Prestige Philately Auction 220 CatalogueRAILWAY STAMPS
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Displaying 1 - 20 of 28 Lots in Category - RAILWAY STAMPS
1882 ½d purple/yellow block of 4 ** plus used 3d 6d & 1/-, 1887 1d black/pale green block of 4 **, 1960s 5/- on piece from parcel tag, Decimals range including $5 two blocks of 4, Tramways Board 2d x3 3d x2 & 4d x2 plus 10c 15c & 20c, a page of unused adhesive parcel labels, and a few other oddments.
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1876 'VICTORIA/[train]/ECHUCA' (c.) ½d black, 1d green, 2d lilac, 3d yellow-orange & 6d blue, a few minor defects, unused. Very scarce. [A bit of a mystery issue as little is known of them]
1876 'VICTORIA/[train]/ECHUCA' 1d green irregular block of 5 (no margins), 2d mauve complete sheetlet of 6 (3x2), 3d orange & 6d blue large-part sheetlets of 5 (each with the upper-right unit removed), a few blemishes & light overall soiling, full unmounted o.g. Ex "The Brussells Find": acquired on 7.5.2013 for $3335 (including a 2d block of 5, disposed of previously).
Prior to the discovery of the Brussells Find in 2013, the only recorded multiples were a ½d strip of 3 - not seen for 30+ years - & a 1d block of 6. This lot establishes that the 2d 3d & 6d were printed in sheetlets of 6. The 1d was printed in sheets of 12 (3x4): the find included a block of 10. The only other multiples are a second ½d strip of 3 & a second 6d block of 5 from the same source. Thus, the 2d block is the only complete "unit" recorded]
(Qty 4 blocks)
1877 Stamp + Coupon 9d (some perf reinforcing) to 6/- IPC 1307-1312 complete, the 9d with Control Number in Blue & the 2/3d with Control Number in Larger Font, some gum-side toning that hardly detracts from the very fine facial appearance, large-part o.g. A beautiful and rare set. Ex Purves. [Absent from Ray Kelly's collection. Acquired on 17.10.2008 for $3450]
1877 Stamp + Coupon 9d (without control number) to 6/- complete with tiny 'SPECIMEN' h/s on both sections, a couple of quite insignificant faults otherwise very fine & attractive, ungummed. A set of great rarity and appeal. Ex JRW Purves. Acquired on 29.3.2008 for $3680. [The whole set is illustrated by Kellow Turner & McCredie at page 26, where they state this is the only set in private hands (in expectation that Henry Harvey's set was bought by Purves), which is almost certainly the case. Absent from Ray Kelly's collection]
1877 Stamp + Coupon 9d (without control handstamp, the coupon - which clearly belongs - has been rejoined), 1/6d (very fine) & 3/- (the coupon damaged at lower-right) all with the coupon still attached, double-boxed datestamps of Riddell's Creek (9d) or Stawell and the latter two additionally cancelled on arrival at Melbourne. Ex Ray Kelly: acquired on 1.12.2007 for $604. [The sender was supposed to retain the coupon as proof of sending. Intact examples are therefore rarely seen. The system was expensive, inconvenient & unpopular. The Riddell's Creek d/s is known used postally: for postal usage of the similar Burrumbeet d/s see Lot 333 ]
1878 (Jan) Small Format 1d green, 2d mauve, 3d blue & 6d rose-pink plus 3d 'NEWSPAPER', small faults. [In late-1877, the coupon system was scrapped, and the rates were significantly reduced]
1879 Large Format with Security Underprint Wmk V/Crown 1d to 5/- complete plus the Wmk '2' 4/- purple/yellow-green all handstamped 'Specimen' in script type (KTM Type 14), several with the Watermark Inverted, a few minor gum-creases & some very minor gum loss from being removed from the official record book to which they were formerly affixed at the top, still large-part o.g. Extremely fresh and colourful. Ex Ray Kelly: acquired on 1.12.2007 for $2530.
The 4/- & 5/- are illustrated by Kellow Turner & McCredie at page 46 where this is noted as the only set in private hands . They also state that only the 3/- 4/- & 5/- have latticed background. That is incorrect: all values have a latticed background, although it is faint on most of the lower values.
1879 Large Format with Security Underprint Wmk V/Crown 1d to 2/-, the 1d 2d 9d & 1/- have large-part o.g., the others have no gum. The values to 1/- are Ex Ray Kelly: acquired on 1.12.2007 for $483. [Just to prove that you can handle items many times over and miss the bleeding obvious: It was only when we checked Elsmore Online that we noticed that all these stamps state '...to be conveyed by the Board of Land and Works...']
1879 Large Format with Security Underprint Wmk V/Crown 3d blue/blue (minor thin at lower-left), 9d purple/yellow (minor faults) & 3/- orange/blue (minor faults), and Wmk '10' 2/- blue/pink (major closed tear at the base). Presentable examples of these rare stamps.
