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  • Lot# : 741 Ionian Islands

    Ionian Islands 1845: Entire letter from Kerkyra to Patras with small CORFU cds of despatch in black (Nov 9), endorsed per Britiish Ship at lower left, struck with CROWN / PAID / AT / CORFU in black, a perfect strike, and rated '5 d.' prepaid in red manuscript alongside. Patras arrival on reverse. Central file fold but a charming entire Gi = £ 650.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 280.00 CHF

    Lot# : 742 Ionian Islands

    Ionian Islands 1859: De La Rue Master Die Proof on India paper applied to thick card, fresh and very fine, a wonderful example of C. Jeen's engraving and extremely rare.rnrnProvenance: Collection Sir John M. H. Wilson.
    Starting bid : 1,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,700.00 CHF

    Lot# : 743 Ionian Islands

    Ionian Islands 1859: (½ d.) orange, no wmk., an unused block of twenty-five (5 x 5) from the sheet of 120 subjects, ample to large margins all round, third stamp with tiny scuff mark on tiara, otherwise superb and very fresh, large part og. with the majority unmounted og. A delightful and extremely scarce multiple Gi = £ 3'500+.rnrnNote: There were 50'000 examples printed of each value. The reason that the ½ d. value is very much the scarcest is said to be that William Lincoln, the first stamp dealer to open a shop in London, circa 1856, later utilised the ½ d. value in sheets as decorative wall-paper for his London office when he moved from his original shop in Holborn to Holles Street, Oxford Circus, London.
    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 744 Ionian Islands

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    Ionian Islands 1859: (½ d.) orange, a used example with large margins all round, cancelled by part oval '(FRA)NCA' in blue and in manuscript. An extremely rare stamp in used condition. Cert. RPSL (1948) Gi = £ 750.rnrnProvenance: W. Houtzamer.
    Starting bid : 400.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 440.00 CHF

    Lot# : 745 Ionian Islands

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    Ionian Islands 1859: (½ d.) orange, a used example with large margins all round, tied to small piece by hooded framed CEFALONIA handstamp (Oct, 1859), the cancellation slightly watery, in blue-black. An extremely rare stamp in used condition. Cert. RPSL (1951) Gi = £ 750.rnrnProvenance: Major George Burton.
    Starting bid : 400.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 746 Ionian Islands

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    1859: ½ d. orange, ample to good margins all round, used on large part prepaid cover from Zante to Syra, tied by hooded "Zante" scroll datestamp in in blue. A small part of the cover has been torn away at left which probably bore another example of the stamp, crayon '140' lepta due charge in red also on front of cover. Despite faults a rare genuine usage of this famous #1. Cert. BPA (2019) Gi = £ 750 off cover.
    Starting bid : 400.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 800.00 CHF

    Lot# : 747 Ionian Islands

    Ionian Islands 1859: (1 d.) blue, wmk. '2', an unused block of fifty (10 x 5) from the sheet of 120 subjects, of fresh bright colour, one stamp with trivial age spot, superb unmounted og. A lovely multiple. Signed Pröschold Gi = £ 1'750+.
    Starting bid : 400.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,300.00 CHF

    Lot# : 748 Ionian Islands

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    1859: 1 d. blue, a somewhat truncated example used on prepaid entire letter from Paxos to Zakynthos, tied by manuscript pen lines and by hooded "Paxo" scroll datestamp in in blue. 'Zakynthos' circular datestamp in blue at right and small "Corfu" double circle "Corfu" transit (June 21) below. Despite the fault to the adhesive, a very rare stamp on letter. Signed Calves. Cert. BPA (2019) Gi = £ 300 off cover.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 380.00 CHF

    Lot# : 749 Ionian Islands

    Ionian Islands 1859: (2 d.) carmine, wmk. '1', an unused block of twenty (4 x 5) from the sheet of 120 subjects, ample to large margins all round, of fresh colour, vertical crease between the stamps in margin only and unapparent on face, full unmounted og. Gi = £ 560+.
    Starting bid : 120.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 480.00 CHF

    Lot# : 750 Ionian Islands

    Ionian Islands 1859: (½ d.) orange and (2 d.) carmine, each in sheet marginal blocks of four from right of sheet, ½ d. positions 83-84 / 95-96 and 2 d. positions 71-72 / 83-84 and showing the Major re-entry on position 84 on the first 'I' of IONIKON. ½ d. block with diagonal line (not a crease) in margin and signed A. Diena, both blocks with superb large part og. Scarce and attractive Gi = £ 650+.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 600.00 CHF

    Lot# : 751 Ionian Islands

    Ionian Islands 1859: (½ d.) orange, (1 d.) blue and (2 d.) carmine, the complete set of three values all in unused blocks of four, fresh colour, large part og. Scarce. The ½ d. block signed A. Diena, P. Holcombe Gi = £ 800+.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 380.00 CHF

    Lot# : 752 Ionian Islands

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    1861. Cancelled Stamps for Rowland Hill’s nephew Ormond HillrnOn 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).rnrn1859: Perkins Bacon, (½ d.) orange, (1 d.) blue, (2 d. carmine); the entire set of three values all neatly struck with large part "CANCELLED" obliterator in black, the ½ d. unused (position 4 in the Jaffe handbook, two recorded), the 1 d. with part og. (position 2, two recorded) and the 2 d. unused (position 3, three examples recorded). Illustrated and discussed in the Peter Jaffe handbook on pages 40 and 41. Exceptional and of great rarity, unique in private hands, the only other complete set is housed in the Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Signed Peter Holcombe. Certs. Holcombe (1997), BPA (1998) Gi = £ 36'000.rnrnProvenance: Collection E. E. Yates, Robson Lowe, London 31 Oct 1951.rn                   Collection Gordon H. Torrey, Corinphila, sale 99, 19-20 June 1997, lot 9286.
    Starting bid : 12,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 11,500.00 CHF
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