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Displaying 21 - 40 of 54 Lots in Category - Early Imperforate Stamps
1853-64 shipmail comprising 1853 "Per Harbinger" with Half-Length 3d pair, 1853 "By Steam Ship Chusan" with Half Length 3d, 1854 "pr Calcutta" with 1/- cut-to-shape, 1856 from GB "Per.../the Golden Era" with Embossed 6d, 1859 First Pre-Contract Voyage "pSalsette" with 6d, 1860 "pColumbian" with Emblems 1d & 4d pair (very pretty), 1861 "Per Jedda" (embossed 'VIA MARSEILLES') & "Per Benares" both with 3d & 6d, & 1864 per "Eureka" to United States; condition rather mixed. Ex Trowbridge: on his distinctive pages. (Qty 8)
1855 outer to Colonial Secretary's Office in Melbourne (b/s) with Queen-on-Throne 2d pair (large even margins) tied by faint but undoubted Barrred Oval '89' of Smyth's Creek rated RRRR (only two recorded) with superb 'SMYTH'S CK/[crown]/NO 8/1855/VICTORIA' oval d/s (ERD) on reverse, minor blemishes. Rare and desirable.
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1857 (Sept 14) cover to Glasgow "pr Emu" [sic] with Emblems 1d pair (3 good to large margins) & 4d all tied by fine strikes of BN '2' of 'GEELONG' (fine 'SE16/1857' b/s), London transit of 'DE7/57' in red on the face, same-day Glasgow arrival b/s, vertical filing crease. [The "Emeu" ran aground on a reef in the Red Sea & the mails were transferred to the "Madras". Peace records "I know of at least 20 twenty covers from this incident...". This is probably the finest example we have offered]
1858 (Jan 14) cover to USA with Emblems Star Watermark 4d strip of 3 and rouletted (vertically) No Watermark Emblems 1d pale yellow-green pair tied by poor BN '5' of Ballarat (poor b/s) with 'BOSTON/5Cts/MAR/31/BR. PKT.' arrival d/s also tying the 1d pair. Perry Certificate (2009). [This is the earliest recorded date of use of the No Watermark 1d pale yellow-green. Kellow at page 117 states "Only four used copies have been recorded, including the earliest known date (on cover). This shade may have been the first printed and rejected after only a few sheets were printed"]
1858 (Oct 16) cover to Scotland with Half-Lengths 3d greenish-blue SG 29a vertical pair tied by neat BN '1' of Melbourne, 'PRESTONPANS/DE10/1858' (small town east of Edinburgh) arrival d/s in blue, undamaged 'UNION BANK OF AUSTRALIA' "wafer" across the flaps, some staining.
1859-64 "Shilling Octagonal" frankings Melbourne-Geelong & Melbourne-Ballarat (pair), Melbourne- Dandenong OHMS with strip of 4, Melbourne-Brisbane (2, one OHMS with strip of 4 but one unit missing) & Melbourne-Hobart Town double-rate, condition variable. A very scarce lot. [At the time the internal rate was 4d, so at least triple-weight was required for use of the 1/- stamp on inland letters] Offered with no reserve. (Qty 6)
1860 printed cover to Switzerland with 3-issue franking of Emblems Rouletted Vertically Laid Paper 2d, Beaded Ovals 4d & Shilling Octagonal pair (faulty) tied by BN '7' of 'CRESWICK' (cancelling one stamp & fine b/s), 19mm 'REGISTERED/MELBOURNE' transit cds in red on the face, rated "1/-" in red for the postage to be credited between France & Switzerland, numerous transits including French boxed 'POIDS - CACHETS' b/s. Ex Max Watson.
