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Engraved issues including the 1840 1d Black, 1840 2d Blue, 1841 1d Red, and 1841 2d
Blue, to Embossed and Surface printed
stamps, with a special interest and stock in the 1887 Jubilee issue
which we particularly like.
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material from 1900, and can source many of the more popular later
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1864/1879 SG43/44 1d Rose/Lake Red Superb CDS plate
collection 71 - 225
In over 25 years, this has to be the best collection of
1d Red plates we have seen. From 71 to 225, minus 77 of course, 11 empty spaces, and 3
with 1844 type cancels, the rest all are cancelled by CDS's, or the CDS part of a
duplex. There are some perf faults, most are very fine, many are superb examples, and
some lovely cancellations on the later plates including 225 which are so scarce as such.
A great lot for inclusion, continuation, or improving with your own collection.
on images above to view at 600dpi.
Order 13191 - £2995.00
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
1840 SG3 1d Grey Black (JK) Plate 10. A very fine used 4
margin example, cancelled by a red Maltese cross. Scarce late use of the red cross on
this plate. Spec AS67h. SG Cat £1500.00. With RPS certificate.
Order: 12973 - £595.00
PLATE 11 MATCHED PAIR
1840 SG2 & 1841 SG7. Plate 11. 1d Greyish Black, a very fine used 4
close to large margin example, matched with a superb 1d Red Brown - both letters EA.
Both showing a nice example of the 7 o'clock ray flaw in the NE star. Spec AS72 & AS74.
SG Cat £4630.00 as singles.
Order: 12974 - £1895.00
1840 SG5 2d Blue (KG) Plate 1. A very fine used 4 margin
example, cancelled by a red Maltese cross. Spec DS5. SG Cat £900.00
12975 - £375.00
1840 SG6 2d Pale Blue (FJ/FK) Plate 1. A very fine used 4
margin pair, each cancelled by a red Maltese cross. Spec DS6. SG cat £2000.00
Order: 12976 - £795.00
1840 SG4 2d Deep Blue (EJ/EL) Plate 2. A very fine used 4
margin strip of 3, each cancelled by black Maltese cross. A lovely deep blue shade. Spec
DS7. SG Cat £3900.00 as singles.
Order: 12977 - £995.00
1841 SG14 2d Blue (LL) Plate 3. A very fine used 4 margin
example, from the right side of the sheet, showing part inscription in margin. Spec
Order: 12978 - £129.50 SOLD
1850 SG16b 1d Red
Brown (BJ/BK) Plate 97. A superb used pair of "Archers" perfs, watermark small crown,
perf 16, alphabet I, very lightly cancelled.
Spec CE2. SG Cat £1250.00 as singles, very rare in pairs. With
Order: 12979 - £895.00
1855 C7 ABNORMAL 1d RED BROWN PLATE 23 FINE USED
Watermark Small crown, Perf 14, Die II, Alphabet III, Blued
Paper. A fine used example of this rare stamp, from the first few months of the
print run with Alphabet III letters.
SG Cat £950.00
Order: 12980 - £425.00
1847/54 SG55 1s Green Embossed. A very fine used example, cut
square with 4 good to large margins. Very lightly struck by a London Inland
cancellation. Scarce so fine. SG Cat £1000.00
Order: 12981 - £495.00
1850 SG57 10d Embossed. Die 2. A very
fine used 4 good to large margin example, struck by a London Inland cancellation. Scarce
so fine. SG Cat £1500.00
Order: 12982 - £795.00
1891 SG212 £1 Green (HB) Watermark Crowns. A very fine used
example, perfectly struck by a central upright Edinburgh CDS for Feb 20th 1896.
Order: 12965 - £595.00
1884 SG183 10s Ultramarine (MG) Watermark Anchor. A very fine used
example, cancelled by telegraphic 403 in circle, scarce on this issue. With RPS
certificate of authenticity. SG Cat £525.00
Order: 12966 - £245.00
1883 SG175 2/6 Lilac (KA) Watermark Anchor. Blued Paper. A
very fine used example, neatly cancelled by a Fairford CDS for December 5th 1883 -
during the blued paper period. SG Cat £1500.00
Order 12967 - £575.00
Blued Paper from White Paper period.
