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We have recently acquired a lovely
collection of 21/2d
Rosy Mauves and Blues on covers going overseas,
the UPU rate introduced in July 1875.
We will be adding them over the next week so keep watching, these really are a very
nice lot and rarely seen in such nice condition.
Click on cover above to view
1840 SG2 1d BLACK PLATE 2 FINE USED BLACK MALTESE CROSS (JG)
A fine used 4 margin example, cancelled by a black Maltese cross. Scarce on this plate.
no "O" flaw. Spec AS15m. SG Cat £650.00
Order: 13801 - £195.00
1840 SG2 1d BLACK PLATE 3 FULL RED MALTESE CROSS (QH)
good used 4 just clear to good margin example, centrally cancelled by a nearly full red
Maltese cross. Spec AS20.
Order: 13802 SOLD
1840 SG2 1d BLACK PLATE 3 VERY FINE USED RED MALTESE CROSS
A very fine used 4 large margin example, cancelled by a large part bright red
Maltese cross. Very fresh. Spec AS20.
Order: 13803 - £225.00
1840 SG2 1d BLACK PLATE 3 VERY FINE USED RED MALTESE CROSS
A very fine used 4 good to large margin example, lightly cancelled by an
orange/red Maltese cross. Left line extends slightly below. Top left corner NW square
weak. Spec AS20.
Order: 13804 - 195.00
1840 SG2 1d BLACK PLATE 3 VERY FINE USED RUSTY RED MALTESE
A very fine used 4 margin example, cancelled by a rusty red Maltese cross.
Variety letter "F" slightly doubled, bottom line "F" square thin. Spec AS20b.
Order: 13805 - £195.00
1840 SG2 1d BLACK PLATE 4 BLACK
MALTESE CROSS (CF)
A good/fine used 4 clear to very large margin example, cancelled
by a nearly full strike of a black Maltese cross. Dot touching right side line of "C"
square. Spec AS23.
Order: 13806 - £145.00
1840 SG2 1d BLACK PLATE 4 FINE USED BLACK MALTESE CROSS (AG)
A fine used 4 margin example, cancelled by a black Maltese cross. Left side weak. Spec
Order: 13807 - £165.00
1840 SG1 1d INTENSE BLACK PLATE 4 FINE USED RED MALTESE CROSS
A fine used 4 close to large margin example, cancelled by a large part bright
red Maltese cross. Scratches on lower margin. Spec AS22.
Order: 13808 -
1840 SG2 1d BLACK PLATE 4 GOOD USED RED MALTESE CROSS (AJ)
Just, and only just about clear NE side, otherwise nice margins around. Spec AS23.
Order: 13809 SOLD
1840 SG2 1d BLACK PLATE 4 GOOD USED
RED MALTESE CROSS (TB)
A good used 4 margin example, cancelled by a red Maltese
cross. Spec AS23.
Order: 13810 - £99.50
1840 SG2 1d BLACK PLATE 1d SUPERB USED 4 ENORMOUS MARGINS
Lightly cancelled by a red Maltese cross, 10 & 7 o'clock ray flaw,
NE of ONE
joined. Spec AS5g.
Order: 3767 - SOLD
1d GREY BLACK (WORN) PLATE 3 EXTREMELY LIGHTLY CANCELLED (BG)
A very fine/superb used
4 margin example showing good plate wear, extremely lightly cancelled by a red Maltese
cross. Spec AS21.
Order: 13768 - £245.00
1840 SG3 1d GREY BLACK PLATE 6 BLACK CROSS CLEAR PROFILE
A very fine used 4 margin example, lightly struck by a black Maltese
leaving the profile clear. Variety "loop to P".
Good plate wear,
unrecorded in SG on this plate. Spec AS41b.
Order: 13769 - £225.00
SG54 1s GREEN EMBOSSED
A fine used 4 margin example, struck by a Liverpool "466"
cancelation. SG Cat £1000.00
Order: 13771 - 255.00
1840 SG2 1d BLACK PLATE 2 ON 27th MAY 1840 DATED PIECE
A very fine used 4 margin example tied to dated piece by a full red Maltese
cross. 7 o'clock ray flaw, line under "K" slightly doubled. Spec AS15
Order: 13770 - SOLD
1841 SG8 1d RED BROWN PLATE 72 RE-JOINED UNUSED BLOCK OF 6
It has been cut and re-joined vertically and is secured by
hinges, but otherwise and very fresh block, with large part original gum.
in margin "PRICE 1d Per Label. 1/- Per Row of 12. £1.... Per S"
pair, TB & TC are missing from the imprimatur sheet. It does have clear margins all
round. A fine exhibition piece. SG Cat £3600.00 as singles.
Order: 13772 -
1841 SG14 2d BLUE PLATE 4 DUPLEX CANCELLATION (MH)
fine used 4 margin example, neatly struck by a duplex cancellation,
rarely found on
this issue as late used.
