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Catalogue 283: Ceylon & Maldive Islands – The ‘BESANÇON’ Collection (part I)
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  • Lot# : 9001 Ceylon

    Wreck Mail 1862: Cover from Galle to London endorsed "via Southampton", carried on P.& O. Steamer ‘Colombo', with "GALLE / POST PAID" despatch cds in red (Nov 6), overstruck by fine strike of framed "Saved from the wreck of / the Colombo" in black. The adhesive floated off due to the wreck, with 'London EC / Paid' cds of receipt (Jan 1, 1863) in red below. Condition much above average for these submerged covers, a scarce and most attractive example.rnrnNote: The 'Colombo' was en route from Australia to England and foundered off Minicoy Island, the most southern of the Laccadives in the Indian Ocean, three hundred miles due west of the southern tip of India on November 19 in a monsoon. The ship was flooded, but all the passengers were safely transferred by lifeboats to the island. The passengers and mail were all rescued by the ‘Ottawa’ on November 30. The boxes of mail were recovered by divers. This is the first recorded cachet applied to Australasian wreck mail.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 650 CHF

    Lot# : 9002 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1856/57: Proof by Perkins Bacon for the initial issue, 6 d. pale purple-brown, imperforate with clear to large margins all round, marginal from top of sheet showing the major re-entry across "SIX PENCE" (position 6 on the sheet). Rare.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
    Hammer price : 260 CHF

    Lot# : 9003 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1856/57: Proof by Perkins Bacon for the initial issue, 6 d. pale purple-brown on lightly blued unwatermarked wove paper, a block of six margins good to touched in places, positions 87-89 / 99-101, horizontal crease but a scarce and not unattractive multiple.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
    Hammer price : 360 CHF

    Lot# : 9004 Ceylon

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    Recess by Perkins Bacon on blued paper 1857 (April 1): 6 d. purple-brown on blued paper, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used horizontal strip of three in a rich shade, good to large margins all round, neatly cancelled by grid obliterators in black. An exceptional multiple, the largest recorded strip known is two rejoined strips of three (ex Hackmey, sale 1, lot 20). Exceptional and of great rarity. Cert. RPSL (1956).rnrnProvenance: Collection J.H.G. Galbraith, Stanley Gibbons by Private Treaty, London, 1989.
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,900 CHF

    Lot# : 9005 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1856/57: Plate Proof by Perkins Bacon for the initial issue, 1 d. black imperforate on medium yellowish wove paper, an unused block oif six (2 x 3), marginal from top of sheet with clear to good margins all round (difficult to find - the stamps were misaligned on the plate, causing most multiples to be touched). Fresh and very fine without the usual creasing.
    Starting bid : 350 CHF
    Hammer price : 600 CHF

    Lot# : 9006 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon on white paper 1857: 1 d. deep turquoise-blue, wmk. Star, imperforate on white paper, a used example with large margins on three sides and just shaved at lower left, with vertical marginal watermark line at left, variety "Double Impression", lightly cancelled in black. An exceptional and extremely unusual stamp.rnrnProvenance: Collection Baron Anthony de Worms, Harmers, London, 20-23 June 1938.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,600 CHF

    Lot# : 9007 Ceylon

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    Recess by Perkins Bacon on white paper 1857: 1 d. blue, wmk. Star, imperforate, variety on blued paper, a horizontal strip of five, margins just clear to mostly large with fifth stamp showing portion of adjoining stamp at right, used on 1861 cover to Calcutta cancelled by barred obliterators in black. "GALLE / POST PAID" despatch cds in red below (Nov 22). Reverse with framed "FORWARDED BY / JOHN BLACK / GALLE" cachet and Calcutta arrival in red (Nov 30). One vertical file fold crosses the adhesives but a charming and very scarce usage. Cert. RPSL (1970).
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,000 CHF

    Lot# : 9008 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon on white paper 1857: 1 d. deep turquoise-blue, wmk. Star, imperforate, variety on blued paper, a single example on 1858 entire letter to Colombo, with huge margins all round and portion of adjoining stamp at right, tied by barred obliterator with blurred 'Kandy' cds of despatch in black on reverse and Colombo arrival (Oct 24) on obverse. A delightful and scarce entire.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,500 CHF

    Lot# : 9009 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857: Plate Proof by Perkins Bacon for the initial issue, 2 d. black imperforate on medium yellowish wove paper, an unused horizontal pair, marginal from right of sheet, with clear to good margins all round, typical minor pressed bend but fine and attractive.
    Starting bid : 100 CHF
    Hammer price : 140 CHF

    Lot# : 9010 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857 (Aug 24): 2 d. green, wmk. Star, imperforate, an unused example of fresh rich colour, sheet marginal at right with large margins all round, trivial cracking on large part og. Superb Gi = £ 200.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
    Hammer price : 240 CHF

    Lot# : 9011 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857 (Aug 24): 2 d. green, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used example with large margins all round and portion of adjoining stamp at right, in a  deep vividly intense shade probably from a very early impression, lightly cancelled in black. Choice and most unusual Gi = £ 65.
    Starting bid : 100 CHF
    Hammer price : 100 CHF