1884 SG179a 2/6
Lilac (KE) Watermark Anchor. From the white paper period, a very fine used example
London cancellation, with PEGB certificate. SG Cat £3600.00
Order: 12968 -
Overprint I.R. Official.
1890 SG O10b 10s
Ultramarine (JE) Watermark Anchor. A very fine used example, neatly struck by registered
oval cancellation. RPS certificate of authenticity. SG Cat £4500.00
12970 - £2750.00
1878 SG129 £1 BROWN LILAC (BE) Watermark Maltese Cross. A
very fine used example, neatly cancelled by an upright Aberdeen CDS for April 3rd 1882.
SG Cat £4500.00
Order: 12972 - £2450 SOLD
1882 SG137 £5 Orange (BG) Watermark Large Anchor. A very fine
used example, neatly cancelled by an Edinburgh CDS for January 8th 1896.
certificate of authenticity. SG Cat £4650.00
Order: 12971 - £2850.00
1856 SG72 1s Green. Watermark Emblems. A fine mint hinged
example, with large part original gum, from the bottom of the sheet, with part
inscription PRICE in margin. One pulled perf on the right, but very fresh and a scarce
positional item. SG Cat £3250.00
Order: 12983 - £495.00
1862 SG79 4d Bright Red (NK) Watermark Large Garter. A very
fine mint hinged example, with large part original gum. Lovely colour and very fresh.
Scarce so fine. SG Cat £2200.00
Order: 12984 - £795.00
1862 SG76b 3d Bright Carmine Rose (NA) A superb mint example,
extremely lightly mounted with full original gum on "thick paper". Well centered, and
lovely fresh colour. Rare so fine. SG Cat £4000.00
Order: 12985 - £1295.00
1869 SG94 4d Vermilion (KA) Watermark Large Garter. A just
about unmounted mint example with full original gum, from the top of the sheet. Part
inscription in margin PO. Tiny adhesion spot on the back SW corner, and light crease but
a scarce positional item and very fresh. SG Cat £625.00
Order: 12986 -
1867 SG112 10d Red Brown (PJ) Watermark Spray. A fine used
example, from the top of the sheet, with part inscription "Tenpence per Label" in
margin. A scarce positional item. SG Cat £400.00
Order: 12987 - £74.50
1867 SG Z24 (SG113) 10d Pale Red Brown (OH) Watermark Spray.
A very fine used example, neatly struck by a G06 Beyrout cancellation. SG Cat £400 as GB
Order: 12988 - £99.50
1867 SG119 2s Deep Blue (TB) Plate 1.
Watermark spray. A very fine unused stamp, lightly hinged with full gum.
It appears to
be original but with some slight sweating and redistribution. However, it is one of the
nicest looking examples of this issue we have had for many years and is priced
accordingly. Lovely shade and extremely fresh. SG Cat £4800.00
Order: 12793 -
Rare Cobalt Shade.
1867 SG Z120 (SG120a)
2s Cobalt (MK) Watermark spray. A fine used example of this scarce shade, cancelled in
British Levant by a Constantinople "C".
SG Cat £3000.00 as GB usage.
Order: 12989 - £595.00
1873 SG125 6d Grey (RL) Plate 12. Watermark Spray. A very
fine mint hinged example, with large part original gum. Very fresh. SG Cat £1900.00
Order: 12990 - £750.00
1879 SG141 21/2d Rosy Mauve (JC) Plate 15. Watermark Orb. A
very fine mint hinged example, with large part original gum.
Very fresh, good
colour. SG Cat ££525.00
Order: 12991 - £225.00
1880 SG141 21/2d Rosy Mauve (CI) Plate 17. Watermark Orb. A very
fine mint hinged example of this key plate of this issue, with original gum. Very fresh,
well centered, and good colour. SG Cat £1700.00
Order: 12992 - £575.00
1880 SG167 11/2d Venetian Red. Watermark Crown. A very fine
unmounted mint example, with full original gum. Very fresh. SG Cat £250.00 as mounted.