Order: 13773 - £175.00
2d BLUE PLATE 5 VERY FINE UNUSED (AD)
A very unused example, with just a smattering
of gum on the back. From the short "A" row.
Scarce so fresh. SG Cat £2850.00.
Order: 13774 - £325.00
1841 SG15 2d DEEP BLUE PLATE 3 VERY FINE USED STRIP OF 6 WITH
A very fine used strip of 6 with margins all round, each struck by
a neat Maltese cross. Part red cancellation.
Varieties on 3 stamps - QI - right
frame line extends down, QJ - "J" flaw, QK shifted transfer, value and base.
exhibition item - rare so fine as such long strip. SG Cat £1650.00 as singles.
Order: 13775 - SOLD
1841 SG7 1d RED BROWN PLATE 2 VERY RARE BLOCK OF 4 (QE/RF)
A fine used block of 4, margins all round except for the base of RF which is cut into.
Each stamp showing 7 o'clock ray flaws.
Hinged on the back, with the shallowest
of thinning on QF.
Despite it's faults, this is a very rare multiple and unpriced by
Gibbons as a block due to it's rarity.
Order: 13776 - £1350.00
2d BLUE PLATE 3 SCARCE BLOCK OF 4 (CG/DH)
A fine used block of 4, margins clear
around except for the SE corner of CH where it is only just touching, with a 3mm scissor
cut through the base line. Blocks of 4 with Maltese crosses are very scarce. SG Cat
£6000.00 as a block of 4.
Order: 13777 - £750.00
1840 SG5 2d BLUE PLATE 1 VERY FINE
USED RED MALTESE CROSS PAIR (DD/DE) CAT £2000.00
A very fine used 4 margin pair,
each cancelled by a red Maltese cross. SG Cat £2000.00 +
Order: 13739 -
1840 SG5 2d BLUE
PLATE 1 VERY FINE USED RED MALTESE CROSS PLATE WEAR (AA) A very fine used 4 close to
large margin example, lightly cancelled by a red Maltese cross. Good plate wear, a very
fresh and lovely stamp. SG Cat £900.00 +
Order: 13740: £475.00
1840 SG5 2d BLUE PLATE 1 VERY FINE
USED FULL RED MALTESE CROSS DEEP SHADE (CL) A very fine used 4 close to very large
margin example, part next to left, cancelled just by a just about full red Maltese
cross. Nice deep shade, a very fresh and lovely stamp. SG Cat £900.00 +
Order: 13741 - £575.00
1840 SG5 2d BLUE PLATE 1 VERY FINE USED BRIGHT RED MALTESE CROSS (LK) A very fine
used 4 margin example, cancelled just by a nearly full bright red Maltese cross. SG Cat
Order: 13742: £525.00
1840 SG5 2d BLUE PLATE 1 VERY FINE
USED RED MALTESE CROSS PART TOWN CANCEL (NB) A very fine used 4 margin example,
cancelled just by a large part deep red Maltese cross. Small part town cancel SW
corner? Very pretty. SG Cat £900.00 +
Order: 13743 - £625.00
1840 SG6 2d PALE BLUE PLATE 1 FINE/VERY FINE USED RED MALTESE CROSS (FL) A fine/very
fine used 4 margin example, cancelled just by a large part bright red Maltese cross. SG
Cat £900.00 +
Order: 13744: £395.00
NEW STOCK BELOW - 1887/1900 JUBILEE ISSUE FROM A RARE COLLECTION OF PRINTING
1900 SG213 1/2d Dull blue green unmounted mint lower right corner marginal vertical pair
showing a dramatic pre-printing paper fold. From the vertical comb perforator with
perforations in the right margin. A rare item.
1887 SG201 21/2d Purple on Blue. A very fine unmounted mint example from the 1st
setting from the top of the pane showing unusual printing void. Very unusual and
probably unique. Ex. Gwaine Baillie Collection.
Order: 13695: £795.00
1/2d Vermilion Partially Imperforate. An unmounted mint example without perforations on
3 sides and an extra perforation hole on the perforated side. Only other similar example
we have seen was in the Gwaine Baillie collection 2005. Most unusual.
1887 SG197 1/2d Vermilion. An unmounted Mint marginal block of 4 showing gross error
caused by paper fold while printing. Giving also the appearance of "extra wide" stamps
and mis perf, this is a most unusual and probably unique item. Very rare.
Order: 13693: £595.00
SG197 1/2d Vermillion. A mounted mint corner marginal piece showing unusual paper fold.
This only affects the perforations and not the printing. Corner was probably folded as
sheet was being perforated. Unusual.
Order: 13690 - £99.50
1887 SG197 1/2d Vermilion. An unmounted mint corner marginal example showing
missing print on the NW corner, caused by paper fold while printing.
part showing on the reverse gum side. A rare item.