1879 Large Format with Security Underprint Wmk V/Crown 9d mauve/lilac (stained) & 3/- yellow/blue (superb) affixed to the reverse of 1882 card parcel tag for Moubray Rowan & Hicks (152x112mm), indistinct cancels probably of Spencer Street RS, minor blemishes. A marvellous item. Ex Les Molnar: acquired on 29.6.2012 for $748.
1882-87 New Values & Designs ½d brown-red/cream (faults), 1½d dull violet-blue, 8d lilac-purple & 10d ochre all with 'Specimen' handstamp in script type (KTM Type 14), large-part o.g. Ex JRW Purves and Ray Kelly: acquired on 1.12.2007 for $2760. [The apparently high price in 2007 was due to unused & used examples of the 1½d being very rare. In fact, we have never seen either. KTM state at page 46 that the official archival "set" are unused & that these are the only recorded examples with a 'Specimen' handstamp. Being cancelled as per Lot 281289 "...it seems reasonable to assume that these stamps, together with the earlier ones, constitute an archival [set]"]
1882-87 New Values & Designs 8d mauve/pale yellow mint with large part o.g. & used, both with minor defects, and 10d yellow-bistre/white very fine used. Rare & remarkably fine for such large stamps.
1887 Queen Victoria Black on Coloured Papers ½d to 2/- (missing the 2d), plus Colour on Coloured Paper 5d all with italicised 'Specimen' handstamp (KTM Type 24b), the 10d with Triple 'Specimen' Handstamp. The 1½d is badly defective, but the others are mostly extremely fine to superb with large-part o.g. (a few being possibly unmounted). Gorgeous stamps. Ex Ray Kelly: acquired on 1.12.2007 for $1092. [For this issue, the text "Board of Land and Works" was changed to "the Victorian Railways Commissioners"]
KTM devote 14 pages to the two sub-types of this 'Specimen' type but make no mention of its use on Railway Stamps. Given that all the other Speciimens from Ray Kelly's collection are listed, this is a curious oversight but the absence of any such issue from their listing strongly suggests that this is the only known set.
1887 Queen Victoria Black on Coloured Papers ½d on purple to 3/- on salmon (defect at upper-left) plus an extra 1/- on yellow (normally a pale tint), a few mostly minor problems but generally very fine for such large stamps, various cancellations including 'EVENING STANDARD/NEWSPAPER COMPANY' cachet on 1d, illiterate 'cASLEMANE' on 6d, double-oval 'BALLARAT/22JUN98/CANCELLED' d/s in blue on 8d & in red on the 1/- on yellow, superb 'SP STREET/8FEB95' d/s in blue on 1/- on pale yellow & two overlapping strikes on 3/-. An extremely difficult set to assemble.
1887 Queen Victoria Black on Coloured Papers ½d black/mauve over-stamped with 1902-05 1d black/pale green - torn before being affixed - plus South Australia 1885 'V R' Perf 12 ½d green & 1d green all tied by multiple strikes of a very large but largely indistinct 'SPENCER ST' cancel in blue. A truly extraordinary combination franking with all stamps cancelled in Melbourne indicating that the Victorian Railways had a stock of South Australian (and NSW?) stamps at their Head Office for pre-payment of inter-Colonial/State fees.
This is as new a discovery as we could offer. On the day the final editing was being done, a local gentleman who is "down-sizing" arrived at our office with all manner of family correspondence and artefacts. With nothing like this in Amitabh Chand's collection, we thought it would benefit all parties if we were able to squeeze it into this sale.
c.1889 Queen Victoria Colour on Coloured Papers 1d green/yellow, 2d blue/white, 2d dull blue/cream, 5d dull red/cream, 5d rose-pink/pale pink, 6d ultramaine/pink, 8d blue/blue-green, and 1/- ultramarine/pale yellow, a few mostly minor problems but generally fine to very fine for such large stamps, various cancellations including a huge oval 'GORDON & GOTCH LIMITED/MELBOURNE' cachet in purple on 1d & 'TERANG' in violet on 8d.
1902 'PARCELS STAMP' Black on Coloured Papers selection comprising ½d (very scarce), 1d x5, 3d x6½, 6d x7, 8d x3, 9d x3, 10d x2, 1/- x4 & 2/- with various shades, perfs & cancels, condition variable.
1903 'PARCELS STAMP' Colour on Coloured Papers selection comprising ½d (rare), 1d x3, 2d x6, 3d x4, 5d x6, 6d x2, 8d, 9d, 10d x2, 1/- x2 & 2/- with various shades, perfs & cancels, condition variable.
1903 'PARCELS STAMP' Colour on Coloured Papers 9d red/pale grey #1381 on reverse of makeshift parcel tag to Bendigo, dated cancel '5 12 11' in violet. Ex Ray Kelly: acquired on 1.12.2007 for $241.