Auction Details
G.B & Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction 54) Day 1 of 2
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 494 288
Date: 25th April 2024 Time: 10:30AM
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Auction Lots - Page 2
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Click to view full image... 1878 Imperforate 6d grey, handstamped "SPECIMEN" type 9 diagonally, fine mint. S.G. J86s, £450. Photo on Page 6. £100-120
52
Click to view full image... 1880-89 QV Issues, watermark Imperial Crown, all handstamped "SPECIMEN", comprising 1880-83 2½d plate 23, 4d plate 18, 6d plate 18, 1/- plate 13, 1880-81 ½d pair, 1d, 1½d, 2d, 5d, 1881 1d die I (2, one pale lilac) and die II, 1884 ½d, 1887 1½d, 2d, 6d, 10d and 1888 ½d I.R Official all with type 9 overprint, 1887 5d and 6d with type 12 overprint, 1889 1/- I.R Official with type 15 overprint (two short perfs), all fine mint. S.G. £2,695. (22). Photo on Page 6. £400-500
53
Click to view full image... 1880 4d Grey-brown, watermark Large Garter, AJ-AK pair fine used with Lombard Street late fee duplex. S.G. 154, £1,000. Photo on Page 12. £120-150
54
Click to view full image... 1881 1d Lilac, die I (14 dots) imperforate imprimatur, large margins, superb colour and full original gum, very light crease, otherwise unusually fine; also 1d pale lilac "SPECIMEN" overprint type 9 fine mint, and the issued stamp in pale lilac (2) both fine mint. S.G. £940. (4). Photo on Page 12. £150-200
55
Click to view full image... 1881 1d Die II, Perf 14 colour trial in purple on pink paper, superb mint, scarce. S.G. £3,000. Photo on Page 12. £400-500
56
Click to view full image... 1881 1d Die II, Perf 14 colour trial in lilac on pink paper, superb mint, scarce. S.G. £3,000. Photo on Page 12. £400-500
57
Click to view full image... 1883 10/- Ultramarine on white paper, HG-IH corner marginal block of four unmounted mint, deep vibrant colour, superb in all aspects. S.G. 183, £9,000++. Photo on Page 10. £7,500-8,500
58
Click to view full image... 1888 £1 Brown-lilac, watermark orbs, JC with broken frame, used with a heavy Lombard Street numeral cancel. S.G. 186a, £7,500. Photo on Page 12. £500-600
59
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1883-84 1½d, 2d, 2½d, 6d and 9d Handstamped "SPECIMEN" type 9, fine mint. Also 3d and 5d Specimens with faults. S.G. 188/90, 194/5s, £900. (5). Photo on Page 12. £150-180
60
Click to view full image... 1891 £1 Green, NA-OB unmounted mint block of four, superb quality. With a photocopy of 1993 B.P.A Certificate for a complete sheet of forty, from which this block has been removed. S.G. 212, £30,000+. Photo on Page 8. £18,000-22,000
61
  1902 KEVII 6d handstamped "SPECIMEN" type 9, centred to left, otherwise fine unmounted. Also 7d deep grey-black unmounted mint (with 1994 Hendon Stamp Co. Certificate). S.G. 245s, 249a, £570. (2). £100-120
62
Click to view full image... 1902 KEVII £1 Dull blue-green, overprinted "SPECIMEN" type 16, superb mint. S.G. £1,400. Photo on Page 12. £300-350
63
  1911-12 KEVII ½d on picture postcards, virtually all Harrison printings, various shades, including perf 15x14 stamps (55, S.G. £100 on cover), also a 1913 card with ½d Downey Head showing an unusual moustache flaw. (138). £180-220
64
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1911-13 KEVII 5/-, 10/- and £1 fine used, the 10/- and £1 with Guernsey datestamps. S.G. 318/20, £1,550. (3). Photo on Page 8. £250-300
65
  1911-12 Downey Heads, mint and used collection on pages with some covers, including Imperial Crown die 2 ½d no cross on crown mint, 1d inverted watermark mint (S.G. 341wi), Simple Cypher die 2 ½d watermark inverted mint and no cross on crown mint (S.G. 344a, 344wi), 1d no cross on crown mint (2), Multiple Cypher die 2 ½d no cross on crown used, etc. (143). £200-250
66
Click to view full image... 1912 ½d Downey Head die 2 watermark Simple Cypher with "CANCELLED" overprint type 24, 1912 7d olive and 8d black on yellow-buff both overprinted "SPECIMEN" type 26, the 8d creased, the others fine mint, all from the NPM Archives. S.G. N5t, N27/8s, £750. (3). Photo on Page 12. £100-120
67
