Lot# 4460 - Auction 274-283
Murray River Steam Navigation Co 1869: Lithographed by H.P. Niven at Ballarat, 3 d. green, rough perf. 14, the famous used example on 1869 cover endorsed "Per P.S. Kelpie" (Paddle Steamer - it should be noted here that Victoria covers with inland Steamer's endorsements are rarities in themselves) addressed to George Langford Esq. in Echuca, tied by "JKM 10.2.69" in possibly embellished manuscript (James McCulloch) with laureated Victoria 2 d. violet tied by numeral "40" obliterator of Echuca at right. Reverse with 'Echuca / Victoria' cds in black of receipt (Feb 10,1869) in black. Closed tear at top of envelope and slight stain on perfs. at the top of the 3 d. adhesive mentioned for full accuracy, the sole recorded example of this issue on letter and a choice rarity for the philatelic connoisseur. Opinion J.R.W. Purves (1978).rnReference: Illustrated in Antonini / Grasset 'River & Lake Mail' on page 162 and in Ringström & Tester on page 22.rnArticle in Australian Stamp Monthly. Reprinted in ‘Cinderella Philatelist (Oct 1964).rnProvenance: Frederick E. Wood, Melbourne, 1964.rnP. J. Downey, sale 155, 1977 (bought by Allan Levy)rnCollection 'Antoine', Corinphila sale 85, Oct 1992, lot 3866.
Starting bid :
Hammer price : 2,600 CHF
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