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The Besançon Collection (part II)
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  • Lot# : 3004 Great Britain

    Houses of Parliament 2 d. envelope 1840: "To be posted at the Houses of Parliament only / Post Paid.- Two-pence. Weight not to exceed 1 oz.", a fine used example of the 2 d. envelope on laid paper, wmk. Britannia in crowned oval, mailed and signed at lower left by 'C. P. Villiers' and addresssed to Richard Cobden in Manchester, struck by 'Crown / Paid' datestamp (Feb 6) in red. Tiny opening tear at base but of great rarity and historical interest, there being but 12 used covers / fronts of covers recorded in the Karl Louis Card Index, of which three are housed in institutional collections Gi = £ 45'000.rnrnNote: The sender, Charles Pelham Villiers (1802-1898), was MP for Wolverhampton and the longest serving MP in Great Britain's history (1835-1898). He was leader of the Anti-Corn Law League and it's most prominent supporter along with John Bright and Richard Cobden until the successful repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846. The addressee, Richard Cobden (1804-1865) was yet to become an MP, being elected in 1841, he too was a passionate advocate of both Free Trade and, in consequence, the Anti-Corn Law League.rnrnProvenance: Collection McGowan, Robson Lowe, London, 21 April 1948, lot 26.rn                        Collection Oswald Marsh, Harmers, London, 4 April 1990, lot 1023.                       rn                        Collection Trapnell, Cavendish, Derby, 9 Dec 1995, lot 1.rn                        Spink, London, 17 Dec 1997, lot 1357.
    Starting bid : 7,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 3006 Great Britain

    1840: Mulready 2 d. envelope, stereo a199, a used example from London to Hastings cancelled by superb London "No. 12" in Maltese Cross in black. Reverse, seal removed, with London despatch cds in black (Sept 18, 1843) and Hastings double arc cds of receipt (Sept 19) in black. Slightest of aging but a charming a very rare usage. Just two 2 d. Mulready's recorded in the Karl Louis Card Index with the "No. 12" in Cross, the other being ex Louis Grunin Gi = £ 12'000.rnrnProvenance: Phillips, London, 3 Nov 1988, lot 348.rn                   Collection Herald, Cavendish, Derby, 9 Sept 1994, lot 75.
    Starting bid : 3,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 3024 Great Britain

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    Lot# : 3050 Great Britain

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    1840: 1 d. black, Plate 6, lettered RI, a used example with large margins all round and portions of adjoining stamps at left and at top, tied to 1840 cover from Newton Stewart to Edinburgh by Maltese Cross struck in "magenta / dull reddish purple" ink. Reverse with framed "Newton Stewart" despatch handstamp (Dec 16) in the same ink as the Cross and Edinburgh arrival in orange-red. This cover mentioned in Alcock & Holland on page 31 and listed in Rockoff & Jackson on page 442. Seal missing on reverse and two file folds well away from the adhesive but of great rarity. Cert. BPA (1989) Gi A1vd = £ 15'000.
    Starting bid : 4,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 3051 Great Britain

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    1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, lettered GC, a used example with large margins all round, tied to 1842 cover from Preston to Stourbridge Ironworks, by smudged Maltese Cross struck in blue. Reverse with PRESTON double arc cds in blue and obverse with 'Stourbridge' arrival cds (March 22) in black. Rockoff & Jackson unrecorded but they list two examples from the same correspondence dated April and November 1842, for further information see pages 228-230. A rare cover Gi BS1sc = £ 1'700.
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
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    Lot# : 3059 Great Britain

