Prestige Philately Auction 204 CatalogueVICTORIA
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Displaying 1 - 20 of 24 Lots in Category - VICTORIA
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]
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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)
1884 Stamp Statute V/Crown 4d rose with the watermark inverted (as usual) SG 222, large-part o.g., Cat £1100. Rare.
1884-96 Large Stamp Duty 3/- drab, 5/- rosine, 6/- apple-green, 10/- blue-green, 15/- brown, £1 orange x2 (one on Yellow Paper), £1/5/- pink, £1/10/- pale olive, £2 blue, 45/- mauve & £10 lilac, all CTO with large-part o.g., Cat £1240+ (without gum). Several are superb! Ex Colonel Harrie Evans: sold for $720 at the Prestige auction of 4/5/2002. [The 6/- 10/- & £1 on Yellow are dated 5DE/00; and the top five denominations are dated AP18/01]
1900 Boer War Charity 1d & 2d SG 374-5, exceptional centring, tied to a single piece by contemporary Melbourne postal cds, Cat £310. Postal usage (albeit philatelic) is much scarcer than mint or CTO examples.
1901-10 V/Crown 2d mauve plate proof on brownish cartridge paper BW #V58PP(2), corner pair, Cat $1500.
1901-10 V/Crown KEVII £1 die proof Fourth State with White Line of Collar Strengthened BW #V125DP(4) in blue on thick wove paper (70x82mm); and £2 die proof First State with the King's Beard Rounded at the Base BW #130DP(1) in blue on thin greenish wove paper (63x106mm); both are very fine, Cat $30,000 (2004). Ex JRW Purves and Rodney Perry. The KEVII High Values are Commonwealth Period issues, which supports our vendor's opinion that these are among the most significant proofs of Victoria. [The One Pound is the only recorded example. One other example of the Two Pounds is recorded]
OFFICIALS: 1905-12 Crown/A Perf 12½ £1 salmon-pink perf 'OS' BW #V127Ab (SG 431), large-part o.g., undercatalogued at $600 (£300 without perfin). Most examples of this and the next two lots are CTO from presentation/collector sets. Mint - and commercially used - examples are much scarcer, which is not reflected in the ACSC prices (2004). Gibbons have not yet listed and priced 'OS' perfins on State issues which, in our opinion, is an unfortunate shortcoming of that reference work.
OFFICIALS: 1905-12 Crown/A Perf 12½ £1 rose perf 'OS' BW #V127Cb (SG 431a), exceptional centring, characteristic rough perfs, large-part o.g., undercatalogued at $600 (£300 without perfin).
OFFICIALS: 1905-12 Crown/A Perf 12½ £2 dull blue perf 'OS' BW #V132b (SG 432), very well centred, very lightly mounted large-part o.g., undercatalogued at $1200 (£750 without perfin).