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Displaying 1 - 20 of 65 Lots in Category - Victoria
C of A - Postage Dues
1907 Crown/Double-Lined A (Victorian Paper) ½d (hinge remainder) to 6d (a little aged) BW #D56-60 (SG D53-57), Cat $1440 (£900). Advertised retail $1500.
C of A - Postal History
1904-07 three Tatts covers to Hobart with Postage Dues Blank Tablet 2d x2 or 4d & 1906 PPC from GB with 'ALDERNEY' (Channel Islands) cds & Filled Tablet 1d tied by 'EDITHBURGH/SA' squared-circle.
1913-14 combination frankings comprising 1) PPC to Germany with NSW ½d & 1d Roo; 2) cover to Germany with Victorian ½d & 1d Roo pair; and 3) philatelic cover with Tasmanian ½d & ½d Roo
C of A - Military - World War I
BOER WAR: 1902 OAS cover endorsed "CW St John Clarke Lt/4th Battn ACH" to Victoria with 'NEWCASTLE/NATAL' cds & '1D' tax h/s, unusually routed via Sydney (b/s) where 'MORE TO PAY/1D' h/s added, at Melbourne (b/s) 'T1D'-in-oval h/s added, Victoria Postage Due 1d tied by 'HAWTHORN' arrival cds. Very scarce: the Australian Commonwealth Horse arrived in South Africa only in April 1902 & hostilities ceased on 31/5/1902.
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C of A - Postal Stationery
ENVELOPES - STAMPED TO ORDER: 1913 Kangaroo ½d green on blue stock #ES1 for The Shire of Colac, unused, Cat $400.
AUSTRALIAN COLONIES - General
STAMP DUTY: c.1940s issues for NSW ten values to £1; Queensland nine values to 20/-; and Victoria thirteen values to £1; some minor toning, unmounted.
TASMANIA - Postal History
1894 OHMS cover with the heading & 'Tasmanian Government/Railways' imprint scored-through, to Victoria with Sidefaces De La Rue strip of 3 & Local Printing 4d buff tied by four of five strikes of the rare boxed 'LOOSE/SHIP LETTER' h/s of Melbourne (b/s), folded at left, minor tonespots & repaired opening tears clear of the stamps & postmarks. Ex Roger Hosking.
1895 commercial cover to Victoria with Sidefaces De La Rue 1d pair & 2d x2 tied by two strikes of the boxed 'LOOSE SHIP LETTER' h/s of Melbourne (b/s), minor aging. Ex Roger Hosking.
1850-57 Half-Lengths Thomas Ham Original State of the Dies (Very Little Colour above 'VICTORIA') 1d dull chocolate-brown SG 1b , characteristically tiny margins except at base where a little cut-into which is compensated for by an unusually large margin at the top with a fragment of the adjoining unit , Butterfly '1' cancel of Melbourne, Cat £2500. RPSofV Certificate (2015). An attractive example of this rare stamp. [Geoff Kellow at page 32 states that the chocolate-brown shade "is about twice as scarce as the orange-browns" SG 1a, which Gibbons prices at £2250, or 90% of SG 1b!]
1850-57 Half-Lengths Second State of the Die (More Colour above 'VICTORIA')1d pale dull red-brown SG 5a, almost full margins - just shaved at right - with a fragment of the adjoining unit at left, neat Butterfly '15' cancel of Geelong, Cat £450. Unusually fine for this issue.
1850-57 Half-Lengths Second State of the Dies (Fine Border & Coarse Background) 2d grey-lilac SG 6, 3½ margins - shaved at upper right, unused, Cat £6000, RPSV Certificate (2004) states "Genuine with evidence of surface rubbing, cleaning and regumming".