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    1840: 2 d. blue, Plate 2, lettered RG-RH, a used horizontal pair with large margins all round and showing portions of adjoining stamps at top and at left, used on quadruple weight 1842 cover to Blandford, tied by DORCHESTER double arc datestamps (June 23, 1842) in black. The fine pair of fresh colour with RH showing the constant variety with coloured "√" in NW corner unobscured by the rare cancellation, the letter mentioning enclosures. Reverse with Blandford arrival datestamp in black. Just one other 1840 2 d. blue pair on cover cancelled by Wessex town datestamps is recorded in the Karl Louis Card Index (lettered NH-NI) which is heavily repaired. An extraordinarily rare and attractive cover, an Exhibition item of the highest calibre for the connoisseur of classic Great Britain. Cert. RPSL (1970) Gi DS8xb+DS8xbe = £ 28'000+.rnProvenance: RL, London, 24-25 Sept 1969, lot 1484.rn                      Christie's, 14 Sept 1994, lot 2307.
    Starting bid : 6,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 3060 Great Britain

    1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, lettered KH, a used example with large margins all round but with closed contemporary tear at right, tied to 1842 entire letter written from Dartington Parsonage near Totness to Ashburton, by Wessex double arc TOTNESS circular datestamp in black. Reverse with Ashburton double arc arrival cds in black (Oct 24). The cover accompanied by matching May 1843 entire letter to Ashburton prepaid 1 d. and struck with TOTNESS cds in black. The entire listed in Rockoff & Jackson on page 550. A rare and delightful pairing Gi B1va = £ 3'000.rnrnProvenance: Phillips, London, 8 Feb 1990, lot 453.
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 3061 Great Britain

    1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, pl. 21, lettered DJ, used example with good to large margins all round, tied to 1842 entire letter to London by superb strike of Wessex type double arc DORCHESTER datestamp in black (April 1). Reverse with London arrival cds in red (April 2). Listed in Rockoff & Jackson on page 528. Slightest closed tear in entire at top mentioned for full accuracy, a fine and rare entire Gi B1va = £ 3`000.rnrnProvenance: Collection J.B. Seymour, Sale 3, RL, London, 7 Nov 1951, lot 410.rn                        RL, London, 9 Feb 1982, lot 947.rn                        RL, London, 13 June 1989, lot 212.
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 3064 Great Britain

    Crimean War 1841/55: The selection of 6 items with 1841 imperf. 1 d. pair lightly but clearly cancelled by "Crown & Stars" obliterator, 1 d. red Die I, perf. 16 in a vertical strip of three with two good strikes, 1 d. red Die II, perf. 14 with a clear strike; 1 d. red, Die I perf. 14 in a horizontal pair with "O*O" obliterator, 1 d. red, Die II, perf. 14 in a vertical strip of three and a superb 2 d. pl. 4, perf. 16 with a bold strike. A few minor imperfections but a particularly scarce and attractive group Gi = £ 1'750+.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
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    Lot# : 3070 Great Britain

    1871 (Feb): Ormond Hill Die Proof for the 2 d. value, Die II retouched, without corner letters, engraved on thin hard yellowish wove paper in a delicate deep lilac-rose shade (27 x 32 mm.), fresh and very fine, the impression being just slightly less firm than in DP46a (it is not often a describer has both these Proofs on his desk at the same time for comparison), but a superb Die Proof of great rarity Gi = £ 47'000.
    Starting bid : 7,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 3075 Great Britain

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    1855 (July 20): 2 d. blue, Plate 5, wmk. Crown, perf. 14, lettered RF-RG, an unused horizontal pair of rich colour, RG with tiny thin spot below NW corner square, fresh and fine appearance, large part og. A rare and attractive multiple. Cert. BPA (2019) Gi = £ 5'700+.rnrnProvenance: Collection Dr. Barer, RL, London, Jan 1954, lot 256.
    Starting bid : 850 CHF
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    Lot# : 3090 Great Britain

    1870 (Oct): Bantam ½ d. deep rose-red, plate 9, lettered BJ-BL / DJ-DL, an unused block of nine in a vibrant bright shade, fresh and very fine, minor corner bend on one stamp not affecting the appearance, superb large part og. with most stamps unmounted og. A fantastic block of great rarity and the largest mint block from plate 9 in private hands Gi = £ 54'000.rnProvenance: R. Lowe, 30 May 1940, (as an irregular block of 13); H.F. 'Johnny' Johnson, SG, London, 14 March 1990.
    Starting bid : 10,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 3097 Great Britain

