices are without a premium for the cds’s.   A truly remarkable and

unique grouping showing the plate make up on this part of the Post Office sheet.   

  Price: £650.00

NB: Galland and Louis record a used block of 4, DA-EB’ in the buff shade with Montrose duplexes which was in the

Shaida Collection and they note that in 1987 Macdonnell Whyte, Dublin Auctioneer, auctioned three blocks of 4,

‘BE-CF’, ‘DE-EF’ and ‘CG-DH’ which they say are now mostly split. 

6d SG70 used Block of 4 

151229:  6d SG70 – good/fine used Block of 4 and priced by Gibbons at £700.  

Very clean reverse, one pulled perf on bottom right stamp and a very scarce multiple     

Price: £110.00

SG109: used Block of 4

151230: 6d SG109, plate 9, ‘SG-TH’ – a fine used BLOCK of 4, Little Tower BO London, 1872. 

Printed in an unusually deep shade for this plate with a light corner crease to ‘SG’.

Attractive block and priced by Gibbons at £575.      

Price:  £138.00

 

15191.  6d plate 4, SG85, ‘EL’: fine example with superb colour, a couple of short perfs, tied to an envelope by the Durham

duplex for April 6th 1865 leaving most of QV’s head clear: priced by Gibbons at £350 on cover but before adding the premium

of 125%. Envelope addressed to Vice Admiral Sir Robert Smart, Commander in Chief, Mediterranean Fleet, MALTA.  Smart

at this time was on the Flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet, ‘Victoria’, based in Malta.  He was promoted to Vice Admiral in

December 1863 and was required to assess the damage caused by volcanic disturbances in the neighbourhood of Santorini

in Spring 1866 before handing over his command in April 1866. He was promoted to full Admiral in 1869.   More information

re Smart and the Flagship ‘Victoria’ is available with this rare and attractive item.  

Price:  £145.00

 

 

15192.  2d plate 22, SG157, wrapper from London to St Malo, France, June 1882.  The cover bears no UK postmark

and the stamp is cancelled by a St Malo CDS for June 6th 1882 with a similar date stamp on the reverse top flap as a usual

arrival date stamp.  It is possible that the cover was posted on the boat from Portsmouth to St Malo, via the Channel Islands,

and was cancelled on arrival in St Malo.   Although we have handled a number of single stamps, not on cover, cancelled by a

St Malo cds, this is the first we have been able to offer on cover.  A rare usage.    

Price:  £270.00

 

Very rare 3d Plate 2 with Warrant Number

 

15190.   3d rose plate 2, State 1 with shaded spandrels, ‘AA’, October 1861, Spec J25a: very rare corner mint

marginal example, small gum thin fault top right corner, full deckle edge, overprinted ‘SPECIMEN’, with full

original gum and appears unmounted. Very fine with the wmk emblems significantly displaced downwards. 

Warrant number 208 in the top margin and the ONLY such example we have seen.  Priced by Gibbons in the latest,

2011, QV Specialised Catalogue, at £800 and much underpriced for the example offered here.   Extremely rare item.    

Price:  £675.00

 

Superb used example




 
15183.  £5 Orange, SG137: 

a very attractive example of this popular high value, excellent colour

and perfs,cancelled with a finely struck 1896 Edinburgh cds and leaving a clear Queen’s profile. 

Excellent overall condition with possibly a very minor rub on the reverse in the top left corner. 

One of the finest we have seen for some considerable

 time and the scan does not do it justice.  

Price: £2,625.00

NB: the scan of the reverse may suggest a light vertical crease under the cancellation.

This is NOT the case as the mark in the paper is the large anchor watermark.







 
15170.  6d, SG70: fine wing margined example, unusual degree of miss perfing seldom seen on this 6d value,
tied to an entire by the ‘A26’ of Gibraltar, February 12th 1862, and sent to Skibo Castle,
Dornock – now a famous Hotel where Madonna and Guy Ritchie were married. 

Inside is a superb detailed letter of the journey to Gibraltar on the P and O’s paddle steamer ‘INDUS’,
which operated on the Southampton-Alexandria route.  The first page has a superb line engraving of Gibraltar. 

The long letter mentions that he was a passenger on the same train to Southampton as was the Prince of Wales.
Details include descriptions of ‘Indus’ as a large boat with lots of sheep, cows, chickens and geese on board. 

