Lot 419 PBergedorf, 1861 ½sch-4sch First Issue complete, transfer block trial color proofs, of all five issues in black, red brown, red, green and blue, ½sch & 1½sch values in a block of 12 transfers, 1sch & 3sch in a block of 10 transfers and the 4sch value in a block of 10 transfers, each on medium grayish wove paper, all in a pristine fresh state of preservation, Very Fine and choice.
Michel No. 1TC-5TC Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
A UNIQUE COMPLETE SET OF THE 1861 BERGEDORF TRANSFER BLOCK TRIAL COLORS.
In 1858, Shanahan's Auction House in Dublin, Ireland sold this remarkable set to Albin Schwärzler of Bergedorf. The current owner has researched other examples of these blocks in other collections, auction catalogs and other sources for over thirty five years and has concluded that only four complete sets were ever printed. Many of the other blocks have been cut up to facilitate their sale so that apart from those offered here, it is no longer possible, according to the owner's research, to assemble a second complete set.
Lot 420 EPBergedorf, 1869, 1½s "Schillinge - Schilling" essay-proof se-tenant pairs, an early private Moen proof, 11 horizontal pairs, and one essay single (position 7L), o.g., all with clear to large margins, Very Fine, a very rare group; a couple with certificates.
Scott No. 3EP Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Lot 421 EBergedorf, 1859 3s Arms Essay, on medium wove, four in colors black, brown, green and orange, clear to huge margins, a Very Fine set, scarce.
Scott No. 4E Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 422 PSchleswig-Holstein, 1865, ½sch-2sch "Holstein" complete, die proofs on thin paper, in the small mini-sheet format (each approximately 33 x 79 mm), each in pristine condition, Extremely Fine, an extremely rare set and possibly unique in full "mini sheet" format, not cataloged in Michel; each with 2009 C. Moller certificate.
Michel No. 19P-21P Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Lot 423 PSchleswig-Holstein, 1864-66, ½sch-4sch "Holstein" complete, die proofs on thin paper, complete set of seven values in original issued colors, couple with minor sheet flaws well away from designs, accompanied by two 1¼sch trial colors (reprint or proofs) in red and blue, Very Fine, a remarkable and rare complete set of proofs, not cataloged in Michel; each with 2007 C. Moller certificate.
Michel No. 19P-25P Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Lot 424 PSchleswig-Holstein, 1865-66, 1¼sch-4sch "Holstein" complete, die proofs on thin paper, set of four values in original issued colors, reduced to stamp size, a Very Fine set, not cataloged in Michel.
Michel No. 22P-25P Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 425 PSchleswig-Holstein, 1865, 1-1/3sch carmine "Holstein", die proofs on thin paper, in the small mini-sheet format (33 x 79 mm), in pristine condition, Extremely Fine, an extremely rare proof and possibly unique in full "mini sheet" format, not cataloged in Michel.
Michel No. 23P Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 426 PSchleswig-Holstein, 1866, 2sch blue "Holstein", die proofs on thin paper, in the small mini-sheet format (39 x 79 mm), in pristine condition, Extremely Fine, an extremely rare proof and possibly unique in full "mini sheet" format, not cataloged in Michel.
Michel No. 24P Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 427Germany, 1944 Hitler OSS Birthday Propaganda souvenir sheet, sheet of 4 (147x104mm) in dark grey-green with sawtooth roulettes, glazed o.g. and partly stuck to an OSS (Office of Strategic Services) propaganda leaflet with purple "311" handstamp, some separation in roulettes at bottom, Fine, accompanied by two additional smaller leaflets with caricatures on reverse (similarly numbered "313" and "314") and the original two ring cellophane holder.
Michel No. 18b €38,000 ($46,740).
AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1944 HITLER PROPAGANDA SOUVENIR SHEET OF FOUR IN DARK GREY-GREEN - THE RAREST OF ALL PROPAGANDA ISSUES WITH ONLY A LITTLE OVER A DOZEN ARE KNOWN TO EXIST.
The American OSS was formed from a division that President Roosevelt enacted by Executive order and was under jurisdiction of the Joint Chief of Staff, giving the OSS the capability and status of a military branch. The goal of the operation was to disrupt the morale of the German people by using a method of large scale psychological operation (PSYOP) that the British MI6 had been pushing into service with the help of the Royal Air Force (RAF). The distribution of propaganda in letters and distributed by the German postal system was thought to be an ideal method of reaching the German population and undermine the support of Adolf Hitler. One tactic used in hopes of shaking the morale further in the German people, was to call upon master forgers to produce a variety of propaganda forgery stamps similar in nature to the current German issues. This souvenir sheet was to resemble the 1937 Hitler semi-postal souvenir sheet
Lot 428Germany, 1933 Nothilfe souvenir sheet, o.g., never hinged (barest trace of hinge mark in ungummed portion of sheet), rich colors, fresh and pristine, free from the usual faint sheet bends from gum, Extremely Fine, one of finest examples of this difficult sheet we have ever offered. Michel No. Block 2.
Scott No. B58 $5,600 as n.h.