    1870 (Oct 1): 1½ d. rose-red, plate 3, lettered DH-DJ / HH-HJ, an unused block of fifteen (3 x 5), of good colour, fresh and fine, typical gum cracking, large part or unmounted og. A scarce multiple - multiples from Plate 1 being significantly scarcer than those froom Plate 3 Gi = £ 7'500+.rnProvenance: RL, London, 12 April 1988, lot 727.
    Starting bid : 1,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 3104 Great Britain

    1847 (Sept 11): Embossed 1 s. pale green, Die 1, an unused example with good to large margins all round, of fine embossing and colour, surface stain at top and minor thin at base not detracting from the appearance, large part og. A very rare stamp Gi H1(2) = £ 24'000.rnProvenance: Stanley Gibbons, London, 2-3 July 1981.
    Starting bid : 2,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 3116 Great Britain

    1856 (March 29): 6 d. deep lilac on blued thick paper, watermark Emblems inverted, an imperforate Imprimatur on highly glazed paper, in a deep rich shade, fresh and very fine. Rare, whilst 24 examples were removed from the Plate 1 sheet Gi J70 = £ 6'500.rnProvenance: Collection Harold Fisher, Phillips, London, 22-23 Sept 1983, lot 554.rn                      Grosvenor, London, 15-16 May 2003, lot 1946.
    Starting bid : 1,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 3121 Great Britain

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    1862 (May 1): 3 d. pale carmine-rose, Plate 2, lettered LB, an unused example, centred to top, of good colour, regummed, nevertheless a fine space-filler for this scarce stamp. Cert. BPA (2020) Gi J26(3) = £ 2'700.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 3122 Great Britain

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    1861 (Nov 30): 4 d. bright red, Plate 3, wmk. Large Garter, lettered TH, an imperforate Imprimatur, large margins all round, of outstanding fresh colour with one or two typical surface specks, superb large part og. Rare, just 25 stamps were removed from the Imprimatur sheet. Cert. BPA (2020) Gi J52 = £ 4'000.rnProvenance: Collection Heinz Reck, Phillips, London, 7 April 1994, lot 220.
    Starting bid : 800 CHF
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    Lot# : 3123 Great Britain

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    1862 (Jan 15): 4 d. bright red, Plate 3, wmk. Large Garter, lettered JB, an unused example of good colour, slightly discoloured from small surface rub, well centred, large part og. A very rare stamp in the true shade. Cert. BPA (2020) Gi J52(1) = £ 2'200.rnProvenance: Spink, London, 24 April 2003, lot 720.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
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    Lot# : 3124 Great Britain

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    1863 (Sept 7): 4 d. bright red, Plate 4, with Hairlines, lettered BF, an imperforate Imprimatur, with large margins all round, unobtrusive crease on reverse not affecting the fine appearance, a fresh and most appealing stamp with large part og. Rare, just 22 stamps removed from the Imprimatur sheet and of perfect pedigree. Cert. RPSL (2008) Gi J53 = £ 4'000.rnProvenance: Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Spink, London, 3 Dec 2008, lot 248.
    Starting bid : 800 CHF
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    Lot# : 3131 Great Britain

    1868 (Nov-Dec): 4 d. vermilion, Plate 12, wmk. Large Garter, lettered AL, an imperforate Imprimatur, large margins all round and of rich colour, superb large part og. Fine and rare, just 22 stamps removed from the Imprimatur sheet Gi J59 = £ 2'500.rnProvenance: RL, London, 26 July 1979, lot 1441.rn                        Harmers, London, 8 Dec 1983, lot 1664.rn 
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
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    Lot# : 3150 Great Britain

    1867 (July 1): 10 d. pale red-brown, Plate 1, wmk. Spray, lettered DL, an unused example overprinted SPECIMEN (Type 9) in black. A few nibbed perfs. but of fine appearance, large part og. Gi J97(2)s = £ 500.
    Starting bid : 100 CHF
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    Lot# : 3154 Great Britain