The writer describes the Bay of Biscay, passing along the Portuguese coast and seeing Lisbon before entering the Bay of Gibraltar.

Detailed descriptions followed of what he saw on Gibraltar, its trees, houses and lots of cheap cigars and wine as well as guns:
 ‘around every corner you will find a Battery’.  An exceptional letter which would make a memorable and fascinating display item.  

Price:  £330.00  SOLD

NB: in finer condition than the scan.

 

1/- Plate 6: used Warrant Number 330


 
15172.  1/-, SG115/7, SK-TL’, plate 6: block of 4,

107 Fleet Street EC cds, SP 30th 1872.

‘SL’ has a small closed tear at the right but in the bottom margin is the ‘330’ Warrant Number.

Very few used examples with this Warrant Number are known and

this is the first example we have seen in a used block. 

Rare item.  

Price: £160.00



 
15173.  2d, SG 45 plate 9 and 3d SG103, plate 5: unusual combination of line engraved and surface printed stamps

 – issued 10 years apart – on wrapper to Italy from Newcastle on Tyne, August 23rd 1870. 

Underpaid postage with an Inspector’s erasure mark applied over a red PD,

‘Insufficiently Stamped’ strike and a pair, faults with 60 Centisime postage dues added. 

An attractive item and an early example of postage dues added at an overseas destination.   

Price:  £120.00


Registered usage in Channel Islands

 
15174.  1d, SG43 plate 153 and 4d SG 93 plate 13:

used on a neat Registered Envelope from Jersey to Hampstead. 

Stamps tied by the Jersey ‘409’ duplex, December 30th 1873.  

Two London Registered date marks for New Years Day 1874

and a very scarce/rare registered item from the Channel Islands. 

Price:  £145.00




 
15175.  2 1/2d, SG 157 plate 22: perfinned example on clean envelope from Falmouth to Gothenburg  with letter written in Swedish. 

Stamp tied by the cds of the Falmouth duplex for October 3rd 1882 with an additional duplex strike at right. 

Market –Strand Falmouth cds and a Majorna receiving cds on reverse. 

Price: £56.50


4d used BLOCK


15036.  4d SG66 large garter:

exceptional block in a superb colour close to or in the deep shade variety and cancelled

by neat Chatham sideways duplex for Jan 4th 1859. 

Total or partially clear QV heads on most stamps. 

Bottom left stamp damaged but the rest are very fine to superb especially so in a block. 

Latest QV Volume 1, 2011, a block of 4 catalogued at £775

but one could fairly add the premium of 125% as per SG to this item. 

Despite the damage to one stamp, this is one of the finest blocks we have been able to offer.  

Priced as a block of 4:  £535.00



 
15037.  1/- SG72: strip of THREE on entire to Beyrout, Syria from Glasgow November 24th 1858. 

The postal rate to Syria at that time was 6d, 1/4oz and 1/-, 1/2oz. 

Hence a rate of 3/- is very scarce.

The right hand stamp in the strip has a small fault at the top but the left hand stamp is fine/very fine and the

central stamp is very fine with a complete and almost upright cds of Glasgow. 

Very rare to find SG72 cancelled solely by a cds on cover. 

A single SG72 catalogues on cover at £425.

The cds example on cover with premium prices at approx £1,000. 

A remarkable item with a rare franking and destination. 

Price:  £775.00




 
15038.  Large garter un-printed and un-gummed strip of FIVE showing the vertical interpane gutter margin. 

Creasing but very scarce.   

Price:  £68.00



    

 
15041.  5/- SG127, Plate 1, ‘HI-HJ’, pale rose:

a very scarce, very fine pair with a barely discernible minor wrinkling on ‘HJ’,

Gresham House cds’s, January 25th 1872 and a very clean back as per scan. 

Priced by Gibbons at  a minimum of £1,350. 

An attractive multiple with mis-perfing commonly found on this issue. 

Price:  £380.00


 

15042.  2 1/2d SG138, Plate 1, ‘BK’, BLUED paper: very fine, one short perf at left, tied to an envelope, with slight

creasing, to France by a London duplex, June 29th 1876. Stamp placed top left contrary to PO regulations and the cancellation

leaves theWHOLE of QV’s Head clear thus showing the blued paper to advantage. 

Rare so fine and catalogued at £250 without the premium.  