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1912-35 KGV Mint and used selection on pages including Specimen overprints with 1912-24 3d type 23 overprint and 1/- type 26 overprint, 1934 1d with type 33 Cancelled overprint, 1912-24 1½d PENCF variety within a mint pair, watermark varieties, coil join pairs, 1934 2/6 mint, etc. (269). Photo on Page 12. £250-350
68
  1912-24 ½d - 1/- Royal Cypher Dandy Roll varieties, virtually all in mounted mint pairs, with missing crown, missing "G", missing "R" and broken letter watermark varieties, comprising pairs (with a few blocks or singles) of the ½d (7), 1d (8), 1½d (5), 2d (9), 2½d (4), 3d (5), 4d (6), 5d (3), 6d (3), 7d, 9d agate (4), 10d (4), 1/- (5), includes 1d vertical strip of four watermark "OSTAGE", 9d agate block of four with missing crown and GR, etc., many scarce and very under catalogued varieties. (64). £400-500
69
  1913-34 Coil leaders comprising 1912-24 ½d ("500 ½d Stamps / Delivery Top End First / Price £1.0.11") and 1d ("500 1d Stamps / Delivery Top End First / Price £2.1.10", in red, also 1d single or pair both with coil end papers), 1934-36 ½d (2, "480 ½d Stamps / Delivery Left Side First / Price £4" or "1,920 ½d Stamps / Delivery Lower End First / Price £4", both in green), 1d ("960 1d Stamps / Delivery Lower End First / Price £4" in red). (7). £120-150
70
Click to view full image... 1913-34 Seahorse Issues mint and used, with Waterlow 10/- and £1 used, De La Rue 2/6 and 5/- used, Bradbury Wilkinson 2/6 (the four listed shades), 5/- and 10/- both mint and used, 1934 set mint and used (additional 2/6, 5/-, 10/- block of four), also 1934 air mail cover to Argentina sent by Lufthansa bearing 6d + 1934 2/6 and 5/-. S.G. £6,000. (30). Photo on Page 12. £600-700
71
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1915 De La Rue 2/6 (2, shades), 5/- and 10/- mint. S.G. 406/12, £3,800. (4). Photo on Page 12. £600-700
72
Click to view full image... 1918-19 Bradbury Wilkinson 5/- rose-red, fine unmounted mint. S.G. 416, £475. Photo on Page 12. £100-120
73
Click to view full image... 1924-26 Block Cypher ½d - 1½d, Specimen or Cancelled overprints, comprising ½d type 23 overprint double, one albino (S.G. N33ta, unpriced by S.G.); ½d with 10x2mm Specimen overprint, similar to type 23 but with wider "C", "M" and "N", probably a forgery; 1½d with type 23 overprint; ½d, 1d and 1½d inverted watermarks all with type 28 Cancelled overprint; ½d and 1½d with type 33 Cancelled overprints and punched cross, all fine mint. S.G. £585 + 2 unpriced /unlisted stamps. (8). Photo on Page 12. £200-250
74
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1924-51 Collection in an album, with KGV commemoratives issues and KGVI issues, including 1929 P.U.C £1 unmounted mint and used, 1948 Silver Wedding printed F.D.C, controls, plate and watermark varieties, also a second album of Channel Islands. (100s). Photo on Page 8. £400-500
75
  1925 British Empire Exhibition 1d block of fifteen (rows 1-3, margins on three sides) affixed to a piece of notepaper with embossed royal arms at top, tied by two "BRITISH EMPIRE EXHIBITION / WEMBLEY" datestamps (May 9), with the typed message "I certify that the attached sheet of 1d stamps were the first of that value sold at the British Empire Exhibition 1925", signed by the Postmaster F. Gibbins. A unique item, with R.P.S Certificate (2013). £2,000-2,400
76
Click to view full image... 1925 British Empire Exhibition 1½d block of fifteen (rows 1-3, margins on three sides) affixed to a piece of notepaper with embossed royal arms at top, tied by two "BRITISH EMPIRE EXHIBITION / WEMBLEY" datestamps (May 9), with the typed message "I certify that the attached sheet of 1½d stamps were the first of that value sold at the British Empire Exhibition 1925", signed by the Postmaster F. Gibbins. A unique item, with R.P.S Certificate (2013). Photo on Page 10. £2,000-2,400
77
  1970 Christmas 5d, imperforate pair, fine unmounted mint. S.G. 839c, £300. £80-100
78
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... Booklets. 1930-35 KGV Booklets all with adverts for "Turban" dates or mixed fruit on the front or back covers, comprising 2/- edition 221 and 231 (inverted watermarks), 3/- edition 267 (minor creasing to front cover), 1935 Silver Jubilee 2/- edition 303 (2, one with inverted watermarks on ½d and two 1½d panes, other with inverted watermarks on 1d and all 1½d panes) and 304 (½d pane inverted watermark, cover toning), also 3/- edition 297 with most stamps removed. S.G. B12 (2), 16 (3), 24, £2,620. (7). Photo on Page 38. £400-500