    1867 (July 1): 2 s. deep blue, Plate 1, wmk. Spray, lettered MC, an unused example, well centred and of fresh colour, one or two bends not affecting the frontal appearance, large part og. A rare stamp unused. Signed A. Diena Gi J118(2) = £ 4'700.rnrnProvenance: Harmers, London, 14 June 2005, lot 617.
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 3162 Great Britain

    1873 (April 24): 6 d. grey, Plate 12, wmk. Spray, lettered HI, an unused example of good appearance but with some reduced age spots and part og., also QD, a fine used example cancelled by circular datestamp (June 30, 1873) in black Gi J81 = £ 1'975.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
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    Lot# : 3163 Great Britain

    1875; De La Rue Die Proof for 2½ d. value in black on glazed white card, (61 x 92 mm.), the Master Die Proof showing the near complete design with just the Plate Number area and Corner Letters left blank, handstamped "Feb. 9 1875" in black. Fresh and very fine, an extremely scarce Proof Gi J1 = listed but unpriced.rnProvenance: Harold Fisher, Phillips, 22/23 Sept. 1983, lot 749; Phillips 2 Nov. 1989, lot 242.
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 3167 Great Britain

    1877 (Sept 14): 2½ d. rosy-mauve, Plate 9, wmk. Orb, lettered AJ, an imperforate Imprimatur, with large margins all round, superb colour and large part og. Just 21 examples were removed from the Imprimatur sheet. Exceptional and very scarce Gi J10 = £ 2'500.
    Starting bid : 600 CHF
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    Lot# : 3169 Great Britain

    1876 (May 1): 2½ d. rosy-mauve, Plate 10, wmk. Orb, lettered DC-DD / EC-ED, an unused block of four of vibrant colour, overprinted SPECIMEN (Type 9) in black. Fresh and very fine, typical gum wrinkle on large part og. with lower pair unmounted og. Gi J11s = £ 880.rnrnProvenance: Collection Sir Gawaine Baillie, Sotheby's, London, 28 Sept 2005, lot 127.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 3177 Great Britain

    1873: De La Rue Die Proof for the 6 d. value, printed in deep brown (numbered 6) on white glazed card inscribed thus in pencil on reverse, the completed Die without Corner Letters and Plate Number. Slight peripheral aging but beautiful and extremely rare Gi J83 = £ 7'500.rnProvenance: Collection Dr. Douglas Latto, Phillips, London, 22 Oct 1992, lot 413.
    Starting bid : 2,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 3178 Great Britain

    1874/80: 6 d. grey, Plate 17, wmk. Spray, lettered AB-AD / BB-BD, an unused block of six, well centred and of good colour, minor wrinkles on large part or unmounted og. A scarce and most attractive multiple Gi J87 = £ 6'650.rnProvenance: Maurice Burrus, R. Lowe, 30 Oct. 1963, lot 434; Harold Fisher, Phillips auction, 22/23 Sept. 1983, lot 799.
    Starting bid : 1,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 3184 Great Britain

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    1880 (Oct 14): 1 s. orange-brown, Plate 13, wmk. Spray, lettered RB, an unused example of excellent centering and good colour, variety "Watermark Inverted", slight hinge thin at top not detracting from the splendid appearance, fresh and fine with large part og. A very rare stamp. Cert. BPA (2020) Gi J115c = £ 11'000.rnrn 
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 3188 Great Britain

    1880 (Aug 15): 4 d. grey-brown, Plate 17, wmk. Large Garter, lettered PJ, a used example, well centred and extremely lightly cancelled by small part numeral obliterator in black. Rare so fine Gi J67 = £ 525.
    Starting bid : 100 CHF
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    Lot# : 3190 Great Britain

    1876 (Sept 11): Colour Trial of the 8 d. orange-yellow, Plate 1, wmk. Large Garter upright, lettered TF, an unused imperforate example, overprinted SPECIMEN (Type 11) diagonally in black, ample to huge corner sheet margins all round, large part og. Gi J91A = £ 425.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 3194 Great Britain