Price:  £85.00



Plate 7: fully clear QV Head

 
15043.  2 1/2d SG141, Plate 7, ‘EB’, white paper:

superb example tied to an envelope to Germany by a London duplex, June 30th 1877. 

Envelope with light horizontal crease but the duplex leaves the entire QV‘s Head clear.  

Price:  £45.00

4d Plate 15
 

15044.  4d SG152, Plate 15, ‘NK’: fine/very fine example on clean wrapper from Leeds to Naples,

April 6th 1876 – barely one month after issue.  

Tied by a superb Leeds duplex and very scarce to find such a

fine example on an equally fine cover.

Priced by Gibbons on cover at £1,000.  

Price:  £390.00

 

4d Medium Garter: INVERTED WATERMARK





15049.  4d SG64, Medium Garter, fine PAIR except for small perf fault at top

on wing margin stamp tied by Newport Monssideways duplex,

 JY 5 1856 on envelope to Hamburg – part of rear flap missing. 

The only multiple of this stamp we have seen with INVERTED WATERMARK on cover. 

A single stamp priced by Gibbons OFF COVER at £1,200. 

A very rare item.  

Price:  £550.00


 

INVERTED Watermark

WM 3. 4d rose SG66.

A fresh lightly mounted mint example with superb colour.

Horizontal crease but with INVERTED watermark.  

Priced by Gibbons at £4,750.00 - a very rare item.  

Price:   £435.00

 

The first three monetary surface printed stamps

      

 

1208.  1/- SG72, 6d SG 70 and 4d SG66 on a clean wrapper to Naples from London:

the first three monetary values of the surface printed era used together, 

and in sequence of monetary order of issue. 

All are in fine condition with the 1/- overlapping the wing margined 6d. 

This example is the best with this combination of stamps we have been able to offer

and is certainly equal to the finest of the small number of covers

that have survived with these three nominations. 

Price:  £650.00 

 

      

1209.  1/-SG72 pair and 4d SG66 pair:

tied to entire to Canada by Edinburgh duplexes, April 13th 1859

with an additional strike clear of the stamps.

The right hand stamp of the 4d pair has a small fault at the right side

but the 1/- pair is very fine with one stamp having the Edinburgh cds. 

The 1/- pair have INVERTED WATERMARK and this is the first example we have been able

 offer of this 1/- with a cds and watermark inverted even on a stamp not on cover.

Gibbons price for a single 1/- with inverted watermark is £675 and the CDS single at £850. 

Allowing for just these 1/-'s being on cover, Gibbons price increases to well in excess of £2,000.

An attractive and very rare Scottish entire. 

Price:  £720.00

 

Cobalt shade: Inverted Wmk with Certificate

WM 7.   2/- SG120a.

A very fine used example in the rare COBALT shade

with clear Certificate signed by Robson Lowe.

Small paper adherence and hinge remnant on the reverse

and the light cancel leaves both the Queen’s profile and most of the Head clear

thus allowing this distinctive shade to be seen to advantage. 

A very rare stamp so fine but made

exceedingly rare by having an INVERTED watermark. 

 Gibbons price allowing for the inverted watermark and the premium

for lightly used is well in excess of £10,000. 

First example we have seen in this shade with inverted watermark.  

A significant surface printed rarity.

Price:  £2,200.00   

 

SG123 6d: a Certificated Unrecorded Variety. 

Very fine copy of 6d SG123 plate 11:

with significant plate damage to a number of areas

including the base of the Queen’s head. 

The item has an RPS certificate. 

An unrecorded printed variety.

 Price:  £235.00

   

1210.  6d plate 12, SG125, (RG):  

a very fine example on a neat, clean wrapper to Palermo from London, 24th February 1874.

As the the stamp was just tied by part of the London no 12 duplex,

the post office official no doubt cancelled it by the RED PD in circle and then struck another

 below the 6d on the front of the envelope so it could be more easily seen than on the stamp. 

Attractive and rare example on cover of this usage of the PD to cancel a stamp. 

Price:  £420.00 

 

1129 1867 5/- plate 1 SG126:

a remarkable and unique ‘matched pairing’ of two fine used examples.

Each has the same lettering ‘HJ’; each has the same off-centre printing

and each is cancelled by the rare Liverpool ‘466’ roller canceller

with this cancellation applied virtually in the same position on the stamp. 

