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Lot# 524 - Auction 284 - 290

  • Lot# : 524 Kuwait

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    1923/24: "KOWEIT" Essays, the complete set of twenty-seven stamps (Postage & Official), with Postage set of fourteen from ½ a. to 10 r. green & scarlet overprinted KOWEIT in black and Official set of thirteen stamps from ½ a. to 15 r. blue & olive overprinted KOWEIT / SERVICE in black at the Government Printing Works in Calcutta, the anna values all numbered in pencil '2' and the Rupee values numbered '7' on reverse, all fresh and very fine, large part og. and pristine. Most of the available stamps were numbered on the reverse by the London dealer R. Roberts upon receipt and he stated in May 1923 "The first Setting of the surcharge for the provisional stamps of Kuwait was spelt "Koweit". The Setting of the surcharge was in blocks of twelve subjects and only two sets of blocks were printed". An outstanding set of which just 24 were issued (see the article by Alan Donaldson from the 'Philatelist' enclosed with the lot), many of which have now been split, although the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II contains the set in blocks of four thus making just 20 full sets available to philatelists. This particular set has not been on the philatelic market for over 40 years. A great rarity of British Colonial philately. Cert. BPA (12980) Gi = £ 42'000.rnProvenance: Collection "Vaduz", Sotheby's, London, 29 Nov 1979, lot 294.rn 
    Starting bid : 25,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 34,000 CHF