    1881 (March 23): 2½ d. blue, Plate 22, wmk. Crown, lettered QH-QI, a horizontal pair used on 1884 cover tto Basil Chamberlain in Tokyo, Japan tied by 'London / W29' duplex in black (March 7). Reverse with 'Yokohama / *' circular datestamp of entry (May 11) in black. An attractive cover to an unusual destination.rnNote: Basil Hall Chamberlain (1850-1935) was a professor of Japanese at Tokyo Imperial University and one of the foremost British Japanologists active in Japan during the late 19th century. He also wrote some of the earliest translations of haiku into English.
    Starting bid : 100 CHF
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    Lot# : 3196 Great Britain

    1880 (Dec 8): 4 d. grey-brown, Plate 18, wmk. Crown, lettered GH, an unused example of fresh colour, overprinted SPECIMEN (Type 9) in black, superb large part og. Gi J69s = £ 275.
    Starting bid : 100 CHF
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    Lot# : 3198 Great Britain

    1874/80: 6 d. grey, Plate 18, wmk. Spray, lettered TH, an imperforate Imprimatur, large margins all round, fresh colour and very fine, large part og. Only 22 stamps were removed from the Imprimatur sheet of which at least four are housed in institutional collections. Rare Gi J(87)/89 = £ 4'200.rnrnNote: Plate 18 was registered, as above, on watermark Spray of Rose paper. The stamp was only issued on watermark Crown paper.rnrnProvenance: Harmer 30 Nov. 1954, "The 2500th Sale", lot 234; Collection Dr. Douglas Latto, Phillips, Oct 1992, lot 431.
    Starting bid : 1,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 3207 Great Britain

    1880 (Oct 14): ½ d. pale green, an unused block of four in the deep shade, fresh and fine, large part og., lower pair unmounted og. Gi K1 = £ 250.
    Starting bid : 80 CHF
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    Lot# : 3210 Great Britain

    1880 (Oct 14): 1½ d. Venetian red, an unused block of four of good colour, overprinted SPECIMEN (Type 9) in black, third stamp with second strike of the SPECIMEN overprint lightly struck, large part og. Gi K4s = £ 320.
    Starting bid : 80 CHF
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    Lot# : 3218 Great Britain

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    1881 (Dec 13): 1 d. deep purple, Die II, an unused example, variety "Printed Both Sides", rubbed from hinge on face otherwise fresh and very fine, large part og. Rare. Cert. BPA (1951) Gi K8h = £ 900.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 3219 Great Britain

    1881 (Dec 13): 1 d. deep purple, Die II, an unused block of four, variety "Printed on the Gummed Side", fresh and very fine. Rare Gi K8g = £ 3'600.rnrnProvenance: Phillips, London, 7 April 1994, lot 340.
    Starting bid : 850 CHF
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    Lot# : 3222 Great Britain

    1878 (April 30): De La Rue Die Proof for 10 s. value in black on glazed white card, with uncleared Corner Letters and Plate Number, there is a white dot after 'T' of POSTAGE, the outer framelines of the design somewhat sharpened more evident on the corner squares, handstamped "Apr. 30, 1878" in black. A rare and very fine Proof Gi J124 = £ 3'500.rnProvenance: Harmers, London, 16 March 1982, lot 651; Harmers, London, 26 Jan 1994, lot 800.
    Starting bid : 800 CHF
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    Lot# : 3223 Great Britain

    1878 (May 3): De La Rue Die Proof for 10 s. value in black on glazed white card, with uncleared Corner Letters and Plate Number, the Die now almost complete (this ebing the last Proof before the hardening stage, after more slight alterations to the lines of background, handstamped "May 3, 1878" in black. A rare and very fine Proof Gi J124 = £ 3'500.rnrnProvenance: Harmers, London, 26 Jan 1994, lot 802.
    Starting bid : 800 CHF
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    Lot# : 3231 Great Britain

