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Displaying 13 Lots in Category - specimens
PRESENTATION STAMPS: c.1889 seriffed 'SPECIMEN' handstamp (McCredie & Kellow Type 1) on Crown/CC Perf 12½ 1/- green x2 & Perf 14 3d brown, Crown/CA Perf 14 6d lilac x3 (one with no gum), and DLR ½d & 4d; also Crown/CA 6d mauve CTO with oval-of-bars cancel; a couple of tonespots, part- to large-part o.g., Cat £1125 plus CTO 6d. (Qty 9)
PRESENTATION STAMPS: 1891 provision of stamps to the UPU for distribution comprising Wmk W[crown]A 2½d unused; V/Crown Perf 12½ 1d to £1 all CTO with concentric-circles cancels (Double Impression on the Pound); Crown/A 5d unused plus 3d 6d & 1/- CTO with Perth cds; all handstamped 'ULTRAMAR' in blue or violet & affixed to a page from an archival album, minor aging & a few tonespots mostly affecting lower denominations. Ex Portuguese India Post Office Archives and Bill McCredie: acquired for $2990. [Between 1895 & 1910, specimen stamps sent by the UPU to Lisbon were handstamped 'ULTRAMAR' (= overseas) prior to being distributed to the Portuguese Colonies. See also Lots 193 & 317]
PRESENTATION STAMPS: 1891 provision of stamps to the UPU for distribution comprising Crown/CC 3d (no gum), 6d lilac, 6d reddish lilac & 1/- bright green (no gum), New Colours 1d x3 different, 2d both shades & 4d x2 (one slurred), and DLR ½d 2d 2½d 4d 5d & 1/-, all with 'SPECIMEN' handstamp (mostly) or overprint, most with large-part o.g. & generally very lightly mounted. [More comprehensive than Bill McCredie's "set" of 12 that sold for $1207. See also Lot 166] (Qty 17)
PRESENTATION STAMPS: 1901 Federation Presentation Set comprising Crown/CA 3d brown, 4d red-brown & 6d lilac, DLR Crown/CA ½d 2d grey 2½d 4d 5d 6d & 1/-, and W[crown]A 1d 2d yellow & 2½d, condition a bit mixed, a few very fine with large-part o.g., all CTO with oval-of-bars cancels. Scarce. [Missing only the 1888 1d & 2d. Bill McCredie's complete set, with Letter of Presentation, sold for $1207] (Qty 13)
WESTERN AUSTRALIA - 1861 Printed by Perkins Bacon
PERF 14 AT SOMERSET HOUSE: 1d rose (very fine with large-part o.g.), 2d blue (pulled perf at left) & 1/- (central defect) each with sans serif 'SPECIMEN' handstamp (Samuel #GB6). Very rare. The 2d & 1/- are Ex Bill McCredie, where the 1/- was noted as a proof that was not issued.ÞÞIt was also suggested in the McCredie catalogue that the obvious faults affecting the 2d & 1/- were inflicted "apparently officially". This statement lacks credibility & is refuted by the very fine condition of the 1d.
VERY ROUGH PERF 14-16: 1d rose-carmine SG 44, superb part-strike of the 'CANC[ELLED]' handstamp used on the Ormond Hill presentation stamps, Cat £17,000 if genuine. Offered "as is". [Only two of the six examples were recorded by Peter Jaffé in "CANCELLED by Perkins Bacon", and this is not one of them. Because of the orientation of the handstamp, this stamp could not have been horizontally adjacent to either of them. However, if the two central units were single stamps then this could be one of those. That, though, would have been most irregular, and is considered to be a highly unlikely scenario. Under ultra-violet light, the handstamp is unobjectionable. However, under illuminated magnification, there are numerous flecks of blue through the black ink. This causes us to believe that the "handstamp" has, in fact, been printed onto the 1d Swan, and is thus a fake]
WESTERN AUSTRALIA - 1864-81 Watermark CC
IMPERFORATE PLATE PROOFS ON CROWN/CC PAPER: 6d single in deep (aniline) indigo-violet with the Watermark Upright with small sans serif 'SPECIMEN.' handstamp (Samuel #D5), margins just clear to large, part o.g. Ex "Koh-i-Noor" and Bill McCredie. Chris Ceremuga Certificate (2004) states "very rare".
IMPERFORATE PLATE PROOFS ON CROWN/CC PAPER: 1/- block of 4 in bright green with the Watermark Upright, margins close to good, large-part o.g. with the third unit being unmounted. Blocks are rare.
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IMPERFORATE PLATE PROOFS ON CROWN/CC PAPER: 1/- perforated single in bright green with the Watermark Upright with small sans serif 'SPECIMEN.' handstamp (Samuel #D5) applied vertically (reading downwards), cut from the sheet to preserve the design, no gum. Rare. Ex Bill McCredie. [This handstamp was used mainly for stamps retained by De La Rue for their archives]
WESTERN AUSTRALIA - 1885-107 De La Rue New Design
1885-93 Crown/CA ½d green with 'SPECIMEN' handstamp twice, large-part o.g. & very lightly mounted. Rare.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA - 1901-12 Commonwealth Period
NINE PENCE: Crown/A Perf 12½ 9d orange with the Watermark Sideways (Reversed) BW #W50Aaa (SG unlisted), CTO with Perth cds & additionally with 'ULTRAMAR' handstamp in violet, no gum, Cat $500. Ex Portuguese India Post Office Archives and Bill McCredie (part of Lot 525, with the watermark variety not identified. [The ACSC states "Stamps with watermark reversed are all cancelled-to-order at Perth in 1906. Only a few examples have been recorded"]
WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Postal Stationery
UPU Distribution Issues comprising Postal Cards 1d, 1d+1d & 1½d+1½d; Letter Cards 2d blue; Envelopes 1d 2d & 2½d, a few problems; Registration Envelope 3d size F; and Wrappers Double-Border 1d & Single-Border ½d (with Defective 'S' in 'WESTERN'); all with concentric-circles cancels, generally fine to very fine. (Qty 10)
UPU Distribution Issues Envelope 2½d blue (flap stuck) & Registration Envelope 3d brown size F (small spike-hole) both additionally with 'ULTRAMAR' h/s in blue, some spotting/toning especially on the 2½d Envelope. Ex Portuguese India Post Office Archives. (Qty 2)