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Displaying 1 - 20 of 71 Lots in Category - Early Imperforate Stamps
NEW SOUTH WALES
1850-51 Sydney Views Plate I (No Clouds) Hard Bluish Paper 1d pale red SG 6 horizontal pair [19-20], margins just touching - at upper-right - to large, BN '46' of Gundagai, Cat £950+.
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1851-63 Laureates Thick Yellowish Paper 1d carmine with No Leaves to Right of 'SOUTH' SG 44a, margins just clear to large with a fragment of the adjoining unit at right, fine strike of BN '64' (with Reversed '4') of Maitland well clear of the variety, Cat £500. A premium-grade example of the variety.
NEW SOUTH WALES - Postal History
1850 outer to London with a very fine example of Sydney Views 3d yellow-green/yellowish paper SG 39 [14; excellent colour & large even margins] tied by bars cancel, light Sydney cds of OC*14/1850 in red alongside, poor London arrival b/s, horizontal filing fold at the base & faults on the reverse, pencil-signed by "W Balasse" & "AD" (Alberto Diena). The stamp is graded "A" & is quite exceptional for a 3d on cover.
1866 cover endorsed "Per SS Hero via/Torres Straits Batavia/& Marseilles", to Nottinghamshire with Perf 13 8d red-orange SG 167a (and a 2d stamp lost) tied by Sydney duplex of '66/JY31', fair 'WORKSOP/OC30/66' arrival b/s, repaired flap faults. A great rarity of maritime mail.
Hero was diverted from a Sydney-New Zealand service to succeed "Souchays" on the experimental Torres Strait service between Brisbane & Batavia, thence to Europe. Her first departure from Moreton Bay was scheduled for 4/8/1866. However, the propellor shaft seized & she had to be beached for repairs, finally departing 20/8/1866 & missing the French mailboat at Batavia. Colin Tabeart at pp367-8 states the only recorded cover endorsed for this service was dated at Sydney -/8/1866 with a Worksop arrival of OC21/66 indicating carriage from Sydney per P&O "Massilia", departed Alexandria 5/10/1866; arrived Southampton 20/10/1866.
The cover here - almost certainly from this same correspondence - arrived 9 days later . Our assessment is largely in line with Tabeart's reasoning: carried per "Hero" to Batavia, arriving 8/9/1866; then Dutch ship "Minister Franzen van den Putte" departed Batavia 15/9/1866, arrived Singapore 19/9/1866; then per French ship - probably in a closed bag - arriving Marseilles 28/10/1866. Colin Tabeart suggests carriage from Singapore per P&O but the extension dates from Galle do not conform to that theory. What is clear is that this is the first cover to be recorded per "Hero" via Torres Strait .
1860 Large Star Imperf 1d carmine-rose SG 1, large even margins with full outer framelines, rich colour, indistinct Barred Numeral cancel, Cat £800. An unusually large & attractive example of "Number One".
1868-78 Crown/Q Perf 12 4d yellow First Transfer SG 102, unusually well centred, a couple of minor blemishes, unused, Cat £1400. A very scarce stamp in unused condition.
1880 High Value Lithographs 2/- blue SG 119 horizontal pair, the second unit with a minor thin, large-part o.g., Cat £280+.
QUEENSLAND - Postal History
1874 neat cover to Yorkshire "via Sydney/& San Francisco" with 3d greenish grey & 6d yellow-green tied by 'BRISBANE/ 2 /JA14/74/QUEENSLAND' cds, 'WHITBY/MR10/74' arrival b/s, piece of the flap missing. Carried per "City of Melbourne", departed Sydney 17/1/1872, arrived San Francisco 17/2/1874; "Russia" departed New York 25/2/1874, arrived Queenstown 8/3/1874.
Classic selection comprising London Printings 1d with almost full margins, 2d a very large single & a strip of 4 with almost full margins and 6d single & pair all with full margins; Adelaide Printings 2d x2, 6d (small corner nick) & 1/- orange (apparently the imperf issue); Second Roulettes 1/- yellow; and 'TEN PENCE' in Blue on 9d yellow four of six different positions of the overprint; a few small problems but generally very fine.
1856-58 Adelaide Printings 1d deep yellow-green SG 5, margins close to good, 'PAID/ADELAIDE GPO' cds in blue, Cat £550. Ex Michael Haden.
Sent to Peter Trahar for vewing. He will purchse if acceptable 19/05/2016
1856-58 Adelaide Printings 1d yellow-green SG 6, margins close to good, unused, Cat £8500. A beautiful example of this rare stamp: only a handful of unused examples across both shades have been recorded. [Michael Blake's slightly larger example sold at the Prestige auction of 7/2/2014 for $9200]
1856-58 Adelaide Printings 1d yellow-green SG 6, margins just shaved - at lower-right - to huge with a fragment of the adjoining unit below, neat void cancel of the GPO, Cat £650. An unusually fine example of this scarce stamp.
1860-69 Second Roulettes 4d dull violet SG 27, remarkably well centred with the rouletting clear of the design on all sides, large-part o.g., Cat £140. A premium example.
1860-69 Second Roulettes 'TEN PENCE' in Blue on 9d orange-red SG 35, unused, Cat £425.
1870-71 Perf 10 '3-PENCE' in Red on 4d dull ultramarine SG 91, one short perf at the top, large-part (brown) o.g., Cat £1200. A rare stamp. [Dr Donald Pearce stated in "Shilling Violet" (Dec 1991) that "discolouration of the paper...is the norm". Michael Blake's unused example - no gum & a little aged - sold for $1380]
Mostly used range on Hagners with some postally used Chalons, handy lot of Sidefaces, Pictorials to 6d x9 (one mint), perfins including 'T' on 1899 5d & 6d and 'OS' on 4d & 5d, postal fiscals & revenues group, etc, condition very mixed, some postmark interest.
1853 Couriers Medium Soft Yellowish Paper 1d pale blue SG 1, three good to large margins & just touching the outer frameline at the top, skilfully ironed-out crease, a bit grubby, Cat £9500. A very rare unused "Number One". BPA Certificate (1958).
1853 Couriers 4d Plate II reprinted complete sheet of 24 (6x4) from the defaced plate in yellow-orange, 'Printed by H&C Best' and 'CW Coard Sc' imprints at the base. Ex Wise (1951).
1855 Chalons Wmk Large Star 2d imperforate plate proof block of 4 in black on ungummed unwatermarked wove paper, margins close to good, ironed-out creases. Blocks are very scarce.
1856-57 No Watermark 2d dull emerald-green SG 20, margins just touching - at lower-right - to good, ironed-out vertical crease, BN '60', Cat £900.