    1882 (Nov 25): 5 s. rose on blued paper, Plate 4, wmk. Anchor, perf. 14, lettered DG, a used example cancelled by "Lime St. / Liverpool" circular datestamp struck in blue (Dec 14, 1882). Slightly aged but a fine example used in third week of issue. Rare Gi J123 = £ 4'800.rnrnProvenance: Collection Dr. Douglas Latto, Phillips, London, 22 Oct 1992, lot 319.
    Starting bid : 700 CHF
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    Lot# : 3236 Great Britain

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    1883 (Feb): 10 s. grey-green on white paper, Plate 1, wmk. Anchor, perf. 14, lettered AH, an unused example of wonderful rich colour, superbly centred, fresh and very fine, old brown hinge remnant on large part og. A magnificent stamp of the utmost rarity and certainly one of the finest 10 s. wmk. Anchor known Gi J125a = £ 140'000 / Gi 135 = £ 160'000.rnProvenance: H. B. Wane ERPSL of Eastbourne, H. R. Harmer, 10/11 Nov. 1941, lot 340 at the time described "properly centered, brilliant and superb". Cert. BPA (2020).

    Starting bid : 50,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 3237 Great Britain

    Stamp Committee 1884 (April 1-Oct 30): Colour Trial for the 1½ d. value, lettered TE, printed in dull grey-green on toned un-watermarked paper, perf. 14; horizontal crease, probably removed from the Trial sample sheet, unused with part gum. Rare Gi = £ 550.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
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    Lot# : 3238 Great Britain

    1883: Colour Trial for 1½ d. value, lettered EG, printed in the issued colour of lilac on unwatermarked paper, slightly greyish on reverse, comb perf. 14. Printed by De La Rue especially for the 1884 Stamp Commitee review, a fine example of this Trial, of good colour and large part og. Rare Gi = £ 550.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 3239 Great Britain

    1883: 1½ d. lilac, wmk. Crown, lettered EF, an unused example, variety "Watermark Inverted", slightest of colour loss mentioned for full accuracy only and nevertheless of fine appearance, large part og. An exceptionally rare stamp Gi K18a = £ 3'000.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
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    Lot# : 3241 Great Britain

    1884 (April 1): 2½ d. lilac, lettered AE, an imperforate example with large margins all round and sheet marginal at top, of good colour, overprinted SPECIMEN (Type 9) in black. Fresh and fine, some wrinkles on large part og. Scarce Gi K20s = £ 900.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 3249 Great Britain

    1883: De La Rue Die Proof for the 9 d. value, printed in black on glazed white card, showing three faint circular plugs for corner letter placement, dated "13 JUN 83" (altered in manuscript ink to "18") and endorsed BEFORE HARDENING in black. Slightest of bends otherwise fresh and very fine, a rare Proof Gi K25 = £ 2'000.rnrnProvenance: Phillips, London, 7 April 1994, ex lot 396.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
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    Lot# : 3250 Great Britain

    1883 (Aug 1): 9 d. dull green, Plate 3, lettered IT, an imperforate Imprimatur, with large margins all round, of resonant rich colour, paper hinge and some Post Office manuscript on part og. Rare and attractive with just 24 stamps removed from the Imprimatur sheet Gi K25 = £ 2'300.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
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    Lot# : 3253 Great Britain

    1883 (July 2): 2 s. 6 d. lilac on blued paper, wmk. Anchor, lettered CF, an imperforate Imprimatur, with large margins all round, fresh clear colour; one or two negligible wrinkles on large part og. Rare Gi K9 = £ 5'000.rnRemark: The adjoining Imprimatur CE is in the National Postal Museum in Londonrn(vol. XXXIX; page 25).rnProvenance: Phillips, London, 7 April 1994, lot 343.
    Starting bid : 1,200 CHF
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    Lot# : 3255 Great Britain

    1884: 5 s. rose on white paper,  wmk. Anchor, lettered IE-IH / JE-JH, a used block of eight of good colour, trivial couple of bends on right hand stamps, some creasing through the lines of perforations, individually cancelled by "Royal Exchange / Manchester" circular datestamps (Dec 27, 1893) in black. A charming and rare multiple Gi K12(1) = £ 3'000.
    Starting bid : 600 CHF
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    Lot# : 3259 Great Britain

