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Displaying 18 Lots in Category - Papua
1940 to Sydney from Papua with Air Mail 5d tied 'SAMARAI ED/20DE40/PAPUA' d/s, sighted by Cairns Qld censor where '1/3/NOT/OPENED BY/CENSOR/2' diamond cachet applied on face, censored again with Sydney label & cachet alongside, a few blemishes. John Little records only two examples of the Cairns '...NOT/OPENED...' cachet.
1941 to Brisbane from Australian serviceman in Papua with Pictorials 4d Mother tied 'PORT MORESBY/ -5AP41/PAPUA' d/s, sender's name & unit at L/L with "Passed by unit censor/[signature]" manuscript in pencil on face, censored again in transit with '1/3/PASSED/BY/CENSOR/2' diamond cachet applied at Cairns Qld over unit censor, part back flap missing.
1941 to USA from civilian in Papua with airmail indicia endorsed "TO AUST" and Pictorials 2d Bird & 4d Mother tied 'PORT MORESBY/-3MY41/PAPUA' d/s paying 3d airmail surcharge to Australia plus 3d foreign surface rate, censored in transit with 'OPENED BY CENSOR' deep red/white label rouletted at top & '1/3/PASSED/BY/CENSOR/1' diamond cachet both applied at Cairns Qld.
British Commonwealth accumulation including Ascension, Falkland Islands with some QV issues, St Helena & Tristan da Cunha, then Nigeria & Rhodesias with a few Arms, Double-Heads & Admirals, Egypt King Farouk overprints study with varieties, Norfolk Island, Papua Lakatois x300+ mint & used, Sarawak with a few earlies, Samoa with range of 1886-1900 issues, 'SAMOA' overprints on New Zealand including QV Fiscals to £1, Admiral 3/- x2 & Arms to £2 plus small group of German Samoa noted Yachts 80pf & 1Mark used, then modern Omnibus issues with thematic appeal, also basic Worldwide A-Z collection in condition variable but many fine. Weighs 29kg.
Albums of Pacific Islands & Australian Territories with much useful Solomons, Gilbert & Ellice, Pitcairn & Fiji plus PNG, Norfolk Island (with lots of duplication), some New Guinea including Bulolo £2 & £5, Dated 'OS' mint to 2/- & Undated 'OS' 5/-, etc, condition variable
(Qty many 100s)
PAPUA: Burns Philp 'Tree House, Ekiri Village, Sogeri' real photo card to Sydney with Lakatoi 1d pink tied 'SAMARAI E.D./28SEP12/PAPUA' cds, couple of minor blemishes. Great indegenous subject.
No longer available
PAPUA - 1901-1942 The BNG & Papua Stamps Period
Neat collection with BNG to 6d used & a very fine mint 2/6d SG 8, Large 'Papua' set including used 4d & 2/6d, Large 'PAPUA' 2/6d mint x2, Monocolours & Bicolours - ex 2/6d - used, Pictorials used, 1938 Airs, 1939-41 Airs (**), etc, then a good range of 'OS' punctures to 2/6d x4 (one unused) & 'OS' Overprints (**), generally very fine, Cat £3000+.
(Qty 160 approx)
1901-41 Issues complete on a simplified basis as per Scott leaves including 'OS' Overprints, generally very fine, the 1938-41 Airs & the 'OS' set are unmounted, Cat £2700+.
1901-05 British New Guinea Watermark Vertical 2/6d black & brown on Thin Paper SG 16a, hinge remainder, Cat £600.
1907-10 Small 'PAPUA' Watermark Upright Perf 11 2½d with the Watermark Upright Reversed SG 51(var) [Pos 3], unused (no gum). [Reversed watermark varieties in this issue have been noted on the 2d 2½d 4d & 6d values. Of SG 51a(var), one used & 21 mint examples have been recorded. Despite reversed watermarks being catalogued in both the Monocolour & Bicolour series, Gibbons have not yet listed these varieties in the Lithographs]
1929-30 'AIR MAIL' Overprints Harrison Printing 3d SG 112 complete sheet of 40 with full imprint, minor overall aging & small stains from reinforcing in the margins, some toning that slightly impacts the imprint strip of 3, about 20 units are fine unmounted, Cat £2000++.