    Lot# : 9012 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857 (Aug 24): 2 d. green, wmk. Star, imperforate, the spectacular unused block of thirty-four and a single example (position 36), from the top of the sheet and showing the full sheet corner margins, of fabulous fresh colour witth a yelllowish tinge, generally large margins all round, slight scissor cut affects position 23 at base, of no significance, with this multiple demonstrating the misalignment between the stamps exceptionally well; one or two wrinkles on large part or unmounted og. The largest recorded multiple of this stamp (the Boucher, Burrus, 'Serendib', Hackmey block was of sixteen subjects, the Agabeg block was of twelve); this item never offered on the open market in the last 35 years; a truly fabulous Exhibition piece.rnrnProvenance: Collection Baron Anthony de Worms, Harmers, London, 20-23 June 1938, lot 106.rn                   Purchased privately November 1986.rn 
    Starting bid : 10,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 25,000 CHF

    Lot# : 9013 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857 (Aug 24): 2 d. green, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used horizontal pair with good margins all round, left hand stamp showing substantial re-entries in CEYLON, lightly cancelled in black. First stamp with vertical crease not affecting the appearance of a most attractive pair Gi = £ 130+.rnrnProvenancxe: Collection J.H.G. Galbraith.
    Starting bid : 100 CHF
    Hammer price : 180 CHF

    Lot# : 9014 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857 (Aug 24): 2 d. green, wmk. Star, imperforate, the extraordinary used block of twenty (4 x 5), marginal from left of sheet, just touched to large margins all round with surprisingly light cancellations in black; of fine colour but the edges with six small inclusioned tears not greatly detracting from the beauty of the largest known used multiple of this stamp (the second largest was ex Burrus and is a block of sixteen). Sold together with a 1954 letter from Cyril Harmer in London to the owner "your block, despite its defects, which do not seem to be very serious, is certainly a most fantastic piece". An Exhibiition item for the connoisseur.
    Starting bid : 3,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 19,000 CHF

    Lot# : 9015 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857 (Aug 24): 2 d. yellowish-green, wmk. Star, imperforate, an unused horizontal pair, marginal from right of sheet with clear to generally large margins all round, of fine fresh colour, typical slight wrinkles on superb large part og. A rare multiple Gi = £ 1'000+.rnrnProvenance: Tommy Allen.
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
    Hammer price : 420 CHF

    Lot# : 9016 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857 (Aug 24): 2 d. yellowish-green, wmk. Star, imperforate, an unused example, corner marginal from top left of sheet, ample to large margins all round, typical light wrinkles on large part og. A most attractive stamp Gi = £ 500.rnrnProvenance: Collection D.C. Gray.rn                   Collection Lars Amundsen, Stanley Gibbons, 6-8 Dec 1967, lot 173.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 600 CHF

    Lot# : 9017 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1858/59: Die Proof for the 4 d. value in black on thin India paper affixed to card (25 x 31 mm.), fresh and very fine and extremely rare.rnrnProvenance: Collection R.C. Agabeg, Harmers, London, 20 May 1982, lot 2047.rn                   Spink, London, 8 Nov 2006, lot 1215.
    Starting bid : 1,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,500 CHF

    Lot# : 9018 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1858/59: Plate Proof for the 4 d. value in deep black, imperforate on slightly rough wove paper, good to large margins all round, fresh and very fine.
    Starting bid : 120 CHF
    Hammer price : 120 CHF

    Lot# : 9019 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1858/59: Plate Proof for the 4 d. value in deep black, imperforate on slightly rough wove paper, a block of twelve (4 x 3) with enormous margins all round, fresh and very fine. Slight ironed wrinkles not detracting from the appearance of a most attractive and rare multiple: the largest recorded.rnrnProvenance: Collection Baron Anthony de Worms, Harmers, London, 20-23 June 1938.
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,400 CHF

    Lot# : 9020 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857/59: Die Proof for the 5 d. value in deep black, imperforate on thin toned India paper, adhered to to presentation card (40 x 43 mm.). Rare - there are no Plate Proofs known for the 5 d. value.
    Starting bid : 1,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,500 CHF

    Lot# : 9021 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857/59: 5 d. chestnut, wmk. Star, imperforate, an unused example with large even margins all round, of rich colour, fresh and fine but for horizontal wrinkles on large part og., and possibly from the same sheet as the horizontal pair also offered in this sale. A rare stamp. Signed A. Diena Gi = £ 1'600.
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
    Hammer price : 400 CHF

    Lot# : 9022 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857/59: 5 d. chestnut, wmk. Star, imperforate, an unused vertical pair with clear to large margins all round and showing sheet margin at top, of delightful rich colour, fresh and fine but for one or two insignificant tone spots on large part og. A magnificent multiple, unused pairs being the largest recorded, this vertical pair believed unique Gi = £ 3'200+.rnrnProvenance: Collection Alfred H. Caspary, Harmers, New York, 24-26 Feb 1958, lot 370.
    Starting bid : 1,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 3,000 CHF