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    1884 (April 1): £ 1 brown-lilac, wmk. Crowns, lettered ED, an imperforate Imprimatur from plate 2 with ample to large margins all round, fresh colour and fine large part og. Tiny wrinkle at upper right corner of absolutely no significance and mentioned for full accuracy only, exceptional and very rare. Cert. BPA (2019) Gi = £ 15'000.rnProvenance: Collection Heath, R. Lowe, 14 Feb. 1962, lot 389; Collection Joseph Silkin, 14-16 June 1971, lot 615; Harmers of London, 31 Oct. 1995, lot 519.
    Starting bid : 4,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 3260 Great Britain

    1884 (April 1): £ 1 brown-lilac, wmk. Crowns, lettered RA, an unused example of good colour in a pale shade, overprinted SPECIMEN (Type 9) in black. Fresh and fine, large part og. A very scarce stamp Gi K15t = £ 2'800.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
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    Lot# : 3263 Great Britain

    1891 (Jan 28): £ 1 green, Plate 3, wmk. Crowns, lettered TA, an unused example of brilliant colour, without the "Broken Frame" variety at base, slight wrinkles on part og. A very rare stamp Gi K17aa = £ 7'500.rnrnProvenance: Collection Dr. Douglas Latto, Phillips, London, 22 Oct 1992, lot 603.
    Starting bid : 1,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 3269 Great Britain

    1887 (Jan 1): Imperforate Proof  for 1½ d. value, printed in blue without value tablets on watermarked Crown white paper, a corner marginal pair produced for the proposed "Reply Paid Essays", two minor iron spots not detracting from the fresh and very fine appearance, unmounted og. Scarce and attractive Gi K29 = £ 850.rnrnProvenance: Harmers, London, 24 April 2003, lot 1000.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
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    Lot# : 3298 Great Britain

    De La Rue 1902/03: 2 d. yellowish green & carmine-red, 2 d. pale greyish green & carmine-red and the rare 2 d. pale greyish green & scarlet vermilion of 1903, all fresh and fine, unmounted og. Gi M11 shades 1,2,3 = £ 550.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
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    Lot# : 3308 Great Britain

    De La Rue 1902 (March 24): 1 s. dull green & carmine, an unused example of good colour, overprinted SPECIMEN (Type 16) in black, fresh and very fine, large part og. Scarce Gi M45s = £ 325.
    Starting bid : 120 CHF
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    Lot# : 3313 Great Britain

    De La Rue 1902 (April 5): 2 s. 6 d. lilac, an unused example of fine colour and centering, fresh and very fine, unmounted og. Scarce Gi M48(1) = £ 500.rnrnProvenance: Spink, London, 6 July 2005, lot 1233.
    Starting bid : 180 CHF
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    Lot# : 3318 Great Britain

    Somerset House 1911/12: 1½ d. slate-purple & green (shades), the unused selection (20 stamps) with two singles, three marginal pairs and three corner blocks of four, two showing Date Cuts, all largely fresh and very fine, large part or unmounted og. A scarce and most attractive group Gi M10, shades 1,4,5 and 6 = £ 825+.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 3319 Great Britain

    Somerset House 1911 (Aug 7): 5 d. dull reddish purple & bright blue, an unused block of four, 2nd printing, of superb colour, large part og., lower pair unmounted og. Gi M30(2) = £ 275.
    Starting bid : 100 CHF
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    Lot# : 3322 Great Britain

    Somerset House 1912 (Aug 1): 7 d. deep slate-grey, an unused block of six, marginal from right of sheet, all overprinted CANCELLED (Type 25) in black. One or two bends in margin but an extremely rare multiple, ex the National Postal Museum archives Gi M38t = £ 2'550.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
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    Lot# : 3323 Great Britain