This unique pair would make a memorable Exhibition item.  

Price: £580.00 

 

SG126 1867 5/- Rose plate 1 with C88 Cancel of St Jago de Cuba.

A fine well-centred used copy of SG126, plate 1,

cancelled by the very scarce C88 of St Jago de Cuba. 

Gibbons records this as existing, (Z32), but no price is quoted. 

A very rare stamp and offered with a Certificate.  

Price: £775.00

 

VR scroll on 5/- SG130

    

1211.  5/- plate 4, SG130  on blued paper: a fine used example, very small expertisation mark on the back bottom

left and a very small corner wrinkle but cancelled by a fine strike of the VR London Scroll for July 13 1883.

This has Code A which is associated with Royal Household Mail, Code A being much scarcer than Codes B and C. 

We have seen only one other VR Scroll Code A used on this stamp.

A rarity with the basic stamp priced at £4,800 and at £8,400 allowing for the 75% premium for cds.  

Price:  £890.00   

 

Rare pair: SG130 Plate 4

314. SG130 1883 5/- plate 4, AB-AC Very fine/fine used pair with a Lombard Street L1/LS5 duplex.

AB with almost clear profile, AC light corner crease, excellent colour and perfs with good centering. 

Priced by Gibbons at £9,600 as two singles.  

Attractive and a rare multiple in such fine overall condition.  

Price: £995.00 

 

1880 Advertising Envelope, London to Vienna , January 6 1880.

Rare printed envelope from The Royal Alhambra

Theatre London advertising ‘Rotho Mago, The Magic Watch’ with a

golden pocket watch showing the time of the performance.

The 3d rate to Austria has been paid by a 3d plate 15 SG143. 

Rothomago or The Magic Watch was a grand Christmas Musical

fairy spectacular in 4 acts and 17 tableaux by H B Farnie. 

It opened on December 22 1879. 

A superb and very rare item - possibly

one of very few survivors especially to an overseas destination.

Price: £275.00 

NB: in finer condition than the scan.

 

 VR Scroll Cancel and Board of Trade Perfin with Certificate

 4d SG160 plate 18 with an almost complete and upright strike,

September 1884, of the VR scroll cancel,

used on Royalty Mail and some State Departments.

The stamp has some clipped perfs on the left but is

perfinned Crown/BT of the Board of Trade. 

A very scarce/rare combination of cancel and perfinning. 

The stamp is offered with Certification.  

Price:  £150.00

 

SG162 1883 very fine 6d on 6d:

  tied to small piece by the VR  London Scroll JY 1884.  

Stamp also perfinned by the  Crown BT of the Board of Trade. 

A  rare combination of cancellation and Official perfin and

possibly unique on this stamp. 

Price  £190.00

       

OTHER SURFACE PRINTED 

 

250.    1856 4d medium garter SG64:

good/fine used pair, top corner wrinkle on right stamp. 

Very scarce multiple.

Priced by Gibbons at £950 as two singles. 

Price: £120.00 

 

      228.  1857 4d SG 66:

fine used marginal example with 545

of a Newcastle sideways duplex. 

Rarely find used marginal copies of this stamp.  

Price: £35.00

 

 311.   1856 4d SG66, 6d SG70 and 1/- SG72:

the first three values on the introduction of surface printed stamps

             tied to piece by Inland Office ‘29’ in diamond of bars.

 Rated Very Rare by Parmenter in the ‘Barred Numeral Cancellations of London’. 

Colourful and attractive franking and a rare combination of stamps and cancellation.  

Each stamp with small faults.  

 Price:  £78.00 

 

1043. 1856 6d SG70 very fine used, Malta cds November 30 1861, watermark displaced and

INVERTED and REVERSED.  Unpriced by Gibbons. 

£225.00  SOLD

 

133.  1/- SG 71, deep green, very scarce used Block of 4 in this scarcer shade, well centred, some

             wrinkling/creasing to bottom pair, London diamond cancels. Cat £1500++ in this shade.

    £250.00 SOLD

 

 

229.  1856 1/- SG 72:  superb used with excellent colour and superb A26 of Gibraltar.

              Small corner crease.  

Price: £65.00   IMAGE

 

 

S7. 1/- SG71 - the scarcer deep green shade. 

Letter of credit from Edinburgh to Kingston, Canada West, October 1 1863 with  

 Superb and neatly tied leaving at least 90% of the Queen’s head and profile clear. 