Order: 13691: £395.00
1/2d Vermilion. A very fine unmounted mint control M pair, where the corner has been
folded during printing. Also a double row of vertical perfs along the bottom. An unusual
and scarce item.
Order: 13638 - £125.00
1887 SG197 1/2d Vermilion. A fine mint control N block of 6, where the corner has been
folded during printing and therefore perforating the margin. An unusual and scarce item,
especially in a control block.
Order: 13639: £225.00
1/2d Vermilion. Unmounted mint bottom left corner marginal block of four with a
pre-printed paper fold, resulting in a portion of the S.W. stamp being printed on the
gummed side. Hinged in margins only. A rare item.
Order: 13636 - £495.00
SG198 1/2d Vermilion in a mint hinged H control corner
block ,showing pre-printing paper fold, resulting in part of the corner stamp printed on
the gummed side. A rare item, especially on a control.
Order: 13637: £495.00
1887 SG198 11/2d Purple & Green. A mint
marginal example showing a large void of printing to the head plate, purple missing
upper right. This does not affect the duty plate. Light crease, Large part original gum.
A rare item. Ex. Gwaine Baillie Collection.
Order: 13634 -
1887 SG198 11/2d Dull Purple and Green. A very fine mint bottom left corner
marginal block of 6 from the 2nd setting, no green rule along bottom of pane. Top left
stamp showing variety " deformed leaf". Duty plate 4, R19/1. Spec K29e. 5 stamps are
unmounted mint, one mounted, mounted in margins. Very fresh with full perfs, a lovely
positional block of this variety and very scarce. SG Cat £1100.00
13635 - £795.00
1887 Jubilee SG209 9d Dull Purple and Bright Blue. A full
unmounted mint pane of 20, pane "G" from the SW corner of the post office mill sheet -
small watermark cross in SW corner.
From the 3rd marginal setting, blocks and pillars
in margins and rules around pane, purple rule broken at corners. Part next panes above
and to the right, very scarce as such.
4 of the stamps have a light vertical crease,
otherwise a very fresh and scarce piece, especially in the bright blue shade. Spec K38(2)
SG Cat £4400.00 as singles.
1884 SG179 2/6 Deep Lilac (LF/MG) Watermark Large Anchor.
A superb used block of 4,
each perfectly cancelled by an upright CDS of Plymouth for
September 26th 1891.
An exhibition quality item. SG Cat £1100.00 +
Order: 13298 -
SG62 4d CARMINE WATERMARK SMALL GARTER FINE USED SCARCE FRENCH CALAIS CDS.
A fine used example, on
highly glazed blued paper, cancelled by a French Calais CDS for 19th March 1856. This
cancellation is usually added to the front of the letter, when posted in England on it's
way France, and rarely placed on the stamp. Very scarce usage. SG Cat £450.00
Order: 13570 - £225.00
1857 SGZ82 SG66 4d ROSE WATERMARK
LARGE GARTER RARE A47 HIGHGATE JAMAICA CANCEL.
A fine used wing margin
example, lightly struck in Jamaica. A rare stamp.
SG Cat £225.00 (2013)
Order: 13575 SOLD
1841 SG14 2d BLUE PLATE 4 SCARCE
MARKET DRAYTON 509 CANCEL IN BLUE (MJ)
good used extremely nearly 4 clear margin example, only just about touching NE frame
line. Nicely struck by a Market Drayton cancellation in Blue - recorded for 1847 & 1851
(Danzig) On thin paper. A scarce stamp but priced accordingly. SG Cat £1000.00
Order: 13558 - £225.00
1854 SG60 6d PURPLE EMBOSSED BLUE/GREEN IRISH
A fine used pair, margins all clear on the left stamp,
just touching at the top on the right. Watermark VR upright. A lovely purple shade, with
a scarce cancellation.
SG Cat £2000.00 as singles.
Order: 13553 - £495.00
1855 SG20a 2d BLUE PLATE 5 VERY
FINE USED BLUE CANCELLATION (QL)
Watermark Small Crown, Perf 16. A very
fine used example, lightly struck by a Blue cancellation. Could be Birmingham "75" which
was known in blue. SG Cat £350.00 ++
Order: 13568 - £175.00
1858 SG36a 2d DEEP BLUE PLATE 6 FINE USED SCARCE
LONDON 21 INLAND CANCEL
Watermark Large Crown, Perf 16. A fine used example of this
difficult stamp, struck by a scarce London Inland Office 21D - 3 -7- 7- 3 rarity "G"
A tad off centre, SE corner perf weak. SG Cat £375.00 +
Order: 13569 -
1891 SG212 £1 GREEN (KB) Watermark Crowns. A very fine
used example, lightly cancelled by a central
Belfast CDS for April 3rd 1895. SG Cat
£800.00 plus premium.