    Somerset House 1911 (July 24): 9 d. reddish purple & light blue, an unused pane of twenty (5 x 4) from the lower right corner of the sheet, of lovely fresh vibrant colour, mounted in margins only with stamps unmounted og. Rare and most attractive Gi M41(1) = £ 3'500.rnrnProvenance: Collection 'Aurelius', Grosvenor, London, 8 Oct 2009, lot 2673.
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    Lot# : 3325 Great Britain

    Somerset House 1911 (Oct 9): 10 d. dark plum & carmine, an unused example of bright colour, overprinted SPECIMEN (Type 22) in black, fresh and fine, large part og. Scarce, from the National Postal Museum archives Gi M44(8) = £ 250.
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    Lot# : 3329 Great Britain

    Somerset House 1912 (Feb 29): 5 s. carmine, an unused example, marginal from base of sheet showing Date Cuts, fresh colour and fine, large part og.. Gi M52(2) = £ 400.
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    Lot# : 3345 Great Britain

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    I.R. Official 1885 (March 12): 10 s. cobalt on blued paper, wmk. Anchor, lettered DB, an unused example, of excellent colour and centering, overprinted SPECIMEN (Type 11) in black, two minor bends and minute cut in upper left perf. not affecting the lovely appearance, part og. A rare stamp. Cert. BPA (2002) Gi L8(2)t = £ 4'200.
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    Lot# : 3367 Great Britain

    O.W. Official 1902 (Feb): ½ d. blue-green, a used block of four, all cancelled by probable "Registered / Bristol" oval datestamps (1902) in black. A rare multiple. Ceert. RPSL (1976) Gi MO14 = £ 950.rnrnProvenance: Collection Dr. C.L. Casimir, Bonhams, London, 1 March 2006, lot 540.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
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    Lot# : 3368 Great Britain

    O.W. Official 1902 (Feb 11): 1 d. scarlet, an unused example, overprinted SPECIMEN (Type 15) in black, fresh and very fine, large part og. Scarce, ex the National Postal Museum archives Gi MO15s = £ 375.rnrnProvenance: Collection Sir Gawaine Baillie, Sotheby's, London, 30 Sept 2005, ex lot 1440.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
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    Lot# : 3376 Great Britain

    Army Official 1901 (Sept 20): 6 d. purple on rose-red, an unused block of four, of good colour, some perf. separation and minor faults on large part og. Gi L40 = £ 525.
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    Lot# : 3384 Great Britain

    Government Parcels 1896 (June 18): 1 d. lilac, Die II, an unused example of good colour, overprinted SPECIMEN (Type 15) in black, fresh and fine, large part og. Rare. Gi L23s = £ 450.
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    Lot# : 3388 Great Britain

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    Government Parcels 1900 (Nov): 1 s. green & carmine, an unused block of four, of excellent fresh colour, upper right stamp with vertical gum crease not affecting the appearance, fresh and fine, large part og. Superb and of great rarity in a multiple. Cert. BPA (2020) Gi L30 = £ 4'000.
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    Lot# : 3394 Great Britain

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    Board of Education 1902 (Feb 19): 5 d. dull purple & blue, Die II, a used horizontal pair tied to small piece by "Cambridge" circular datestamps (Jan 23, 1904) in black, minor scuff at upper right but no fading of colour, a fine and very unusual stamp in a used multiple. Cert. BPA (2020) Gi L41 = £ 3'000.rnrnProvenance: 'The Eastbourne Find', Harmers, London, 14 June 2005, lot 799.rn 
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    Lot# : 3402 Great Britain

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    Admiralty Official 1903 (Sept-Oct): ½ d. blue-green and 1 d. scarlet, overprint L10 with narrow 'M', both in matching unused blocks of twenty-four (6 x 4), of fresh vibrant colour, some minor spliiting on perfs., unmounted og. Exceptional and rare multiples: most probably the largest now extant. Certs. BPA (1979, 1980) Gi MO30+MO31 = £ 3'000+.rnrnProvenace: Collection Sir Gawaine Baillie, Sotheby's, London, 30 Sept 2005, lots 1456 and 1459.
    Starting bid : 850 CHF
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