Priced by Gibbons on cover in this scarcer shade at £675 before adding the premium for the light cancellation.

Very scarce item.

Price:  £340.00  

 

279.    1856 1/- SG72: used, some pulled perfs, but with an extremely DISPLACED watermark with the

            four emblems of it in the centre of the stamp. The watermark is displaced just about as far as it is possible to be. 

            Rare variety.  

             Price: £68.00  IMAGE1  IMAGE2

 

230.      1862 1/- plate 2 SG90: very fine used, A26 of Gibraltar.  Uncatalogued frame break below

                SE letter square. 

                 Price: £48.00 IMAGE

 

134.     4d vermilion, SG 95 pl 12 and 1/2d SG 48 pl 3, tied to small piece by superb Bristol CDS for  Dec 13 1871,

             few minor faults.

            Price: £19.50  IMAGE

 

281.    1865 1/- plate 4 SG 101: used strip of 4 with stamps FK and FL showing a

damaged frame variety.  Each stamp mainly clear profile.  Unusual variety especially in a multiple. 

Priced by Gibbons at £1000+ as singles. 

 Price: £145.00  IMAGE1  IMAGE2

 

138.     3d rose SG 103 pl 7, attractive used Block of 4, cancelled contrary to regulations by two Tralee CDS's,

              one at top and bottom, Feb 3 1872. Several nibbled perfs and priced by Gibbons at £500+    

             Price:  £125.00 IMAGE

 

140.     6d mauve, SG 109 pl 9, superb station CDS for Feb 26 1872,

             extremely deep/rich shade of purple.

                Price: £60.00  IMAGE

 

223.      1867 9d plate 4 SG 110 superb used pair:

Liverpool cds’s for 27 October 1872 – a SUNDAY usage -               

 and very scarce/rare as such. 

Priced by Gibbons at £1,000 plus including premium. 

                 Price: £235.00 IMAGE

 

1047.  1872 6d deep chestnut SG122 and pale buff SG 123 plate 11:

 two fine/very fine used examples, both lettered ‘NF’

            and showing the catalogued variety ‘damage to figure ‘11’ on the left’, SG spec J79d. 

A rare matched pairing – this variety is especially difficult to find in the pale buff printing. 

Priced by Gibbons at £400 in the commonest shade and at £800 in pale buff.     

Price: £200.00  IMAGE

  

143.     6d chestnut, SG 122a, pl 11, PI-PJ:

a v fine CDS used pair, Altringham Sep 19 1872,

               several nibbled perfs.

               Price: £48.50 

 

226.      1872 6d pale buff plate 11 SG 123: 

an exceptional used pair in this scarce shade

              with finely applied cds cancels of Garlieston March 27 1873 . 

Priced by Gibbons at £250 as two singles and at £375 with premium for vfu.

                Very scarce/rare multiple so fine. 

               Price: £150.00

 

200.     5/- rose, SG 126 pl 1: rich colour with good perfs and off-centre as usual,

               Queenstown, Ireland CDS, Feb 21 1872,

Priced by Gibbons at  £675.00.

               Price:£195.00 

 

 

152.     2 1/2d rosy mauve, SG141 pl 7:

Alexandria CDS, Dec 18 1880,

              several nibbled perfs, scarce with CDS.

       Price: £28.00 

 

154.     6d grey, SG 147 pl 16,:

used pair, KG-KH, KH wing margin,

              top marginal inscription of 'SIX PENCE'.

Scarce.

 Price: £60.00 

 

 1049.    1876 4d SG 152 plate 15:

Exceptional cds use, Saltburn by the Sea, November 1876. 

  Superb colour. 

Priced by Gibbons at £1,000 with the premium for cds.

Price: £255.00 

 

225.      1873 1/- green plate 12 SG 150:

                  very fine used example

              Glasgow cds for Sep 16 1875 .

             Scarce stamp with cds.

          Price: £46.50

 

            

231.      1877 4d sage green plate 16 SG 153:

              very fine cds copy Chester JY 13 1883. 

             Priced by Gibbons at £600 including cds premium.      

Price: £135.00

 

283.    1877 4d plate 16 SG 153: fine used and unusually with the

BLUE ‘44’ numeral of Tideswell.  Price: £48.00  IMAGE

 

284.    1880 4d plate 17 SG 154: fine used, well centred and good perfs. 