1929-30 'AIR MAIL' Overprints Cooke Printings 3d as SG 112 but in unrecorded shades of brown-black & deep dull blue-green block of 10 (5x2) from the base of the sheet with 'JCA' & 'JBC' Monograms, exceptional centring, eleven units are unmounted. Superb! Jerry Blair Certificate (2019) states "The colour is similar to that of the 3d colour error SG 98a" - which we note was from a Cooke printing - & the colour "has not been altered in any way". The colours are the same as the 'JBC' Monogram corner block of 12 that sold at the Prestige auction of 13.6.2009 for $9200.
Michael Parr, in 'Australian Stamps Professional' Vol 12 Issue 5 - copy included - stated that 5 sheets were printed "using the wrong colour", said to be SG 98a, & were retained at the printing office. Parr speculated that these sheets were used for the 'AIR MAIL' overprints, possibly as trials. In any event only a very small number appear to have survived.
1929-30 'AIR MAIL' Overprints Ash Printings 3d from a sheet folded before overprinting with '[A]IR MAIL' Vertically on the Reverse SG 114c marginal example from the left of the sheet, Cat £6500. [These errors are discussed by Ray Kelly at page 49 of his monograph. By Kelly's count, 36 stamps across four sheets were similarly affected. While some are not creased, the presence of the fold helps authenticate affected stamps by showing how the error occurred]
** Ray Kelly's in-depth discussion of the Overprint on the Reverse errors runs from page 25 to page 41 of his monograph, where all the examples he had recorded are illustrated. Our study of those illustrations indicates that the current stamp is from the block first offered by HR Harmer (UK) which is illustrated by Kelly at page 31, not page 49 as indicated in our catalogue. On that same page, he notes that only 22 stamps with this variety can exist. **
1930 Aeroplane Overprints Harrison Printings 1/- sepia & olive as SG 117 but with the Overprint in Deep Carmine, light tropicalisation as usual for this stamp. Unlisted in Gibbons. With an example of SG 120 for comparison of the overprint. [This is generally considered to have been a trial printing of 10 sheets of 40 but used examples are known]
1930 Aeroplane Overprints Harrison Printings 1/- sepia & olive with the Overprint Inverted SG 117a, a few characteristic irregular perfs, very lightly mounted, guarantee handstamps of Sanabria & Gibbons (New York), Cat £15,000. Ex 'Tatiana'. Peter Holcombe Certificate (1991).
REVENUES: 1911-15 'Stamp Duty.' Overprint on Monocolours 1d pink 'JBC' Monogram block of 6 (2x3) with the Overprint Significantly Misplaced Upwards to Appear at the Base of the upper four units and Omitted from the lower two units, well centred, the two setenant pairs very lightly mounted. Ex Evan Gill & Thomas Belknap. RPSofL (1987) & Chris Ceremuga (2008) Certificates. The latter states "...Great rarity...An amazing case...showing postage and revenue stamps se-tenant!"
POSTAL HISTORY: 1913 social usage of 1d Postal Card to Victoria with largely very fine strike of the Dutch ' * VAN LINSCHOTEN * ' ship's cachet in violet, Brisbane machine b/s of 5FEB13, unusually fine for these cards. Rare shipboard usage.
SAMOA POSTAL HISTORY
1915 usage of GRI ½d on 5pf Postal Card reply portion with (officially separated with scissors before overprinting) commercially used with 'SAMOA' on NZ ½d added & tied by 'APIA/-8MY15' cds, to "Rabaul/New Britain" endorsed "via Sydney", 'EMIL KLEHN/APIA-SAMOA' sender's cachet on back, 'Passed by Censor' cachet on face & Sydney transit b/s, minor blemishes & light corner bend. Wonderful origin/destination item.