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THOMAS HAM PRINTINGS: Original State of the Dies (Virtually No Colour above 'VICTORIA') 1d orange-brown SG 1a, margins close to large except at upper-right where a little cut-into, ironed-out vertical crease at right, Butterfly '15' of Geelong, Cat £2250. A rare stamp.
THOMAS HAM PRINTINGS: Original State of the Dies (Fine Border & Fine Background) 2d as SG 2 but in a deep rich red-lilac shade, margins just touching to large, light Butterfly '19' cancel (rated RR) of The Leigh, Cat £1000+. An extraordinary shade, quite unlike any other Original State 2d we have seen. One of the gems of the collection.
Absent from Gary Diffen's collection. John Barwis had an example described as "lilac-rose", stated to be a discovery by JRW Purves, of which only six examples have been recorded. Based on comparison with the Barwis catalogue, this stamp does not appear to be the same shade, and it certainly does not conform to the descriptor "lilac-rose". The Barwis stamp sold for £2880.
THOMAS HAM PRINTINGS: Fourth State of the Dies (Coarse Border And Background) 2d red-lilac SG 15 , striking deep shade with margins close to large and with a fragment of the adjoining unit at left, Butterfly '38' (rated RR) of Warrnambool in blue (as always), Cat £325.
CAMPBELL & FERGUSSON PRINTINGS: 3d greenish blue SG 29a horizontal interpanneau strip of 4, margins just clear to large, the third unit with ironed-out vertical crease, light soiling, Barred Oval '18' cancels of Portland, Cat £220++. A very rare multiple.
ENGRAVED BY THOMAS HAM: 2d reddish brown SG 18 strip of 4 [U-X to Y-B] Pos 45-48, margins close to large, small fault at upper-left & scissor-cut between the first two units (not affecting either stamp), lightly cancelled with indistinct Barred Ovals most unusually in red & believed to be ''6' (rated RRR) of Barwon/Winchelsea. A rare & attractive multiple. Ex Dale-Lichtenstein: part of Lot 249. Geoff Kellow at page 66 states "...strips and blocks are rare", highlighted by the fact that Jim Johnstone's largest multiples were two pairs, one creased, the other on cover]
1855 outer to GB "Per True Briton" with Woodblocks 6d pair (full margins but creased) tied by BN '10' of Warrnambool, largely fine 'SHIP LETTER/FREE/SE*1/1855/WARNAMBOOL VICTORIA' cds (note spelling) & Melbourne transit b/s, Hull arrival b/s of DE9/1855 in blue, repaired opening tear; and part-entire from Sydney "pr steamer/Wonga Wonga" with Laureates 2d x3, to "Belfast/Port Fairy" with light but clear 'SHIP LETTER/FREE/DC27/1855/BELFAST VICTORIA' arrival b/s
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1864 stampless OHMS entire endorsed "Post Office/Echuca 10-8-64" at lower-left with very fine BN '40' and 'ECHUCA' b/s. Superb! From 3.8.1864, OHMS mail was exempt of postage, provided a Frank stamp was impressed thereon. Probably no envelopes with PMG Frank had been received at Echuca at this early date.
1895 OHMS cover with printed 'MINISTER OF LANDS AND SURVEY' Frank & endorsed "L Colony" at lower-left, to Melbourne with very fine 'LEONGATHA/MY8/95/VICTORIA - 1592' duplex. The "Labour Colonies" of the 1890s were a little-known social experiment during the major economic depression of the 1890s. Most were run along charitable lines but the largest & most successful of them, at Leongatha, was "intended to fit men for a social order in which they hadn't had enough spunk to succeed and to which they were, in consequence, a menace" (from a book on the subject by REW Kennedy). This is the only Labour Colony item we have seen.
Selection of mostly Classics with Butterflies '4' (rated RR) x2, '10' (RRR), '19' (RR), '22' (RR), '23' (R), '30' (R) & '33' (R); Barred Ovals '21' (R) , '24' (R), '27' (RRRR), '28' (RR), '36' (R), '44' (R), '47' (RR) x2, '57' (RR), '63' (RR), '103' (RR) & '107' (RRR); Barred Numerals 1st Type '49' (R), 1st Type '57' (RR), 1st Type '84' (RR, on 1858 cover), 1st Type '85' (RRR), 1st Type '163' (RR), etc, mostly fine to superb strikes, many better stamps including Half-Lengths 1d x16 including two pairs & strip of 4 and 2d x10, Emblems Imperf 1d strip of 4, 1/- 'REGISTERED' x2, Laureates 8d orange x3 (!), and Stamp Duty 5/- maroon/yellow. A very good lot that would enhance even the best of postmark collections.
