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Displaying 1 - 20 of 47 Lots in Category - Great Britain
GREAT BRITAIN: Silver group with Crowns Charles II 1673, George III 1820 1821 & 1822, QV 1845 x2, 1887, 1935-65 set of 6 in presentation box, 1951 Festival of Britain x2 (purple cases) & 1972-1981 Commemoratives x4; Half-Crown George IV 1817 & 1825 & QV 1887; Shillings George III to QV (4); Maundy Money 1817 1d & 1911 3d; also USA 1889 Morgan Dollar; condition varied but mostly better grades.
GREAT BRITAIN: Gold group with 1828, 1907 & 1910 Half-Sovereigns and 1910 Sovereign, condition varied.
GREAT BRITAIN: 1979 & 1980 proof sovereigns in Royal Mint casings.
GREAT BRITAIN: 1981 proof sovereign in Royal Mint casing.
Two Schaubek hingeless albums with mainly unmounted sets, Great Britain includes QEII pre-decimals and decimals to 1990, Russia 1970-81 with a fair degree of completion from 1978, plus a few world stamps.
Carton with a basic British Commonwealth collection in eight albums, Great Britain including 1841 2d blue with part-o.g., Surface Printed array to 10/- including 10d brown corner example on piece, some postmark interest; pickings from Australia, Falklands & Dependencies, India, New Zealand etc, also numerous Omnibus mint sets with 1935 Jubilee including Falklands, Hong Kong & South Africa horizontal pairs, 1949 UPU including Hong Kong, etc.
AUSTRALIA: 1919 'FIRST/AERIAL POST/ENGLAND-/AUSTRALIA' label in deep blue with full margins, exceptional centring, very lightly mounted in the margins only, the stamp itself with full unmounted o.g., pencilled guarantee "David Field Ltd" in the margin at the base, AAMC Cat $18,000 (mounted). A gem!
C of A - Military - World War I
WORLD WAR I: 1917 PPC of SS "Mooltan" to Melbourne with KGV 1d red tied by Fremantle machine cancel of 19JUN17, message headed "No 1 Unit Mediterranean Forces AANS/Salonika AIF" & written at sea by a nurse en route to Greece. The only such item we have seen. Ex Tony Finlayson: acquired at the Prestige auction of 14/11/2014 for $506. [The British had requested Australia to send nurses to Salonica. The "Mooltan" departed Melbourne in June with 462 nurses aboard. The writer states "...some great time Adelaide, expect to get to Fremantle tomorrow...will write from Colombo..."]
No longer available
WORLD WAR II: Two albums of covers from the one correspondence to Tasmania with some better postmarks including 'MIL PO MONA VALE', 'RAAF 4103', 'RAAF 4017', RAAF POs at Parkes, Somers, Shepparton etc, a few from Cressy RAAF (Vic) but with civilian cds, '___ML___/NSW' & '___UL___/NSW' relief cds, some interest in the censor & other cachets, later period from the UK including many Aerogrammes (several with oval '466 SQUADRON RAAF/ORDERLY ROOM' d/s on reverse, some with the letters enclosed, condition rather mixed.
NEW SOUTH WALES - Postal History
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 .
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.
VICTORIA - Postal History
1860 mustard-coloured envelope to New York "Pr Columbian/via England" with Emblems 2d brown-lilac Horizontally Laid Paper SG 69 (folded over top of the envelope) plus Octagonal 1/-, very fine oval 'B MORTIMER & SON/...' cachet at upper-left (affected by a repaired opening tear), BN '1' & Melbourne b/s of JA17/60, London cds oif MR12/60 & New York cds of 28/3/1860. Despite the repaired tear, this is a most appealing cover. Carried per "Columbian", departed Melbourne 18/1/1860, arrived Port Louis 6/2/1860, arrived Suez 25/2/1860; then per "Pera", departed Alexandria 27/2/1860, arrived Southampton 11/3/1860. This was the second-last P&O homeward voyage via Mauritius. Ex Ken Barelli.
1906 PPC from Scotland to "WR Darling, Christmas Island, Straits Settlements via Singapore" with double-circle 'PENANG TO SINGAPORE/JY28/1906' transit cds and 'CHRISTMAS ISLAND/AU/1906' arrival cds. Message includes "hope you like your new island..."
1908 PPC from Scotland to "Mrs Darling, Christmas Island, Straits Settlements via Singapore" with double circle 'SINGAPORE/AU7/1908' transit cds and 'CHRISTMAS ISLAND/AU18/1907' [Proud Type B] arrival cds.
Valuable selection with 1847 Embossed 6d 10d &1/- all cut square (close), Watermark Maltese Cross 5/- rose, 10/- greenish-grey with Manchester Accounts cds, £1 brown-lilac (heavy cancel), Wmk Anchor £5 orange with two Glasgow cds (scuffed & staple holes at left), 1883 High Values 2/6d (x7), 5/- (x4) and 10/- with light registered oval, also some pre-decimal and decimal Postage Dues and other remainders, Cat £18,000+.
(Qty 28 + remainders)
Selection in small homemade album with some better items including imperf/perf 1d 'stars', Embossed 6d, 10d & 1/- all cut-square, Surface Printed to 2/-, Jubilee 5d Die I, KEVII to 10/-, KGV Seahorses to 5/-, 1924 Wembleys and Officials with QV 'I.R.' to 2½d, KEVII ½d 'ARMY', 1d 'I.R.', 'GOVt./PARCELS' & 'ADMIRALTY'.
1840 "Penny Black" 1d black six presentable examples with 3 to 3½ margins, three on piece (one with 'PONTEFRACT/FE20/1841' b/s), Cat £2250 (minimum).
1840 "Penny Black" 1d black twelve generally attractive examples all with full margins, one with an ironed-out crease, a few with minor stains, Cat £4500 (minimum).
1840 "Penny Black" 1d black three horizontal pairs, two with full margins - just clear in places - and one (noted as Plate 4) slightly cut-into at upper-right, Cat £3600 (minimum).
1840 "Penny Black" 1d black SG 2 [NG], margins close to large with a fragment of the adjoining unit at right, large-part o.g., Cat £12,500. A handsome example of the World's First Stamp. [2015 is the 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black's release on 6/5/1840]