Lot 1Great Britain, 1840, 1d black, plate 6, lettered DE, full o.g., clear to large margins, strong color and impression, fresh and Very Fine; with 2010 S. Sismondo certificate. Scott No. 1.
SG No. 2 £13,500 ($21,850).
A HANDSOME FAULT-FREE MINT EXAMPLE OF THE 1840 PENNY BLACK.
Lot 2 oGreat Britain, 1840, 1d black, lettered "KG", large margins to clear, intense shade, cancelled by magenta Glasgow Maltese Cross cancel; insignificant corner crease at bottom left, Very Fine appearance, scarce cancel, Very Fine appearance, a scarce cancel. SG No. 2.
Scott No. 1 $320+.
Lot 3Great Britain, 1840, 1d black, six singles, plate 4, letters AH-AI, BG-BI & NE, all with clear to ample margins, tied by red Maltese cross cancels on folded letter sheet to Birmingham; cover with reduction at left into receiving postmark on reverse, F.-V.F.; signed Holcombe. Scott No. 1.
SG No. 2 Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
A RARE MULTIPLE FRANKING OF THE 1840 PENNY BLACK ISSUE.
Lot 4Great Britain, 1848, Queen Victoria (embossed), 10d brown, clear to mostly large margins, tied by barred oval handstamp on 1851 folded letter sheet to Florence, Italy, sent via Calais and Genova with transit markings and manuscript "1.20" due upon arrival; name in address panel inked over, otherwise Very Fine, a very attractive item; with 1999 Holcombe certificate. SG No. 57.
Scott No. 6 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Lot 5 oGreat Britain, 1854, Queen Victoria (embossed), 6d purple, unusually wide margins, deep rich color, cancelled by numeral "15" grid cancel, Very Fine. SG No. 60.
Scott No. 7 $1,000.
Lot 6Great Britain, 1850's British Punch Satirical Envelope, illustration depicting Punch like characters showing events of the times, including California gold panning and Plantation owner's lying on bale of cotton and slave, addressed and hand carried with broken wax seal on reverse, Very Fine and rare.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Lot 7 ()Great Britain, 1850s Hand Illustrated & Colored Cover Front Correspondence, three skillfully rendered pen designs of Man holding Newspaper, People enjoying the Theater, and Woman sick in Bed, each bearing used 1d red single or pair, all addressed to Lady Alice Hill at Hillsborough Castle, Ireland or at Oakingham, Berks, and The Earl of Hillsborough at Dublin, Very Fine and attractive group.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 8 ()Great Britain, 1858-60 circa Hand Illustrated Cover Front Correspondence, five skillfully rendered pen designs of Woman with Baby, Man in Desk Chair on mourning cover, Man in Post Office Window, Man playing Musical Instrument and Woman Reading, all incorporating petite cut 1d red stamps ingeniously into the various designs, most appear used from London to the Bourke family in Ireland or member in London; one with small erosion hole, Very Fine for these.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 9 ()Great Britain, 1896 Hand Illustrated and Colored Cover Front, design showing Soldier, Sailor and HMS ship between on large cover from Pte. O.E. Farnell of H.M.S. Forte at Chatham Dockyard to The Art Editor of "The Regiment" at London, bearing 1d purple tied by "Chatham JU 10 '96" postmark within rope frame; edge tear at left, F.-V.F.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 10Great Britain, 1913-34, 2s6d-10sh King George V "Seahorse" issues, Waterlow printings, regular and re-engraved printings; set of 3 of each (6 stamps), o.g., lightly hinged, all well centered, strong vivid color, Very Fine.
SG No. 399/402,450-2 £2,750 ($4,450).