(Qty 80 items)
BUTTERFLIES: Examples on Half-Length frankings comprising fine '7' (rated RR) on 2d & light 'MAIDENS PUNT' b/s on outer; '17' (R) two very fine strikes on 1d x2 & poor 'LAKE COLAC' b/s on large piece; '23' (R) very fine on 1d pair on cover with fine 'BURN BANK' b/s; and good '31' (R) on 2d & poor 'THE GRANGE' b/s on outer; also stampless OHMS outer with superb 'WILLIAMS TOWN' & largely fine '48' in red.
BARRED NUMERALS: 1st Type '112' very fine strike on 1867 cover with Laureates 2d pair & 4d, 21½mm 'DUNKELD' (the later of only two recorded examples) and 'BALMORAL' arrival b/s, repaired flap fault and small peripheral tears. Rated RRR. [Goldmining]
CROWNED OVAL DATESTAMPS: 1850s-1860s group including very fine 'AMHERST' on 1861 part-entire, part-'AVOCA' on 1859 cover to Prussia, very fine 'BALLAN' error '1855' for '1856' on outer, very fine 'BALMORAL' on 1860 cover, 'BEECHWORTH' on 1858 cover, 'BUNINYONG' on 1859 cover to GB, 'BUNNENYONG' arrival unusually on face of 1853 outer, 'CARAMUT' on 1860 entire & on face of 1865 entire, very fine 'CARNGHAM' on 1861 cover, very fine 'CERES' on 1865 OHMS wrapper with 'COMMR OF PUBLIC WORKS' Frank, very fine 'CHEPSTOWE' on 1856 cover, fine 'CHUTON' error on 1857 cover, 'COLAC' on 1859 entire, 'COLERAINE' on 1861 cover with oval 'WYNDHAM' b/s, '---- COLLINGWOOD' ('EAST' excised) on 1864 cover, 'DIGBY' on 1859 cover, 'DONNYBROOK' on 1857 OHMS outer, very fine 'ELEPHANT BRIDGE' used after name change to Darlington on 1863 outer, 'ELTHAM' on 1861 cover, 'EPSOM' on 1859 outer, 'FIERY CK PGF' on 1857 cover, 'FRYERS CK' on 1855 cover, small 'GEELONG' on 1858 entire, very fine 'GISBORNE' on 1852 outer, 'HAWTHORNE' (note spelling) on 1861 cover, fine 'HEATHCOTE' on 1860 outer, fine 'HEPBURN' on 1856 cover, very fine 'KANGAROO FLAT' on flapless 1861 cover to Switzerland, 'KILMORE' on face of 1852 outer, 'LINTON' on face of 1862 entire, fine 'MALMSBURY' (no 'E') on 1865 cover (the only recorded example), very fine 'MALDON' on 1861 entire, fine 'MINERS REST' on 1858 cover, framed 'MOUNT MACEDON/PORT PHILLIP' on 1853 entire, superb 'MT BLACKWOOD' on defective 1856 outer, fine 'MUSTONS CREEK' on 1852 outer, 'PLENTY' on 1856 outer, 'ST KILDA' after name change from Windsor (1) & 'PORTLAND' arrival on 1859 cover, 'SANDRIDGE' on 1858 cover, very fine 'SCHNAPPER PT' arrival & 'TARRADALE' on 1859 cover, fine 'SEYMOUR/PORT PHILLIP' on 1851 outer and 'SEYMOUR/VICTORIA' on 1857 entire, 'WANGARATTA' b/s on 1855 cover, 'WARNAMBOOL' (note spelling) on face of 1853 outer with light but fine 'PORT FAIRY' also on the face & 'FIERY CREEK' arrival b/s, 'WARRINGAL' on 1863 cover, superb 'WILLIAMS TOWN' on 1854 outer, 'WINCHELSEA' on 1863 outer & in red on 1856 part-entire, 'WOOLSHED' - the only recorded example - on 1864 entire (stamp excised), and a few others including pieces with very fine 'MOUNT ALEXANDER', superb 'PORTLAND', superb 'SANDHURST' & superb 'WHROO', many are record dates, condition variable. A remarkable assemblage that would form the basis for a major study.