1863 (Jan 24) cover to Switzerland via London (cds on the face) with Three Issue franking of Netted Corners 1d pair (fault at base of the second unit), Beaded Oval 4d & Octagonal Perf 12 1/- tied by BN '25' of 'HEPBURN' (cds on reverse), superb 'PD'-in-circle in red applied at Melbourne, very fine double-circle 'SCHIFFSBUREAU No2/LUZERN' fair Locarno & undated 'FRATO' (?) backstamps, soiled. [#Switz157 in Ben Palmer's Census] Offered with no reserve.
1863 (Dec 11) cover to Ararat (b/s) with Beaded Oval 4d tied by Melbourne duplex, the back-panel with all-over advertisement for Richard Henry Cooling (outfitter), light vertical fold & some staining on the face. A very early example of a commercial advertising cover from Victoria.
1864-77 covers with Laureate frankings comprising 1864 from Dunkeld (cds unrecorded by WWW) with superb BN '112' Original State (rated RRR); 1865 with rare franking of 10d grey; 1866 with BN '410' & 'WINDERMERE' b/s; 1868 with 2d strip of 3 & BN '52' cancels of Launceston; 1868 with Emergency Printing on Tasmanian Double-Lined '4' Paper 2d grey-lilac SG 155 strip of 3 & recut BN '249'; 1869 registered to Switzerland with rare franking of 8d orange & 1/-; 1872 with '9 9/NINEPENCE' on 10d; 1877 to GB with rare franking of V/Crown 8d lilac-brown/pink Perf 13 from Printing Group 2 + 3d orange; 1877 with 4d & 1/- indigo/blue; condition variable but a very desirable lot. All Ex Nick Holness. (Qty 9)
1875 OHMS entire headed "Strathloddon" to Melbourne with Laureate 1d only tied by Castlemaine cds. Superb! [Advising of appointment of a 16yo "pupil teacher" to the Pennyweight Flat school. Pennyweight Flat was on the Castlemaine Diggings, & the site of a heritage-listed children's cemetary]
1854 (Nov 13) part-entire to England endorsed "Overland via Southampton" & signed "George Walpole Leake" with "Penny Black" x2 horizontal pairs (one very fine, the other with a couple of faults) paying the 4d shipletter rate to anywhere in the world, early usages of the Void Grid cancel & 'PERTH/ 13NO13/1854' Maltese Cross d/s, professionally repaired at right. A very attractive "Number One" cover. Ex Gundacker. The "Penny Black" was issued 1/8/1854, and 1854 frankings are thus both very scarce and most desirable. Leake was one of the most prominent settlers. He arrived at the Swan in 1829; was the first magistrate appointed; a founding director of the Bank of Western Australia; an original nominated member of the Legislative Council; etc etc.
1854 cover "Per Madras Steamer" with NSW Laureate 3d for shipletter to an adjoining Colony & rated "4" for an inwards shipletter; & 1857 linen-lined cover "Per Emu via King G Sound" with NSW Diadem 1/- for triple-rate shipletter paid to destination; both to Bartholomew Urban Vigors (Acting Advocate- General of WA) at "Perth/Swan River", a few faults. A very scarce destination. Ex Brian Peace. (Qty 2)
1856 envelope from GB with Embossed 6d (cut-square & very fine) to "Perth Swan River". The addressee, Anthony O'Grady Lefroy, arrived at Fremantle in 1832 & in 1849 became private secretary to Governor Fitzgerald. He later served as Colonial Treasurer for 34 years.
1867 homemade mourning cover to England "via Marseilles" with 2d yellow pair & 6d violet tied by Perth duplex, London transit cds in red on the face & 'BRIGHTON' arrival b/s, repaired flap. Very colourful.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Postmarks
Fremantle: Void-Grid '11' very fine on Litho 4d blue (good even margins); 15-bars '8' superb on Litho 4d blue (good even margins); 9-bars '8' fine on 6d violet; & 'F'-in-bars fine on 1888 4d. (Qty 4)
Fremantle: '[crown]/REGISTERED' superb strike on Litho 1/- pale brown (3 good margins). Stated to be the type used at Fremantle.