Officials

79
  1882-1904 Mint and used selection on pages including Inland Revenue 1889 1/- green used, Office of Works 1902 ½d - 2½d used, Army issues complete mint and used, Govt. Parcels 1883 9d dull green used, 1891 2d mint, Board of Education 1902 2½d used, Admiralty 1903 set used. (73). £200-250
80
  Government Parcels. 1883-1902 Stamps used including 1883-86 1/- plates 13 and 14, 1890 1/- green (3), 1892 4½d (4), 1900 1/-, 1902 KEVII 1/-, etc., most with parcel or roller cancels but otherwise fine. (37). £120-150
81
Click to view full image... Government Parcels. 1900 1/- Green and carmine fine mint and used. S.G. O72, £925. (2). Photo on Page 12. £100-120

Postage Due Stamps

82
  c.1912 Essays in pencil and indian ink for a 2d postage due stamp, the two essays similar in design but showing differences in the side details and size of wording, with a stamp size pencil drawing of the current 1d postage stamp alongside, all drawn by Mr H.J Howard who worked in the Secretary's office at the G.P.O, believed to have been submitted to the 1912 Conference which discussed the proposal to issue postage due stamps (recommending that five values of dues be issued, the design brief being given to George Eve). The two essays each 90x100mm, on thick card (255x316mm), a further stamp size essay excised from the upper left corner (believed to be in the Royal Collection), central horizontal fold and small split at upper right corner (well away from the essays), a unique and important item in the development of the first G.B postage due stamps, with an article on these essays by Graham Mark. £2,000-2,400
83
  1914-23 Simple Cypher Issue with Specimen overprints, comprising set of eight (both 1/- bright blue and deep bright blue shades) with type 23 overprint, 2d and 3d type 26 overprint, also 2d colour trials in carmine, Bartolozzi brown and blue green with type 23 overprint, 3d type 23 a little stained, otherwise fine. S.G. £1,030. (14). £160-180
84
  1914 2d Agate upper right corner marginal strip of four (left pane), watermark sideways inverted and reversed, the watermark displaced downwards resulting in the strip watermarked "POSTAGE", superb unmounted mint. A unique variety, this strip the example recorded in the S.G. specialised catalogue as S.G. R41ba. With R.P.S Certificate (2011). £400-500
85
  1914-69 Unmounted mint postage dues in a stockbook with many Controls, some watermark varieties, including 1924-31 1½d control block, 1954-55 2/6 (6), 1955-57 5/- (2), etc. (100s). £200-250
86
  1924-36 Block Cypher ½d - 2/6, mint Controls comprising Waterlow set of nine (1½d stained) and the eight Harrison printing values, also 3d experimental paper with D25 Control, and an unmounted 3d printed on the gummed side. S.G. £1,600+. (19). £240-280

GREAT BRITAIN POSTAL HISTORY
(Also see lots 20, 26/9, 300/3, 31/3, 665-674, 681/5, 1331/2, 1632/3, 1740/1)

87
  Covers, maps and ephemera, including 1890 imitation Mulready Christmas card produced as a souvenir of the Penny Postage Jubilee (corner crease), House of Commons covers and cancels, a good range of antique maps of counties (58), official souvenir book of the Franco-British Exhibition, etc. £200-250
88
  1759-1964 Entire letters, entires, covers and cards, including 1759 letter detailing prize money won by H.M.S "Rochester" during the Seven Years War; 1862 front sent at the 1d soldiers rate to Canada but charged 8d with "LON. & HOLYHEAD R.P.O / IRISH MAIL NIGHT" and Canadian charge marks; 1917 covers all franked 1d sent to Teheran by diplomatic bag with boxed "Postal Censor" (8); 1917 cover from the British Consulate in Odessa sent by diplomatic bag and posted in London franked 1d; 1861 Official G.P.O cover to Guernsey redirected back to London with wax seal impressed by "GUERNSEY / (crown)" mailbag seal, etc. (105). £150-200
89
  1806-47 Entire letters and covers including 1842-43 letters from York paid in cash with red "Pd1" or Pd2", 1840 (May 15) 1d Mulready envelope used in London (flap missing), 1847 entire from New York sent to Liverpool on the "Sarah Sands", etc. (9). £100-120
