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Displaying 18 Lots in Category - Essays
C of A - Kangaroo Issues
ESSAYS: Previously unrecorded essays with a frame that bears more than a passing resemblance to the famous Type 1 essays - see ACSC at page 2/1 - but with circular value tablets, & tiny coat-of-arms below a map of Australia that is drawn a little crudely but includes Tasmania! (which we note was omitted from the Type 1 essays), photographically reduced to stamp-size, in sepia & affixed to small cards with rounded corners 1) with vignette of "The Father of Federation" Sir Henry Parkes. [The vignettes were apparently separate pieces of art that were affixed within the map. The similarities with the Type 1 essays make it a tantalising speculation that they were drawn by the same artist. It would be unlikely, therefore, that these were submitted to the 1911 Post Office Stamp Design Competition. Our vendor recently acquired these items from a non-collector who claimed they had been in his family for generations]
ESSAYS: 2) with vignette of Edmund Barton, Australia's first Prime Minister (who resigned to become the first Chief Justice of the High Court), small fault on the backing mount at upper-right from where a staple has been removed.
ESSAYS: 3) with vignette of a magpie (the bird, not a rabid Collingwood supporter).
C of A - Other Pre-Decimals
c.1936 Pictorials 1d "WILSON'S PROMONTORY/VICTORIA" (featuring the lighthouse) completed artwork in pencil & India ink on cartridge paper (215x259mm) affixed to thin card of the same size, endorsed "Spinnacker" at base, with a stamp-size photographic reduction affixed at lower-left, minor staining at upper-left but clear of the design. This and the next eight lots are from a series of 18 designs prepared by New Zealand's most prolific stamp designer James Berry, none of which were accepted because he wasn't an Australian!̃̃The ½d 6d & 7d designs from the same series sold for $2800 each at our auction of 25/1/2003.̃̃Berry actually received an invitation from the Postmaster-General's Department to contribute to a design competition for a proposed new series of pictorial stamps. His entries were not only rejected on jingoistic grounds, they were then "misplaced" for a decade! In 1947 he finally received a letter that stated "it is felt that an apology is due to you" for having been put to "so much trouble and inconvenience" and for the entries having been "overlooked". The Post Office was all heart: they returned the entries by surface mail!
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c.1936 Pictorials 2d "PROGRESS" (diesel train & sheaf of wheat) horizontal format, endorsed "Advance" at base, minor staining at upper-left clear of the design.
c.1936 Pictorials 3d uncaptioned (surf lifesavers in a longboat) horizontal format, endorsed "Pipi" at base, with a stamp-size photographic reduction affixed at lower-left, minor staining at upper-left clear of the design.
c.1936 Pictorials 4d "SWAN RIVER - PERTH - WESTERN AUSTRALIA" (yachts) horizontal format, endorsed "Berrima" at lower-left, with a stamp-size photographic reduction affixed at base.
c.1936 Pictorials 9d "PARLIAMENT/HOUSE/CANBERRA" horizontal format, endorsed "Southern Cross" at lower-left, with a stamp-size photographic reduction affixed at base. This is the only essay autographed by the artist, signed "James Berry" in ballpoint pen at lower-right.
c.1936 Pictorials 1/- 'THOROUGHBREDS" (horses) horizontal format, endorsed "Endeavour" at lower-left, with a stamp-size photographic reduction affixed at base.
c.1936 Pictorials 1/4d "HAWKESBURY RIVER/NEW SOUTH WALES" horizontal format, endorsed "Eucalypt" at lower-left, with two stamp-size photographic reductions affixed at base, some staining.
c.1936 Pictorials 2/- "JENOLAN CAVES/NEW SOUTH WALES" (swans in the foreground) vertical format, endorsed "Mid-On" at lower-left, with stamp-size photographic reduction affixed at base.
c.1936 Pictorials 3/- "ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL/MELBOURNE" vertical format, endorsed "Phila" at lower-left, with stamp-size photographic reduction affixed at base, some very faint staining at upper-right clear of the design.
C of A - Decimal Issues
1897-1908 Figures in Four Corners 9d colour-trial pair in coral-pink on gummed Crown/Q paper defaced with a ruled line in black ink BW #Q43(E)1Be, Cat $5000+. Unissued value in this series. Ex The Chapman Collection (1920s) and Colonel Harrie Evans. [Prepared in early-1903 to comply with the new basic telegram rate of 9d, but rejected in favour of the "Uniform" 9d design proposed by Postmaster-General Drake that was adopted by only NSW & Queensland. This is therefore a very significant item for the CofA collector. Similar pairs in yellow-orange & slate-purple - one pulled perf - sold for $2875 & $3335 in our auctions of 12/5/2007 & 1/9/2007 respectively]
TASMANIA - Postal Stationery
Letter Cards: 1898 Sideface 2d "Diana Basin and St Patrick Head" plate proof [posn 5 on the plate of 6 units] in black on thin card, cut-to-size & with the fold at the base, some very minor toning on the reverse only. Rare. Ex Gene Tinsley and Malcolm Groom.
1882-85 CA Perf 12 4d colour trial in olive-green, large-part (disturbed) o.g. Ceremuga Certificate (2007) states "Great rarity as only several recorded" and, in pencil, "3 recorded and in fact probably only 3 made". [There is no example in the Royal Collection, nor was there one in any of the Chadwick, Gartner, Juhl, Basterfield or Dr Cecil Walkley collections]
British Issues: 1963 Pictorials hand-painted essays for unaccepted designs (85x57mm or 57x85mm) comprising Frangipani, Shells (3 different), Indigenous Artefacts (3) & Beach Scene, all with the text elements affixed, some minor staining/toning but very colourful and attractive. [Five similar essays from the same series sold for $506 at our auction of 7/7/2007] (Qty 8)
1935 Pictorials essays by James Berry (& others) for 10 designs most of which were adopted, set of stamp-size photographic reductions & another set in single colours of unknown provenance. (Qty 20)