(Qty 55 + pieces)
CROWNED OVAL DATESTAMPS: 'CHUTON/NO*7/1857/VICTORIA' (spelling error; ERD) very fine b/s on cover to England with rare franking of Woodblocks 6d orange with Serpentine Rouletting SG 58 (Cat £180 x2+) tied by fine BN '145' (original state; rated RR). Chewton PO 8.9.1857: Goldmining. [Only three examples of the misspelled datestamp are recorded, between NO*7/1857 and JA*12/1858 only]
ATTORNEY-GENERAL: Die 2 (Coat of Arms 13mm high) printed in blue on 1900 lettersheet with Master-in-Lunacy's Office imprint in the same colour (S&W #L20), folded to 94x61mm with very late usage of "killer" '1' of Melbourne & 'CAULFIELD' arrival b/s, minor faults. Rated RRR+, which must be an error because this is not just the only recorded example of this item but the only example of Die 2 printed in blue. Illustrated at Colour Plate A.
CHIEF SECRETARY: Die 1 ('FRANK STAMP' at base) h/s superb strike in blue on tiny envelope (104x60mm), poor BN '201' of Toorak, repaired flap tear. (S&W #E10). The smallest recorded franked envelope.
CHIEF SECRETARY: Die 1 h/s in blue on Police Department envelope endorsed "Officially Registered/supposed to contain coin" with "killer" '1' of Melbourne & 'REGISTERED/FE3/65/MELBOURNE' cds in red, superb '["6d"]/MORE TO PAY' handstamp (S #E1770). Ex Hans Karman: acquired at the Charles Leski auction of 24.3.2004 for $3105. A remarkable item: registration fees were payable on franked mail only between 3.8.1864 & 31.7.1865. This item helped bring about the change. [Illustrated at page 22]
CHIEF SECRETARY: Die 5 (2mm arcs at sides) in black with 'QUARANTINE STATION/Point Nepean...' imprint at lower-left (S&W unrecorded), to Melbourne unusually with 'QUEENSCLIFF/AU29/90/VICTORIA - 70' duplex. [At this time, there was no post office & the mail was apparently taken across Port Phillip Heads & posted at Queenscliff. Point Nepean PO 1.4.1859; closed 1.1.1865. Quarantine Station PO opened 1.2.1898]
CHIEF SECRETARY: Exhibition envelopes etc with various dies 1) with 'INTERCOLONIAL EXHIBITION 1866' imprint at top (S&W #E1190; the only recorded example), a little soiled; 2 ) with 'OFFICES OF THE/Commissioners of the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880/...' imprint with all printing inverted relative to the knife of the envelope (#580), unused & very rare thus; 3) with 'Centennial International Exhibition, Melbourne, 1888' imprint at L/L (#360), part-strikes of the 'EXHIBITION' duplex & cds on the reverse; 4) ditto, long envelope (#E400), light vertical fold; 5) 1897 with 'THE EXHIBITION TRUSTEES/...' imprint at L/L (Ex Carl Stieg but not in the census: Hans Karman's example sold for $414); 6) 1893 wrapper with 'OFFICES OF/THE EXHIBITION TRUSTEES/...' imprint at L/L (#W110; the only recorded example), to New Zealand, faults but presentable; and 7) 1880 parcel label with 'MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION, 1880' imprint at top (unrecorded in the census), to Germany with very fine 'MC/97' & part-'EXHIBITION/NO29/80/VICTORIA' cds, soiled & repaired along central fold. A rare & desirable group.
COMMANDANT LOCAL FORCES: Light strike in dull blue on envelope with 'HEAD QUARTERS/Victoria Barracks' imprint at L/L & embossed crest in red on the flap (S&W #E30), 'EMERALD HILL/MY22/82/VICTORIA - 148' duplex, minor defects. Rated RR. [The embossing in red is actually superimposed on colourless 'VICTORIA/[crown]', the only such double-embossed flap known to us]
COMMANDANT LOCAL FORCES: Very fine strike in dull blue on envelope with 'CAPT COMMANDING/ST KILDA ARTILLERY' imprint at L/L (S&W #E20), 'PRAHRAN/MY2/83/VICTORIA - 69' duplex, minor opening fault on reverse otherwise superb. Rated RR. The only recorded item for this user.