90
  1812-1994 Covers and cards, with an album of Scottish covers and cancels, and an unusual collection of 1988-94 royal or official covers (60) all addressed to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police at New Scotland Yard, one cover addressed in the handwriting of Lady Diana and initialled "D", another Guaranteed Delivery cover from Prince Charles. (277). £120-150
91
  1841-84 Mourning covers with 1841 cover bearing a 1d black (3 margins), covers from France with scarce curved framed "FOREIGN PAID" of Southampton (2), covers to Aden (2) or to naval ships abroad (6, at Malta, Panama, San Francisco, Vancouver Island, etc). (11). £250-300
92
  c.1830-1970 Covers and cards including an entire (side flaps removed) with fine green "BUENOS AYRES / O" applied at the Falmouth Packet Office, 1860-79 surface printed covers addressed abroad (14) with 1879 cover to Aden franked 6d pair, 1930-38 first flight covers (4), 1940 Air Mail cover to Singapore franked 1/3 Health Insurance stamp with postage stamps then applied by the Post Office, etc. (49). £180-200
93
  1848-49 Entire letters from Scotland (14, eleven from Inverness) or England (2), also two letters posted at Venice or Vienna, all to the traveller and writer James Baillie Fraser (who explored Nepal in 1815, Persia and Kurdistan in 1821), in Italy (13), France (3), Switzerland or Austria, two letters from Scotland to Florence disinfected with slits and boxed cachets of S. Rocco di Livorno. (18). £140-160
94
  1877 Linen backed wrapper "From Peter Robinson, Oxford St., London W - Please use this wrapper (reversed) to return", posted in London franked 8½d, comprising ½d + 1d (2) + 6d on 6d tied by dumb cancels. The inside bears the address of Peter Robinson and printed letter rates, with the instructions not to exceed 12 ounces; despite this the wrapper has been posted from London at the printed papers rate for an item of 34 ounces weight. An unusual franking and rate. £130-150
95
  1889-1912 Covers and cards to unusual destinations, mainly KEVII stamps, including 1912 cover (KEVII perf 15x14 2½d) to Dairen and redirected to Japan, backstamped violet Dairen I.J.P.O and oval Changchun-Mukden T.P.O datestamps, also items to Zululand (2), Java (4), St. Kitts, Zanzibar, etc. (21). £180-220
96
  1891-1924 Covers to or from E.R Litchfield, an Officer in the British army, all with enclosed letters including 1897 cover posted in London with enclosed letter from Sierra Leone, 1920-22 covers from Ireland, etc. (44). £100-120
97
  1929 (Sep 23) Clerical dog collar posted from Edinburgh to Arbroath, a KGV 1½d cancelled by "EDINBURGH / N.P.B" c.d.s, a poem and various odd messages on the reverse, an extraordinary item to have been sent through the post. £100-120
98
  Post Offices Notices. 1885-87 Notices comprising 1885 (Dec.) notice on the reduced scale of postage on letters over 12oz, 1886 (Apr.) differing notices on inland parcel rates from 1st May (2), 1887 (Jan.) notice on card giving all inland rates, 1887 (May) notice on foreign and colonial parcel post regulations and rates, etc. Also 1840 (Apr. 27) "The Times" newspaper with the Treasury Warrant giving the recent changes to postal regulations and rates and the forthcoming issue of stamps, 1913 P.O notice on the inland parcel post, etc. A scarce group, the 1885-86 notices all album page size. (9) £350-400
99
  Exhibition & Special Event Cancels. 1906-14 Picture postcards and covers, various cancels including scarce 1912 (May 24) "ROYAL HORTICULTURAL EX / SW" skeleton on cover bearing an exhibition label, 1914 Bristol International Exhibition c.d.s, 1909 Scottish Village c.d.s on card to USA, etc. (50). £320-380
100
  Late Mail. 1858-70 Entire letters and covers with "Posted Since" datestamps of Edinburgh (6) or Liverpool (3, all with "POSTED-SINCE / LIVERPOOL / 8.30 LAST NIGHT" c.d.s, one in brown on a letter to New York "p. America"), all fine. (9). £100-120
Auction Details
G.B & Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction 54) Day 1 of 2
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 494 288
Date: 25th April 2024 Time: 10:30AM
Details: For viewing details and enquiries regarding this auction - Telephone No. 0207 930 6100
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