Prestige Philately Auction 169 CatalogueLot 438Catalogue by themeEarly Imperforate Stamps
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Displaying 1 - 20 of 69 Lots in Category - Early Imperforate Stamps
Mostly Australian Colonies with Victoria imperf 1/- Octagonal on piece with 'ATHY' (Ireland) cds in green beneath, 1858 & 1860 covers with rouletted Emblems 4d or 2d x2, Laureates including 1864 & 1865 covers with single 4d, Late Period 1878 Drab Paper 1d, Stamp Statute to £1 & Stamp Duty to £2, NSW with opt 'OS' to 1/- *, Tasmania, Western Australia, also Great Britain 1d black (full margins), Antigua, New Zealand perforated Chalons, etc, mixed condition. (Qty few 100s)
C of A - Postal History
Pre-decimal covers including 1917 KGV 1d & 2½d Roo tied by 'LATE FEE RLY STN' cds, 1934 5d Registration Envelope to Hawaii uprated with KGV 1d Engraved, 1941 censored airmail to New Zealand with 5d Ram pair, 1942 Wollongong airmail to Melbourne with a rare solo franking of 5½d on 5d Ram, 1953 to California with Tasmania Sesqui 2/- pair; also NSW 1840 pre-stamp entire to London; mixed condition. (Qty 8)
AUSTRALIAN COLONIES - General
Predominantly South Australia with Imperfs London Printing 1d dark green (3, two with full margins), 2d rose-carmine (9, including two pairs) & 6d deep blue (5, including a pair & two singles with full margins), Adelaide Printing 1/- orange, Rouletted 1858-59 1/- orange, 1860-69 10d on 9d orange-red, 1867-70 Perf 11½-12½xRoulette 10d on 9d yellow pair (pre-printing paper fold), Perf 11½-12½ 10d (in blue) on 9d, Perf 10 3d (in red) on 4d, also Queensland Imperf 1d crudely separated at top with a fragment of adjoining stamp at left, Tasmania 4d Courier cut square (small tear at base) & Western Australia 1d black, mixed condition. (Qty 55)
NEW SOUTH WALES
1850-51 Sydney Views Plate I (No Clouds) on Bluish Paper 1d pale red SG 5, good even margins, fine BN '55' of Newcastle, Cat £425.
1850-51 Sydney Views Plate IV (Double-Lined Bale & Circles in Stars) 2d Prussian blue SG 32  from the top of the sheet, margins good to huge with outer framelines except at right, bars cancel of Sydney, Cat £150. Superb!
1850-51 Sydney Views Bluish to Grey Wove Paper 3d yellow-green SG 42, ironed-out horizontal crease; and 3d emerald-green SG 43; both with good even margins, Cat £450. A very attractive pair.
No longer available
1851-52 Laureates Thick Yellowish Paper 1d carmine SG 44, margins just clear to good, rich colour, indistinct but light cancel, Cat £250.
NEW SOUTH WALES - Postmarks
BARRED NUMERALS: '94' of Eden very fine strike on Diadems 1/- SG 101 (margins just touching - at upper-right - to huge, Cat £80). Rated RRRR.