1850-57 Half-Lengths Third State of the Dies (Framelines Added) 1d dull red SG 8a, almost full margins except at upper-left where a little cut-into & with the lower frameline from the adjoining unit above, tiny thin spot & an ironed-out vertical crease at right, unused, Cat £4500. Rare. Apex (2013) & RPSofV (2015) Certificates. [Gary Diffen had no unused example of SG 8 or 8a. His two unused examples of SG 9a - both with faults, Cat £4000 - sold for £1920 & £1320 respectively in November 2007]
1850-57 Half-Lengths JS Campbell & Co 1d orange-red SG 23 marginal horizontal pair [13-14] from the left of the sheet, margins just clear to huge, two bold/superb strikes of Barred Oval '2' of Geelong, Cat £280++. A beautiful & superb multiple. RPSofV Certificate (2015). [This pair came to us with a BPA Certificate (1998) as the rare "rose" shade SG 23a, Cat £1500++. This was clearly wrong. However, in the BPA's defence, this is a common error, but it highlights why Australian stamps - and especially shades - need to be expertised by people who handle them regularly. Geoff Kellow at page 51 states "The rose shade is often misidentified...Proper identification depends on paper characteristics, or the presence of known Campbell secondary flaws]
1850-57 Half-Lengths Campbell & Fergusson 1d dull red SG 26b, an unusually large example with railroad margins on all sides, Barred Oval '1' of Melbourne, Cat £110. Superb!
1857-63 Emblems essays by William Bell on a single piece of thin wove paper (70x29mm) with three die proofs in black adapted from the same Head but with two of them on a circular rather than oval field, the first of just the Head with the background too heavily engraved, the others with 'VICTORIA' and 'SIX PENCE' (lower-left corner unfinished) or 'TWO PENCE' (lower-right corner unfinished) & Small Numerals Added, a couple of insignificant blemishes. It's odd that Bell produced a 6d value when the tender specified production of 1d 2d & a new 4d denomination only: perhaps they had been prepared earlier in anticipation of new designs being required. Ex Rodney Perry and Ken Barelli. See "Stamps of Victoria" at page 108.
1857-63 Emblems 1857 Large Star 1d deep green SG 41a horizontal strip of 4, margins just touching - at left - to good, a bit soiled on the reverse & a few small defects but of generally very fine appearance, unused, Cat £1100++. A very rare strip. Ex Ken Barelli.
1857 Woodblocks Experimental Separations Rouletted at the GPO 6d orange SG 53a with full margins & rouletted at the top & right, shallow thin, unused. Rare & unpriced unused by Stanley Gibbons.
1857 Woodblocks Experimental Separations Compound Serrated 18-19 x Serpentine Roulette 10-10½ at the Top 6d orange-yellow SG 61 marginal example from the right of the sheet, extraordinarilly well centred, BN '1' cancel of Melbourne, Cat £600. Almost certainly the finest example in existence of this underrated stamp, of which only 7000 were issued: see Kellow at page 92. Ex Roland Geitenbeek. RPSofV Certificate (2015)
1857 Woodblocks Experimental Separations Pin-Perf Roulette about 10 6d dull orange , rouletted at left & right but cut from the sheet to preserve the design resulting in margins close - at the base - to large, minor soiling; tied to outer by Barred Numeral '1' of Melbourne (part-b/s of AP/1856), to London "pr Earl of Sefton", light but clear 'AUSTRALIAN/PAID/LIVERPOOL/JY16/*858/=PACKET=' cds & London arrival of the next day both in red on the face, minor blemishes & a small repair at the top of the cover. A great rarity ; unlisted by Gibbons. Ex JRW Purves, Rodney Perry and Roland Geitenbeek. Illustrated by Geoff Kellow at page 93: at page 94 he states "Several examples are known with a pin perforation gauging about 10...including two covers dated in 1856 and 1857...[They] must be classed, in the absence of any other evidence, as private and unofficial". RPSofV Certificate (2015) states "it is genuine, correctly rated and the stamp belongs".
This unusual form of separation predates by at least 18 months Calvert's official experiments of October 1857. It was almost certainly a private expedient that was clearly unsatisfactory, because any attempt to separate the stamps along such widely spaced roulettes would inevitably have resulted in damage to all units. In this case, presumably after initial attempts to tear the stamps apart had failed miserably, the sender resorted to a pair of scissors. The use of this unofficial separation is clearly analogous to Britain's Archer Roulettes - Cat £25,000 for a single mint stamp - and similar expedients in other countries. A classic Belgian cover with private roulettes - Ex Gary Kasparov - sold at auction in April 2012 for €200,000 plus commission. Admittedly, this classic Victorian cover is neither as attractive nor as valuable as the Belgian cover but it is just as rare.
1861 Woodblocks 6d black with 'SIX/PENCE' Watermark SG 102, an unusually large & well centred example, Cat £350. A remarkable example of this underrated stamp, probably because it is listed by Gibbons well away from the other Woodblock issues. Ex Roland Geitenbeek. RPSofV Certificate (2015)