Order: 13534 - £575.00
1887 JUBILEE SG200 2d GREEN & CARMINE 1890 GUILDHALL CANCELLATION ON COVER
In 1890 - for the 50th anniversary of the postage stamp - the Penny Postage Jubilee
exhibition was held at the Guildhall.
You could post envelopes to yourself and get them cancelled by this special post
office cancellation at the exhibition.
from Portsmouth to The Cape of Good Hope, with 2 x SG141 21/d Rosy Mauve plate 10 and a
1d Red making the 5d overseas rate.
Cancelled by 5 strikes, one on the reverse, of
the scarce Portsmouth Sorting Carriage CDS for April 17th 1878.
Signed by Henry
Ponsonby from Osborne this envelope with a black seal on the reverse, possibly Royal
To His Excellency the Right Hon. Sir Bartle Frere GCB GCSI - The High
commissioner of South Africa.
A very similar cover from Ponsonby to Kent sold recently sold at a London
auction. Exhibition quality.
(Argyll Etkin Feb 2017 item 905)
Order: 13497 - £495.00 SOLD
1841 SG8 1d RED BROWN PLATE 14 RARE WHITEHAVEN
MALTESE CROSS (DF)
A good used 4 margin
example, tied to piece by a double strike of the rare Whitehaven Maltese Cross.
adhesive is slightly damaged above "E" of POSTAGE. Spec BS3tv. SG Cat £2200.00
Order: 13448 - £395.00
1840 SG3 1d GREY BLACK PLATE 1a SCARCE BLACK MALTESE CROSS ON
PART COVER (RJ)
A fine used 4 margin example, tied to front plus part flap by a
Black Maltese cross, scarce on this plate.
Town stamp "Cross" on the back for June 7th 1841 - possibly a
small village in Somerset to London.
10 & 5 o'clock ray flaws. Good plate wear. Spec AS2. SG Cat £1100.00 of cover.
Order: 13443 - £295.00
1841 SG14 2d BLUE PLATE 3
BLOCK OF 4 (IJ/JK)
A very fine used block of 4 with good margins all
round. Cancelled by black Maltese crosses and rare so fine. JJ showing variety "double
J". Spec ES11.
SG Cat £6000.00 for a block of 4.
Order 13289: SOLD
1878 SG129 £1 BROWN LILAC SCOTTISH ABERDEEN CDS SUPERB USED RPS
Watermark Maltese Cross. A superb used example, cancelled by a steel
CDS of Aberdeen for 22nd January 1882.
Lovely colour, well centered, and very fresh
with RPS certificate. SG Cat £4500.00 ++
Order: 13201 - £2750.00
VERY RARE FULL PANE OF 20 FROM THE FIRST MARGINAL
1887 Jubilee SG205s 4d Green and
Brown overprinted Specimen type 9.
All stamps are unmounted mint, 4 rows affected by
light vertical creases, and hinges in the margins securing perfs.
In over 25 years,
this is only the 2nd full pane from the 1st marginal setting, without rules or pillars
in the margins we have seen.
Pane C/G from the left side of the Post office
millsheet. Wiseman rarity L-M.
The other was in the Aureum collection, recently sold
by Gibbons for £2500 - sold before the catalogue went to print and marked in it as such.
Order: 13180 - £1250.00
1887 Jubilee SG197 1/2d Vermilion. Watermark Crown inverted.
A very fine used example with Watermark Inverted, neatly struck by a Windsor squared
circle cancellation. Although now priced by Gibbons, these are extremely rare. We have
seen no more than 3 or 4 in over 25 years and very rare so fine.
Order 12947 - SOLD
PRINTED ON THE GUMMED SIDE
SG197 1/2d Vermilion. A very lightly mounted on the back, mint example of this scarce
stamp, with inverted watermark, printed on the gummed side. Spec K27d. SG Cat £4000.00
Order 12948 -
£1950.00 SALE PRICE £1850.00
1887 JUBILEE SG200 2d GREY GREEN &
CARMINE VERY RARE SECOND SETTING CORNER MARGINAL
A very lightly mounted mint example, with full original gum, from the very rare 2nd
marginal setting with two continuous rules in green and carmine in the margin. The
1st setting has no rules, and the 3rd setting continuous green but broken carmine
In over 25 years of collecting marginal pieces of the Jubilee issue, we
have seen only around 8 examples of this very rare setting, and only 2 of them from the
Order:12555 - £1750.00 SALE PRICE
1870 SG48 1/2d
Rose Red (SX) Plate 13. A very fine mint example, appears to have never been hinged with
original gum, showing the imperforated margin on the right to the edge of the sheet.
Lovely fresh deep shade and a scarce positional piece.
Order 11932 - £124.50