Order: 12993 - £225.00
1884 SG191 3d Lilac (MD) Watermark Crown. A very fine
unmounted mint example, with full original gum. Very fresh, well centered for this
issue. SG Cat £280.00 as mounted.
Order: 12994 - £255.00
1884 SG194 6d Dull Green (IM) Watermark Crown. A very fine
mint lightly hinged example, with large part original gum.
Good colour, and well
centered for this issue. SG Cat £625.00
Order: 12995 - £195.00
1884 SG196 1s Dull Green (MH) Watermark Crown. A very fine
mint lightly hinged example, with large part original gum. Good colour, very fresh, and
well centered for this issue. SG Cat £1600.00
Order: 12996 - £425.00
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 - £99.50 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 -
1887 Jubilee SG197 1/2d Vermilion. A very fine unmounted mint
block of 4 showing a plate cut under stamp 1 row 12. Small watermark cross in the corner
positions this piece from the SW corner of the 480 stamp post office mill sheet.
Order 12951 - £29.50 SOLD
Jubilee SG197 1/2d Vermilion. A fine mint interpanneau block of 8 spanning 2 panes
of 120 stamps, unfolded in the central gutter. Watermark letter "E" visible in the left
margin, showing this piece was from the right half of the 480 stamp post office mill
sheet. 7 of the 8 he stamps are unmounted mint, one has a small bend. A scarce
Order 12952 -
The 2d Colour Trials - click
on images above for more details, and new Jubilee material being added.
Taken under Warrant 79/99 for 50 sheets in
connection with the 1900 1s, 37 trails were submitted on 21 august 1899.
13 different duty colours with green heads, and 17 different with purple heads. Perf 14
on unwatermarked gummed paper.
1871 SG103 3d ROSE PLATE 7 VERY FINE PAIR IRISH TRALEE SINGLE CDS
CANCEL (DA/DB) Watermark Spray. A very fine used pair, cancelled contrary to
regulations in Tralee by a single CDS for Feb 17th 1872. Note manuscript "7" in
place of date plug. A scarce item.
Order 12912 - £149.50
1883 SG159 3d on 3d LILAC WATERMARK CROWN SUPERB USED
CARNARVON CDS (LI) Plate 21. A superb used example, perfectly cancelled by a central
Welsh CDS for August 17th 1883. Rare so
fine. SG Cat £160.00 ++
Order 12913 - £149.50 SOLD
SG14 2d Blue (DI) Plate 3. A very fine used 4 large margin example, part next to left, neatly
struck by an Irish Galway "232" in diamond cancellation. Variety "right frame line
extends down - Dendy marshall..
Order 12883 - £39.50
1841 SG14 2d
Blue (PA) Plate 4. A very fine used 4 large margin example, large part next to the
struck late by part London CDS/duplex.
Order 12884 - £69.50
1915 SG412 De La Rue Seahorses 10s Blue. A fine used
example, neatly cancelled by a scarce London CDS for 20th March 1917 code "Z".
cancellation is only found on the 10s & £1 values of this printing and it is not known
what these capitol letters represent.
There is an article about this cancellation in
the July/August 2016 GBPS newsletter.
Order: 12880 - £275.00 SOLD
1853 SG8 1d RED BROWN RARE PLATE 177 (CF) WITH
A fine 4 margin example of this rarest of plates of the
imperforated printing of the 1d Red Brown.
Struck by a Trowbridge numeral "813"
With a BPA certificate. SG Cat £4000.00
Order: 12822 -
1841 SG15aa 2d VIOLET BLUE PLATE
4 LAVENDER TINTED THICK PAPER & NO SPECTACLES VARIETY BG/BH
In this very distinctive "violet" shade, this lovely
looking pair, has margin just cut into below BH, just
clear NW corner of BG,
otherwise good to large margins above and to the right. It
is on thick lavender tinted paper with the pinkish line around the head,
been lightly cancelled in Liverpool. A rare item from the 1851 printing. The right
stamp, lettered BH shows the "no spectacle variety" from the early printing. Spec ES16n. SG
Cat £3600.00 as singles.
