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  • Lot# : 6381 Victoria

    Murray River Steam Navigation Co 1869: Lithographed by H.P. Niven at Ballarat, the unused set of four values: ½ d. black, 1 d. red, 2 d. blue and 3 d. green, all with good margins and reasonable perforations for this issue with partial og., sold together with two further genuine ½ d. black unused, a 'used' 2 d. in a pale shade and not guaranteed and a defective 3 d. green; an 1880's defective "Wm. McCulloch & Co." 6 d. green Parcels stamp for registration, and an 1880 advertising cover for Wm. McCulloch's Companies and Branches - note that he was Agent for G. W. Wheatley & Co. who started off in business with Thomas Waghorn.
    Starting bid : 350 CHF
    Hammer price : 950 CHF

    Lot# : 6382 Victoria

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    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) addressed to George Langford Esq. in Echuca, tied by "JKM 10.2.69" in 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 : 15,000 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold
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