Lot 252Great Britain, 1838 Waghorn & Co. Overland Route Notice, printed notice datelined "Cario 26th Dec. 1838" regarding the forwarding of letters, parcels and packages between Great Britain, the Continent of Europe, India and China, signed by agent G. Gliddon, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Thomas Fletcher Waghorn was a postal pioneer who developed a new route from Great Britain to India, which reduced the journey from 3 months / 16,000 miles via the Cape of Good Hope, to 35-45 days / 6,000 miles overland. He operated with such speed and efficiency that the British Post Office directed mail to his service and his business began to flourish. He set up an agency in Cornhill, London, for conveying post, and passengers, to India via Egypt. Between 1835 and 1837, he lived among Arabs in the desert and laid the foundations for the overland route across the desert from Cairo to Suez. This involved building rest-houses and supplying guides, boats, horses and carriages for travelers. By 1840, the P&O set up in direct competition with him that was backed by the British government, which led to the failure of his overland route.
Lot 253 EGreat Britain, 1839, Treasury essays by Charles Whiting, two in different shades, each large ornately embossed sheet, about 8" x 10¼", with four different essays, on the reverse is Whiting's intricate "Printed for protection against forgery" imprint in red & green; each slight edge faults, darker shade with foxing, F.-V.F. and scarce.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 254 oGreat Britain, 1840, 1d black, plate 7, lettered CC, red Maltese cross cancel, ample to mostly large margins, Extremely Fine. Scott No. 1.
SG No. 2 £400 ($530).
Lot 255Great Britain, 1840, 1d black, lettered AD, full balanced margins, tied by red mute cancel on 1840 folded letter from Scotland to North Shields, reverse with "Aberdeen, Aug 6, 1840" origin cds and red receiving postmark, Very Fine. Scott No. 1.
SG No. 2 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 256 oGreat Britain, 1870, 1½d rose red, error of lettering, OP-PC for CP-PC, duplex cancel, strong color, usual centering for this, Fine, a very scarce error. Scott No. 32d.
SG No. 53 £2,000 ($2,630).
Lot 257 ()Great Britain, 1867, Queen Victoria, 2s dull blue, Spray of Rose watermark, without gum, rich bright color, short perf at bottom, otherwise Fine. Scott No. 55.
SG No. 118 £4,000 ($5,260).
Lot 258 oGreat Britain, 1878, Queen Victoria, 10s greenish gray, Maltese Cross watermark, lettered G-G, neat central Glasgow town cancel, rich color and attractive centering, couple trivial tiny marks above "Shillings", otherwise Very Fine; with 2019 B.P.A. certificate. Scott No. 74.
SG No. 128 £3,200 ($4,200).
Lot 259 oGreat Britain, 1878, Queen Victoria, £1 brown lilac, Maltese Cross watermark, town cancels, rich color, Fine. Scott No. 75.
SG No. 129 £4,500 ($5,910).
Lot 260 oGreat Britain, 1882, Queen Victoria, 5s rose on white paper, Anchor watermark, London town cancel, bright pastel color, corner repaired at upper left, Very Fine appearance. Scott No. 90a.
SG No. 134 £4,200 ($5,520).
Lot 261 oGreat Britain, 1883, Queen Victoria, 10s greenish gray on white paper, Anchor watermark, 1883 town cancel, rich bold color, well centered, tiny pinhole at upper left, Very Fine appearance. Scott No. 91a.
SG No. 135 £4,500 ($5,910).