Order: 12784 - £595.00
1867 SG114 10d Deep Brown (PL) Plate 1. Watermark Spray.
A very fine unused stamp, lightly hinged with full gum.
One pulled perforation
along the bottom, but this is one of the nicest looking examples of this issue we have
had for many years and is priced accordingly.
Lovely shade and extremely fresh. SG
Order: 12794 -
1884 SG181 5s
CRIMSON WATERMARK ANCHOR SUPERB USED CDS STRIP OF 3 (CB/CD)
A superb used
strip of 3, each neatly cancelled by a Manchester Telegraphs CDS for May 24th 1889.
SG Cat £750.00 as singles.
Order: 12638 - £295.00
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
JUBILEE SG204 3d PURPLE ON ORANGE PAPER MINT BLOCK OF 4 EX. HAROLD FISHER
A rare block of 4 from the famous Harold fisher collection, sold by Phillips in 1983
over 30 years ago for just under £1000.00. Extremely lightly mounted if at all, the
bottom right stamp has a small mark of adhesion, the others less. The top of the NE
is slightly "oily". On the "orange" paper, these are extremely rare in
and this one may possibly now be unique. Spec K32(3)
1855 C7 ABNORMAL 1d RED BROWN PLATE 23 VERY FINE USED
Watermark Small crown, Perf 14, Die II, Alphabet III, Blued
Paper. A very fine used example of this rare stamp, from the first few months of the
print run with Alphabet III letters.
The "P" on this stamp is very distinctive.
Neatly struck by a Scottish roller cancellation. Rare so fine. SG Cat £950.00
Order: 12437 - £575.00 SOLD
A SUPERB PAIR OF "ARCHERS"
1850 SG16b 1d Red
Brown (PI/PJ) Plate 98. A superb used pair of "Archers" perfs, watermark small crown,
perf 16, alphabet I, each neatly struck by a London Inland "11" in diamond cancellation.
Spec CE2. SG Cat £1250.00 as singles, very rare in pairs.
12330 - £895.00 SOLD
1857 C9(4) 1d VERY PALE ROSE PAIR IRISH MULLINGAR SPOON CANCEL SUPERB (SC/SD)
Watermark Large crown, Perf 14, Die II, Alphabet III, Yellowish to Cream paper. A
superb pair tied to small piece by a scarce Mullingar spoon. Very pretty.
Order: 12448 - £99.50
Scottish Isle of Mull use.
1840 SG2 1d Black (AI) Plate 4. A fine used 4
margin example from the top of the sheet, tied to entire by a red Maltese cross to
Tobermory to Inverary.
Tobermory forwarding on the reverse for January 4th 1841, a
scarce item from the Isle of Mull to the mainland to James Macdonald, a solicitor
Order: 12272 - £375.00 SOLD
SG187 WATERMARK INVERTED UNUSED - VERY RARE
1884 1/2d Slate Blue.
Watermark Crown Inverted unused. Without gum, but a very rare stamp. We have never
2 other major GB dealers of 40 years each experience each tell me they
have only ever seen one used example which is in a private collection.
catalogued at £3000.00.
Order 11930 - £995.00
1870 SG48 1/2d
Rose Red (SJ/TL) Plate 11. A very fine used block of 6, each struck by a CDS.
Order 11931 - £99.50 SOLD
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
1880-83 Crown watermark bit in sheet brass, stitched to a
calling card comprising of pairs of marginal corners and large and small crosses.
The image of the Post office Mill sheet shows the position of the crosses and corners in
the margins of the watermark. A rare item.
Order 11798 - £225.00
11/2d RED BROWN CANCELLED AND PUNCHED MINT PANE OF 6 Two of the upper stamps are hinged,
the rest unmounted. Watermark upright.
These are so often split by dealers and sold
as singles. Usual trimming perfs from the booklet along the top but scarce in a pane.
Order: 11657 - £195.00