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1860-88 Two Pence plating study in two springback albums with a separate page for each of the 120 positions on the plate, each page with an enlarged diagram indicating the features of that position, all positions represented by examples in orange (41), blue (306), yellow (862) &/or grey (175), condition a bit variable but generally fine to very fine, some postmark interest, Cat £12,500 (minimum). Ex Max Reynolds. [The lot includes a copy of "The 2d Perkins Bacon Plate 1860-88" by Brian Pope & Max Reynolds (1995) - based on this collection - in which the authors speculate that the albums are the work of Dr Harry Osborne and Frank Chadwick. Careful inspection likely to reveal many better stamps that are not reflected in the quoted catalogue value] (Qty 1384)
1861-1900 Issues attractively presented on album pages many with the watermark orientations noted including some very scarce variants, numerous better items with unused/mint including 1861 Intermediate Perf 4d vermilion x2 (both with problems), Perf 14 at Somerset House 1d x2 & 4d x2, Clean-Cut Perf 6d x2 & 1/-, Very Rough Perf 1d x3; No Wmk 1d x4 (one with Double-Tailed Swan) & 6d; 1864-79 CC Perf 12½ set and Perf 14 set; DLR 3d with 'SPECIMEN' h/s; CA Perf 14 set and Perf 12 4d; '½' on 1d blocks of 4 & 10; 1885-93 set with shades plus Plate Number '1' singles to 1/-; 1888 New Colours; good range of 1893-95 Surcharges including blocks; Wmk W[crown]A 2½d & 6d Plate Number '1' blocks of 4 etc. The used material includes 1861 Intermediate Perf 1d 6d x2 & 1/-, Clean-Cut Perf 1/- Watermark Upright x3 (one inverted); 'ONE PENNY' on 2d x6 plus a faked Triple Surcharge; CA Perf 14 2d block of 6 & Perf 12x14 1d; 'Half-penny' in Red & in Green on 3d; Wmk W[crown]A 1/- with the Watermark Inverted; etc, also 'Medical' h/s on 1d x2 & 2d x2, and fake 'O.S.' h/s on 2d; condition a bit mixed but generally fine to very fine. High catalogue value. An excellent basis for development. (Qty 300+)
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)
PRESENTATION STAMPS: 1904 collectors' set comprising DLR Crown/CA ½d 3d 4d 5d 6d & 1/- (trimmed perfs at right), W[crown]A 1d 2d yellow & 2½d, and V/Crown 2d 4d & 8d to £1, condition a bit mixed, no gum but a few very fine with large-part o.g., all CTO with concentric-circles cancels. Scarce. [Missing only the V/Crown 1d. Bill McCredie's similar V/Crown set of 10 only - also missing the 1d - sold for $1035] (Qty 19)
PRESENTATION STAMPS: V/Crown 2/- brownish red/yellow & £1 orange BW #W66ba, and Crown/A ½d 4d & 5/- all perforated 'OS', all CTO with an unidentified cds probably of the Melbourne GPO (the 'O' is obvious on all stamps; a couple also show fragments of a final 'E'), large-part o.g. Superb & rare! Believed to be from a presentation set for which there is no archival evidence.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA - 1854 "Penny Black"
Selection with unused x2 (one with margins just clear to good, the other with margins just clear to large), and used x5 with full margins - one a large stamp but with a fault at the top - including one with a fair void grid cancel in red; Cat £3575; also an unconvincing rouletted example offered "as is". (Qty 7)
PLATE PROOF: 1d imperforate plate proof in black on ungummed unwatermarked wove paper, a marginal example from the base of the sheet, margins good to very large. Superb!
ISSUED STAMPS - IMPERFORATE: 1d black SG 1, margins close to good, a little rubbed at the top, unused, Cat £1100. An attractive example of Western Australia's first stamp.
ISSUED STAMPS - IMPERFORATE: 1d black SG 1, margins just clear - at lower-right - to good, exceptional impression, unused, Cat £1100. Ex "Sovereign". BPA Certificate (2008). [Almost the equal of Dr Cecil Walkley's very fine example that sold for $1552]
ISSUED STAMPS - IMPERFORATE: 1d black SG 1, margins good to large, superb 15-bars '2' cancel of Perth, Cat £275. Superb! [One of the finest used examples we have seen]
ISSUED STAMPS - IMPERFORATE: 1d black SG 1 vertical strip of 3, margins close to good, void grid cancels in black, Cat £825+. Rare multiple. BPA Certificate (2003) mentions a "corner crease at upper-left" that neither we nor our vendor can see. [Multiples larger than pairs are rarely seen. Vertical strips are scarcer than horizontal strips]
ISSUED STAMPS - IMPERFORATE: 1d black [R2/8] with "Double-Tailed Swan" (diagonal black line extending from the bird's rump) SG 1var, close even margins except at lower-right where just shaved, minor central thin, unused, Cat £1100+. BPA Certificate (1985) states "Major Re-Entry". [The "Double-Tailed Swan" also occurred on positions R9/10 & 10/2. Dr Cecil Walkley had no unused example of the variety]
ISSUED STAMPS - IMPERFORATE: 1d black "Double-Tailed Swan" being the second unit in a horizontal pair, margins close to large, minor scissor-cut at the base between the units, the variety unit with a minor thin at the upper-right corner, superb void grid cancels in black, Cat £550+.
ROULETTED: 1d black SG 2 rouletted about 8, clear of the design on all sides, unused, Cat £3250. Rare. [The rouletting is unconvincing so the stamp is offered at a modest estimate "as is"]
REPRINTED DIE PROOFS: 1d defaced die proofs in black & in indigo on white paper, and in deep blue & in green on cream paper, large margins. (Qty 4)
WESTERN AUSTRALIA - 1855 "Penny Black"
Selection with 4d unused x5 including a possibly genuine rouletted stamp necessarily offered "as is", 4d used x6 including two with Imperial punctures, a range of shades including two identified as "deep dull blue" (one of which is defective) but treated by us as "normal" shades, 1/- pale brown unused & 1/- deep red-brown used (a little cut-into at the top; RPSofL Certificate), mostly with full margins but some just clear in places, generally fine to very fine, Cat £4475. (Qty 13)
FOUR PENCE - IMPERFORATE: 4d pale blue/blue SG 3 & 3a plated examples showing Intermediate Stone Flaws - that each appear four times on the sheet of 240 - unused x7 & used x2, and Final Stone Flaws - that each appear only once - used x5 (one cut-to-shape), mostly with full margins but a few are close in places, Cat £4000+ minimum plus a premium for the varieties. (Qty 14)