Prestige Philately Auction 119 CatalogueCOMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA - Other Pre-Decimals
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Displaying 18 Lots in Category - COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA - Other Pre-Decimals
Blocks of 4 comprising 3d Airmail commercially used (2, one with imprint, minor toning), Kingsford Smith set CTO, and 1932 Kookaburra imprint (mint). (24)
Engraved 6d Kookaburra **, 1932 Bridge 5/- with Retouch over Centre of Bridge CTO, 1928 Air 3d imprint block of 4 (3 units **), and 1963-65 Navigators 'SPECIMEN' set (the £1 & £2 are unmounted). (10)
Very fine group with Engraved Kookaburra (3), and 1927-36 Commemoratives complete (the 5/- Bridge is perfectly centred, CTO) plus extra Victoria Centenary 1/- imprint pair. (53)
1927 Canberra 1½d vertical pair Imperforate Between BW #132b (SG 105a), lightly mounted, Cat $2500 (2001); GBP2500. Ex Sir Gawaine Baillie. [ACSC states "22 pairs have been identified", of which a block of 4 is in the Royal Collection & a pair is in the Australia Post Archives]
1928 International Exhibition Kookaburra M/S tied to piece by superb but sadly forged cds.
1930 (c.) hand-painted essay (127x102mm) by Ronald Harrison of an unaccepted 2/- design of HMS "The Endeavour" in blue-green & China white on thin board (243x198mm) superimposed with a modern board frame the simplicity of which perfectly sets off this beautiful piece of art by one of Australia's most accomplished stamp designers and engravers. A major item for a Captain Cook collection. Ex Sir Gawaine Baillie. [Illustrated on the front cover of "The Harrisons of Waterlows" by Robson Lowe, a copy of which is included. The illustration there is in apple-green & fails to do justice to Harrison's work. A companion to the 3d Blue Mountains essay - illustrated on back of the pamphlet - that we offered a couple of years ago]
1931 Kingsford Smith 2d (corner fault) to 6d each with Spanish 'Esp¢â‚ ¢€¢â€ž¢¢€ ¢â‚ ¢¢â‚ Å¾¢¢â‚ ¢€¢¢€…¾¢¢â‚ ¢€¢â€ž¢¢€ ¢â‚ ¢¢â‚ â€¦¾¢©cimen' handstamp in blue & affixed to pieces from an official reference album, a couple of minor blemishes. The only such treatment of any Australian commemorative stamps that we have noted. Ex Portuguese India colonial archives. [The 'Esp¢â‚ ¢€¢â€ž¢¢€ ¢â‚ ¢¢â‚ Å¾¢¢â‚ ¢€¢¢€…¾¢¢â‚ ¢€¢â€ž¢¢€ ¢â‚ ¢¢â‚ â€¦¾¢©cimen' h/s is also recorded on several KGV Definitives]
1932 Sydney Harbour Bridge 5/- green, very lightly mounted. As fresh as they come.
1934 Victoria Centenary stamp-size composite photographic essays of six of James Berry's designs - all touched up to a greater or lesser extent with Chinese white - affixed to a single piece of thin card (164x80mm), the first design being the prize-winning entry. Ex Sir Gawaine Baillie.
1934 Victoria Centenary two differently exposed sets of seven stamp-size photographic essays including the prize-winning design & two se-tenant pairs, all affixed to a single piece of thin card (158x217mm). Ex Sir Gawaine Baillie.
1934 Victoria Centenary the original artwork for the prize-winning design in India ink & Chinese white (140x101mm) on thin card (190x143mm) & signed "James Berry" at lower-right but with his nom-de-plume "Endeavour" on the reverse. Ex Sir Gawaine Baillie. [A highly skilled drawing that bears more than a passing resemblance to the issued stamps in which an aborigine stands in place of Berry's barque]
1934 No Watermark Hermes 1/6d claret imprint block of 4, the first unit with Retouch to Upper-Left of Right-Hand Globe BW #161za, commercially used at Perth and rare thus, Cat $400 mint but much scarcer - possibly unique - used.
1938-49 Robes Thin Paper 5/- perf 'T' (characteristic blind perfs) lower-right corner block of 4, unmounted. Scarce.
1937-49 Definitives Perf 14x15 2d red Die II "Medallion Flaw" BW #188e, cds cancel. Advertised retail $125.
1941 Surcharges '2½d' on 2d with Medallion Flaw BW #222d. Underrated on the surcharged issue.
1942-50 Definitives 3½d blue Thin Paper BW #231a block of 4, unmounted, Cat $160++ (1995).
No longer available
1952 KGVI medallion-style die proof of the King's Head only in black on thin but highly surfaced paper (86x92mm) with the die number 'N2836' impressed in reverse at upper-left. Superb! Very similar to the portrait approved for the last of the KGVI Definitives, the only significant difference being the shape of the base of the neck. The circular background strongly hints at this being intended for the 1/0½d value. Ex Sir Gawaine Baillie. [Found in the effects of the stamp designer Frank Manley]
1953 Coronation set of three die proofs recessed in a single card (145x118mm), three Note Printing Branch handstamps on the reverse each dated "28-5-53". An exceptional QEII proof and a "must have" for the Coronation or Omnibus collector. Ex Sir Gawaine Baillie. [ACSC states that 8 such proofs were prepared, of which one each is in the Royal Collection and the Australia Post Archives. The recipient of this proof was Director-General Chippendall of the Postmaster-General Department]