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De La Rue Colonial Keyplates 'POSTAGE - POSTAGE' master die proof with blank value & country tablets in black on glazed card (92x61mm) with 'BEFORE/HARDENING' handstamp at upper-right & '13SEP12' handstamp in blue at upper-left. Superb! Ex Strutt. [This design was apparently intended for the issues of multiple Colonies, but the inscription, in omitting reference to a fiscal function, was considered too limiting & it was utilised for the Solomon Islands 1913 issue only. The same design but inscribed 'POSTAGE - REVENUE' was introduced soon after and used by several Colonies]
C of A - Decimal Issues
1978 Aviators 18c Ulm with Orange-Yellow Background BW #793B marginal block of 4 from the right of the sheet, unmounted, Cat $600+. With a normal stamp for comparison. [The ACSC states "Only one sheet has been recorded...it is possible that it is a rejected trial colour inadvertently included amongst normal sheets". Our vendor advises that the original find was only a pane of 50]
NEW SOUTH WALES
1850-51 Sydney Views 1d lithographed essay by Robert Clayton in dull scarlet-vermilion on ungummed unwatermarked pelure paper, horizontal strip of 3 [13-15], margins just clear to good, minor blemishes. Ex "Manwood". [Believed to be the equal record multiple. The other strip of 3 - Ex Slade-Slade - sold for $3910 at our auction of 4/3/2006]
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1853 Laureates Plate II (Stars) 2d imperforate plate proof in dull grey-blue on ungummed unwatermarked grey paper, a vertical corner pair [1/11] from the upper-left of the sheet, margins just shaved at the base) to humungous, minor blemishes. Our vendor states that proofs of the redrawn design have not previously been recorded.
1854-59 Large Diadems 1/- progressive die proof - no inscriptions - in black on "stout card" (as described in the Robson Lowe "Encyclopaedia") 49x56mm, an exceptional impression showing the engraver's faint guidemarks. Superb & rare.
1871-1902 Crown/NSW 6d De La Rue die proof in blue on glazed card (91x61mm). Superb! [Prepared for the 1872 South Kensington Exhibition. Sir Gawaine Baillie's similar 6d proofs in lilac or green sold for $977 & $1092 respectively in 2005]
1888-89 Centennial 4d Queen Victoria & Sydney Heads essay roughly perforated corner blocks of 4 in brown or orange-red on thick ungummed unwatermarked paper, the first with the left-hand margin rejoined, the second imperforate at top. An unadopted design. Ex Jim Johnstone. [Rivett-Carnac's horizontal pairs sold for £977 at auction in 2004]
1888-89 Centennial 20/- Governors Carrington & Phillip imperforate proof block of 4 in dull violet on ungummed unwatermarked paper, large margins, characteristic minor blemishes. Ex Don Landers. [It seems that these proofs were produced as blocks of 4 only, and were not cut from larger blocks or sheets. Each block of 4 should therefore be "unique". Two similar 20/- proof blocks sold for $1150 & $1322 respectively in our auction of 29/11/2008]
1888-89 Centennial 20/- Governors Carrington & Phillip imperforate proof block of 4 in scarlet on ungummed unwatermarked paper, vibrant colour, large margins, with none of the characteristic minor blemishes. Ex Don Landers. Certainly one of the finest such items in any value.
REVENUES: 1866-75 Stamp Duty 6/- die proof in dull violet & bright ultramarine on glazed card (92x61mm), characteristic closed pinhole at each side otherwise superb.
1892-99 Tablets master die proof in black on glazed card (92x60mm) with 'BEFORE/HARDENING' h/s at upper-right & '14OCT91' h/s in blue at upper-left, additionally with three hand-drawn essays for the 10d value tablet, two crossed-through in red, the third arrowed indicating approval & initialled "HWE" (= HW Eley, the Agent-General for Tasmania in London), minor blemishes & a couple of pinholes at top where previously attached to a file; also small De La Rue colour samples in maroon & myrtle-green being the colours chosen for the 10d. An extraordinary and important proof. Ex Sir Gawaine Baillie.
POSTAL FISCALS: 1880 Platypus imperforate plate proofs with blank value tablets, in the issued colours - slate, chestnut, mauve & rosine - on gummed watermarked ('TAS' Inverted) paper, margins good to large, large-part o.g.
1880 Naish 2d die proof in dull red-purple on glazed card, reduced to a little bigger than stamp-size.
1879-96 Stamp Duty £5 hand-drawn stamp-size essay in pencil & watercolour wash on thin card, very similar to the approved version in which a number of design elements - lettering, numeral, corner & side ornaments - were changed. Ex Purves. A unique and delightful example of "art in miniature". [Illustrated by Kellow at page 234 where he states "A beautiful pencil-drawn design as adopted [sic] has survived"]
1893-1900 Makea & Torea 1½d large die proof in olive-black on wove paper (85x83mm), minor blemishes & a couple of folds well clear of the stamp impression. Ex Paul Jensen: sold for £207 at auction in 2002. [While stamp-size proofs are quite common, larger proofs such as this are rarely seen. A similar proof but in green sold for $718 at our auction of 7/2/2009]
c.1890 5/- perforated essay for a proposed definitive issue being a keyplate design in green with blank tablets and hand-painted 'FIJI' in violet & '5s' in Chinese white on violet. A beautiful item. Ex Gordon Rodger & Don Welsh.