Lot 476Great Britain, 1840 1d black, horizontal pair (plate 4, position NK-NL), four large margins with sharp impression and fresh color, tied by light red Maltese Cross cancel on 1840 folded cover from Helensburgh to Lanark, Extremely Fine and choice, a lovely cover in the gem quality. SG No. 2.
Scott No. 1 Estimate $600 - 800.
Lot 477 oGreat Britain, 1840, 2d blue, letters MA-MD, horizontal strip of 4, black Maltese cross cancels, clear to large margins, rich deep color, Very Fine and choice, an attractive and scarce used multiple. Scott No. 2 $3,950 for strip of 3 and single.
SG No. 5 £3,600 for singles ($4,430).
Lot 478Great Britain, 1841, 2d blue, "white lines", irregular block of nine and horizontal pair, lettered QA QF/RD RD, RB/RC (QF shifted transfer, QB state 2 with mark in NE corner), mostly full to large margins, tied by clear "690" numeral on gray folded letter to Bellary, India, endorsed "Via Marseilles", reverse with Bramfield, Saxmundham (12.22) and red London (12.23) transits, Madras (2.17) and Bellary framed arrival, Very Fine and choice; with 2011 Eichele certificate. SG No. 14.
Scott No. 4 Estimate $20,000 - 30,000.
AN OUTSTANDING PREPAID LETTER FROM GREAT BRITAIN TO INDIA AT THE 1S10D PACKET RATE.
Prepaid at the 1s10d rate for a packet letter to India via Marseilles effective Jun. 1st 1846.
Lot 479Great Britain, 1841, 1d red brown, tied by barred oval handstamp on Ocean Penny Postage, the Worlds Want and Britain's Boon Bradshaw & Blacklock design (state 2) on cover to Somerset, reverse with red London "Oc 29, 1853" origin cds and several transit datestamps, Very Fine. Scott No. 3.
SG No. 8 Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
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Lot 480Great Britain, 1841, 1d red brown, four margins, plate 112, O-K, tied by Hayle "352" barred oval handstamp on all-over Universal Brotherhood, Arbitration For War, Freedom of Commerce J. Valentine design (state 1, spelling error corrected) on cover to London, clear "Hayle, My 7, 1851" origin and receiving cds's; light cover age spots, otherwise Extremely Fine; with clear 2014 B.P.A. certificate, signed H. Bloch. Scott No. 3.
SG No. 8 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A REMARKABLE EXAMPLE OF THIS J. VALENTINE ALL-OVER PEACE PROPAGANDA ILLUSTRATED COVER.
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Lot 481Great Britain, 1913, King George V "Seahorse", Waterlow printing, £1 green, o.g., lightly hinged, exceptional centering, rich vivid color, Extremely Fine, a gem mint example of the KGV £1 Seahorse issue; with 1987 E. Diena certificate. Scott No. 176.
SG No. 403 £3,500 ($4,300).
Lot 482 SIndia, 1948, Gandhi "Specimen" Overprint Set Complete in Presentation Booklet, affixed down in black velvet presentation folder on gold foil pages, with the 10rs high value on first page titled "Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Stamps, 15th August 1948" in red, second page with the 1½a, 3½a and 12a values, each stamp framed in red border; 3½a stamp with some small margin thinning at left which hardly detracts from this extremely rare set, otherwise Very Fine. SG No. 305S/8S.
Scott No. 203S-206S Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
A RARE COMPLETE SET OF THE 1948 GANDHI "SPECIMEN" OVERPRINT SET IN THE PRESENTATION BOOKLET.
The Government of India issued a set of 4 commemorative stamps on 15th August, 1948 - first anniversary of independence as a tribute to the father of the nation. These were the first commemorative stamps of Independent India and incidentally the only set of stamps printed outside India after independence. The set was printed by Courvoiser S.A., La Chaux-De-Fonds. Very few sets where produced (presumably up to 200) with two different styles of outer booklets known. It is reported that these where produced for the Indian Embassy in Switzerland for presentation to very high dignitaries.
Lot 483Papal/Roman States, 1869 Mourning Cover, lovely four color franking, including 80c, tied by lozenge cancels on small cover with black border & matching lettersheets written in English, to Brunswick, Maine, several indistinct postmarks, Very Fine and attractive.
Scott No. 21, 22, 23, 25 Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
A RARE MOURNING COVER USE FROM THE PAPAL STATES TO THE UNITED STATES.
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Lot 484Jamaica, 1932, Views, 2d black & green, imperf between, left margin vertical pair, o.g., lightly hinged, well centered, some light staining, otherwise Very Fine, ex-Mahfood; with 2016 Sismondo certificate. Scott No. 106a $15,000.
SG No. 111a £14,000 ($17,220).
AN EXTREMELY RARE IMPERFORATE BETWEEN EXAMPLE OF THE 1932 2D VIEWS ISSUE.
This elusive perforation error last sold in 2011 for $7,500 hammer when the current Stanley Gibbons catalog value was £6,500.
Lot 485Japan, 1874, Cherry Blossom, 6s violet brown, native paper, with syllabic 8 ("Chi"), position 8, traces of o.g., usual rough perforations commonly associated with this issue, strong bold color, production pinhole at lower left, Fine; with 2016 Philatelic Federation of Japan certificate. J.S.C.A. No. 23 ¥5,000,000 ($42,000).
Scott No. 29 $25,000.
AN EXTRAORDINARILY RARE MINT EXAMPLE OF THE 1874 6 SEN CHERRY BLOSSOM ISSUE ON NATIVE PAPER, SYLLABIC 8 ("CHI").
The 1874 6s Cherry Blossom was issued to meet the demand for registered and overweight mail that followed from the new uniform postal rates. It was the very first Japanese issue bearing syllabics. There were twelve different syllabics produced, in small quantities and for only a short period of time, with most completely selling out at the post offices. The native paper was of poor quality, and was quickly replaced by foreign paper as soon as sufficient stock became available; this stamp was only sold for about a month.
A small number of mint sheets of syllabic 1 ("i") and 2 ("ro") were exported by the government, while all other mint syllabics, including the "chi" syllabic, come from those that were bought at local post offices and then kept in mint condition. Today, syllabics 7 ("to") and 8 ("chi") are thought to be the rarest of these issues in mint condition, with only a few examples of each known.