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Lot# 3918 - Auction 284 - 290

  • Lot# : 3918 St. Vincent

    1861. Cancelled Stamps for Rowland Hill’s nephew Ormond Hill.rnOn 18 April 1861 Ormond Hill, the nephew of Rowland Hill, wrote to Joshua Butters Bacon the head of Perkins Bacon and Co.:rn“My dear Sir, Two or three of my friends who are collectors of Postage Stamps have asked me to procure for them specimens of new or uncommon stamps whenever I have it in my power. It occurs to me that perhaps you may be able to give me a few ...”rnHe added on 24 April:rn“... I should be glad to have six stamps of each kind ...”rnOn 15 August J. Upham (for J.B. Bacon) sent the stamps to Pearson Hill with the following letter:rn“Dear Sir, I beg now to send you as promised ... an envelope addressed to Ormond Hill Esq. containing 6 obliterated impressions of each of the stamps named in the list and request you will take two of each for Rowland Hill Esq. and yourself and then seal the package and forward it together with a letter which you will also find addressed to him, to Mr. Ormond Hill.”rnIt turned out that the supply of the Crown Agents‘ property was given without authority.rnOrmond Hill was not asked to return the „specimens“, and in fact, all were treated as private property. Nevertheless, the case destroyed Perkins Bacon as future printers for the Crown Agents.rnFrom Peter Jaffe in "Cancelled by Perkins Bacon“, published for Spink & Son Ltd by James Bendon Ltd. (1998).rnrnRecess Perkins Bacon 1861: 6 d. deep yellow-green, an Imperforate example from the block of six printed, good to large margins all round, with large part "CANCELLED" at top and at base in black, position 3 in the Peter Jaffé handbook, with only three of the six stamps so far recorded, this adjoining the example being housed in the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Very rare Gi = £ 9'500.rnProvenance: Collection W.W. Forsyth, Harmers, 21 March 1978; Harmers, London, May 1994, lot 1467; Collection Dr. Conrad Latto, Spink, London, May 1995, lot 2134.
    Starting bid : 4,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 7,000 CHF