BARRED NUMERALS: '107' of Dundee light but very fine strike on Plate II 1d gooseberry red SG 10 (margins close to good, minor corner crease at upper-right, Cat £500). Rated RRRR. [The post office opened on 1/1/1852, by which time the Sydney Views had been generally replaced by the Laureates. Rather similar to Hugh Freeman's example that sold for $719 in our auction of 23/8/2011]
1854 entire letter - without cover - headed "Myall Creek 9th August 1854" and signed "R Hetherington" in which he relates the difficulties of reaching Gladstone by land "...I am told we are just now 200 miles from Gladstone...I shall be there in 18 days"; also a letter headed "Brisbane 9th June 1856" & similarly signed. [Richard Hetherington was Gladstone's first mayor, and postmaster from 1857. In 1870, he died while delivering mail aboard a ship when he fell into the ship's hold: a newspaper notice of his death is included. Myall Creek PO opened 1/8/1854 - so this was a VERY early letter from there - and was renamed Dalby c.1858. No Myall Creek postmarks have been recorded]
1854 envelope to "Bonshaw/Frasers Creek" [sic] endorsed "via Drayton/& Tenterfield" and also "The Postmaster at/Gayndah will please/forward to Drayton", Laureates 1d vermilion pair (faults) with lousy cancels of 'GLADSTONE/NSW' (bold b/s), poor 'GAYNDAH/NSW' b/s & fine oval 'DRAYTON/NEW.S.WALES' transit d/s on the face, also with Armidale & Tenterfield transit b/s, some soiling but quite presentable. A rare cover, with part (undated) cross-written letter within. Drayton PO renamed from Darling Downs 1848; Gayndah PO 1/1/1850; and Gladstone PO 1/7/1854. [The NSW PO at Frazer's Creek opened 1/1/1853. There was no PO at Bonshaw until 1866]
1855 similarly addressed cover (without the instruction to the postamster) with Laureates 1d vermilion pair (poor) with lousy cancels and unusually with rare postmaster's endorsement "Gladstone Febry 23rd 1855" on the flap, backstamped with fine 'DRAYTON/NSW' cds, poor Armidale cds & fair strike of the rare 'BYRON/NSW' 28mm cds (unrecorded by Hopson & Tobin: see also Lot XXX under Great Britain), minor soiling & spotting. Another very desirable item. [With enclosed letter headed "Nether [?] Gill/Port Curtis 13th Feby 1855" signed "R Hetherington"] Port Curtis was chosen in 1846 as the site for the "capital" of the proposed colony of North Australia, comprising the entire area north of Gympie, west to the Western Australian border! An ill-conceived settlement was abandoned after three months, when word arrived from London that the anticipated influx of convict labour would not be eventuating. The new colony was still-born. It was only in 1853 that the town of Gladstone was founded at Port Curtis.
1855 entire signed "R Hetherington" with Laureate 2d tied by poor cancel, postmaster's endorsement "Gladstone 23rd Oct 55", light but discernible backstamps of Drayton, Warwick (28mm), Glen Innes, Tenterfield, Armidale & Dundee, minor blemishes.
1856 outer with enclosed letter signed "R Hetherington", Diadem 2d tied by poor cancel, backstamps comprising bold 'GLADSTONE/NSW', 'GAYNDAH/NSW', oval 'DRAYTON/NEW.S.WALES' & rare 22mm 'WARWICK' cds (without 'NSW' at the base) plus oval 'TENTERFIELD/NEW.S.WALES', minor blemishes. An excellent combination of Moreton Bay District datestamps, the Warwick cds being a type not recorded by Hopson & Tobin.
Small Chalons collection on Hagners including Imperf 2d blue SG 2 (very attractive but expertly repaired) & 6d green SG 3 (four margins but with a horizontal crease), 6d SG 6 (4), 6d 'REGISTERED' SG 11 (2), 1/- slate-violet SG 19, later duplicated array to 1/-, condition variable but generally attractive, STC £5000+. (Qty 120)
QUEENSLAND - Postal History
1864 cover front to France with very scarce three-colour franking of 1d vermilion (faults), 3d brown & 6d apple-green, poor cancels, two strikes of the 'POSS ANG V SUEZ/MARSEILLE' cds & 'PD' h/s both in red, the 3d tied by 'PAYS ETRANGER/MARSEILLE' cds also in red, minor soiling. Ex Hugh Campbell.
1855 London Printings 1d dark green SG 1 horizontal pair, margins shaved to close/good, minor thinning, lightly cancelled, also 1858 1/- orange SG 12 pair uneven cut-into to large margins, dumb cancels of Adelaide in blue, Cat £1800+. (Qty 2 items)
1855 London Printings 6d deep blue SG 3 in combination with Adelaide Printings 1d deep yellow-green SG 5 & 2d red pair SG 9, all stamps a little cut-into but very attractive, dumb cancels of the GPO, Cat £790+.
1856-58 Adelaide Printings 1d deep yellow-green SG 5, margins good to large with a fragment of the adjoining unit at right, lightly cancelled, Cat £550. RPSofV Certificate (2011) states, somewhat perversely, "ink marks on reverse having been cleaned".
1868-79 Perf 11½-12½ '3-PENCE' in Black on 4d Prussian blue SG 66, strong colour but poorly centred & a little aged, Cat £850. RPSofV Certificate (2001).