           Difficult stamp. Gibbons priced at £525.00 

           Price: £68.50  IMAGE

 

       

224.      1883 3d on 3d SG 159: very fine used pair.

             Priced by Gibbons at £320 without the premium.

        Excellent colour. 

      Price: £110.00  

 

1056.  1883 6d on 6d SG162: very fine/superb used

               with almost full upright cds of Piccadilly Circus, October 29 1883. 

    Price: £75.00   

 

1054.  1881 1d SG166 on neat and uncreased envelope from London to

Newcastle under Lyme then redirected to Newcastle, Rochdale and finally Manchester

Handstruck 1d and 2d both in black on the front and full wax seal on reverse. 

Very attractive and unusual and scarce with such combined surcharges. 

                The majority of the action is on the front of the envelope so ideal for display.  

Price: £53.50.  IMAGE1  IMAGE2

 

202.     2/6 lilac, SG 178, attractive and scarce used strip of 4,

                 EE-EH, each with Holborn BO WC CDS, Nov 19 89. Well centred with good perfs,

                 some very minor wrinkling on EH, Gibbons priced at £900+ 

                   Price: £255.00 IMAGE 

 

203.     10/- ultramarine, SG 183, BK, very fine/fine used,

                  part of two Continental Night Mail CDS's, very well centred and very good perfs,

                    Queen's head totally clear. Scarce usage, Gibbons priced at £525.00++     

                   Price: £165.00  IMAGE

 

Lilac and Green Issue

 

Mixed values

15178:  2d lilac, SG189 and 2 1/2d SG 190:

clean envelope registered to Hamburg, London registered oval cancellations for

August 25th 1885; a scarce mixed plate usage from this issue. 

Price:  £56.00 

                               

70.   2 1/2d SG190, lilac, two copies on wrapper, London to Spain,

each tied by London CDS, Dec 13 1884.

Price: £24.00

IMAGE

 

183.    3d lilac, SG 191, fine/good used Block of 4 tied to piece,

each cancelled by Manchester CDS, June 27 1884, some smudging of cds and wrinkling.

 A very scarce block with deep original colour.    

Price: £110.00 SOLD

 

222.      1884 3d lilac SG 191: richly coloured pair,

superb used with strikes of a London experimental squared circle, April 2nd 1885 . 

Very attractive. Priced by Gibbons at £400 including premium.  

Price: £56.50

IMAGE

 

15193. 4d SG192, ‘AE’, tied to an envelope opened for display, by a Manchester duplex, November 5th 1885, addressed

 

to Dr Eduard Arning, c/o Imperial German Consulate, HONOLULU, Hawaiian Islands.  SG192 priced by Gibbons at £350

 

on cover. Various transit marks on reverse including Sunday dates for New York and San Francisco with a HONOLULU

 

receiving cds for November 30th 1885.  Dr Arning was an English-German dermatologist and microbiologist from Manchester. 

 

From 1884 to 1886 he researched leprosy in the Hawaiian Islands.  A full biopic, including a photograph of him, is available on

 

 Wikipedia.  A RARE destination and an item sent to a pioneering medical scientist.

   

Price: £300.00

 

NB: envelope in better condition than the scan suggests.

 

SG196

151231: 1/- SG196, ‘SI-TJ’ – very scarce BLOCK of 4 with very good colour, 'ST' with a couple of trimmed

perfs and ‘TI’ with small fault at left side. London cds’s for November 22nd 1884. 

Priced by Giibbons at  £1,500 plus a 100% premium for the cds cancellations.  

Price:  £135.00

 

1d Lilac Issue Stamps and covers

 

249.    1881 1d lilac 14 dots SG 170:

good/fine used block of 4 on piece. 

Very scarce in a used block

Price£55.00 

IMAGE

 

99.  1d lilac, SG 172 Die 2, control X inverted, spec KC56a with extension hole in  bottom margin:

stamps all unmounted, right corner marginal Block of 60 - a quarter Post Office sheet,

pillars added in interpane region at top, superb condition for such a large multiple,

stamp 240 with small corner crease.

Gibbons prices a mounted mint single with control X inverted at  £175.

but a substantial premium can be added for a block of this size.

Very impressive appearance and rare. 

Price: £425.00  IMAGE

 

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