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Lot# 6077 - Auction 218-221

  • Lot# : 6077 New South Wales

    1861: Ormond Hill Presentation Proofs.rnrnPerkins Bacon supplied, in August 1861, six presentation sets of British Commonwealth stamps printed by the company for Hill's family. Each stamp, or uniquely in the case below, Plate Proof, was cancelled by the "CANCELLED" obliterator as used on the 'Colon' issues of Chile. This kind donation to the family was immediately frowned upon by the authorities and led, in part, to the cessation of the Perkins Bacon printing contracts for many Colonies in 1862. It should be pointed out that these stamps were, in effect, the first 'Specimen' stamps produced. For New South Wales the only stamps available in London were imperforate Plate Proofs of the 1854/59 issue and only the 6 pence and 1 shilling values were produced in this manner.rnrnRowland Hill Presentation Proof 1854: 6 d. purple-brown on cream wove paper, an imperforate Plate Proof with huge margins all round, 'used' with large part strikes of Perkins Bacon "CANCELLED" barred obliterator in black. Supplied by the printers Perkins Bacon to Ormond Hill (Rowland's nephew) in August 1861, six examples were supplied for members of the family. So far, just five of the six have surfaced, one being in the Royal Collection. The example offered here is particularly superb Gi = £ 12'000.rnrnProvenance: Collection 'V.P.Manwood', Siegel, New York, 8 Nov 1995, lot 4494.rn 
    Starting bid : 3,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 14,500 CHF