    Lot# : 9023 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857/59: 5 d. chestnut, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used example of good colour, ample to large margins all round with portion of adjoining stamp at left, used on 1859 'Asia Rate' cover to Aden tied by barred obliterator in black. Written to the care of the P&O Agent in Aden with recipient's name re-written; backstamped "GALLE / STEAMER LETTER" in red (Dec 17) with 'Steamer Point' arrival adjacent in red. A most unusual destination.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,000 CHF

    Lot# : 9024 Ceylon

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    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857/59: 5 d. chestnut, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used example in a vivid shade, large even margins all round, used on 1859 'Asia Rate' entire letter to Shanghai endorsed 'Paid' and 'per Norma', cancelled by barred obliterator in black. Reverse with "GALLE / STEAMER LETTER" despatch in red (Dec 22) and 'HONG KONG' cds in blue (Jan 13, 1860). File folds away from adhesive, a fine entire. Cert. Philatelic Foundation (1973).rnrnProvenance: Corinphila sale 56, 8-13 Oct 1973, lot 6197.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,000 CHF

    Lot# : 9025 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857/59: 5 d. chestnut, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used example sharing small piece with 1 s. slate-violet, clear to large margins all round, slightest corner bend on the 1 s. not detracting from the fine appearance, each cancelled by barred obliterator handstamps. A fine piece Gi = £ 350.rnrnProvenance: Collection J.H.G. Galbraith.
    Starting bid : 120 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 9026 Ceylon

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    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1859: 6 d. purple-brown on white paper, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used horizontal pair in a rich shade, ample to large margins all round, neatly cancelled by barred obliterators in black. A scarce and most attractive multiple. Cert. RPSL (1970) Gi = £ 280+.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
    Hammer price : 320 CHF

    Lot# : 9027 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1859: 6 d. purple-brown on white paper, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used example of good colour, margins clear to large all round, tied to small piece by barred obliterator in black with "Paid / London" cds in red at left (March 7, 1859). A fine and scarce early usage.
    Starting bid : 120 CHF
    Hammer price : 120 CHF

    Lot# : 9028 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1859: 6 d. purple-brown on white paper, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used example on 1859 single rate cover to London endorsed 'via Southampton', three good margins but just shaved at base, neatly tied by barred obliterator in black. Reverse with "COLOMBO / STEAMER LETTER" despatch in red (Jan 15) and front showing 'Paid / London' arrival cds (Feb 15). Almost certainly the earliest recorded usage of this stamp on letter, Gibbons list the issue date as '1859'. A scarce and attractive cover.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
    Hammer price : 650 CHF

    Lot# : 9029 Ceylon

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    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1858/59: Plate Proof for the 8 d. value in black, imperforate on wove unwatermarked paper, clear to large margins all round. Scarce. Cert. RPSL (1994).
    Starting bid : 350 CHF
    Hammer price : 600 CHF

    Lot# : 9030 Ceylon

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    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1859 (April 23): 8 d. brown on white paper, wmk. Star, imperforate, an outstanding unused example of astonishing depth of colour with fine even margins all round, fresh and extremely fine, superb large part og. A magnificent example of an immensely rare stamp. Patrick C. Pearson in his London Philatelist 1984/87 series of articles "Ceylon 'Pence' Rarities - Where are they now?" stated less than 30 unused stamps recorded! Cert. RPSL (1960) Gi = £ 28'000.rnrnProvenance: Collection Da Silva, Harmers, London, 12 Jan 1959.rn                   Collection Lars Amundsen, Stanley Gibbons, London, 6-8 Dec 1967, lot 178.
    Starting bid : 15,000 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 9031 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1858/59: Die Proof for the 9 d. value in black on thin India paper affixed to card (25 x 31 mm.), fresh and very fine and extremely rare.rnrnProvenance: Collection R.C. Agabeg, Harmers, London, 20 May 1982, lot 2050.
    Starting bid : 1,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,500 CHF

    Lot# : 9032 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1859 (April 23): 9 d. purple-brown on white paper, wmk. Star, imperforate, the wonderful unused example of fresh vibrant colour with fine even margins all round and portion of adjoining stamp at base, merest hint of horizontal bend at base in no way detracting from the lovely appearance of this famous stamp; fresh and extremely fine, trivial age spot on otherwise superb large part og. A spectacular example of an immensely rare stamp. Patrick C. Pearson in his London Philatelist 1984/87 series of articles "Ceylon 'Pence' Rarities - Where are they now?" stated less than 20 unused stamps recorded! Signed Georg Bühler. Certs. Bühler (1981), BPA (1981) Gi = £ 60'000.rnrnProvenance: Collection Alfred H. Caspary, Harmers, New York, 24-26 Feb 1958, lot 389.rn                   Collection Lars Amundsen, Stanley Gibbons, London, 6-8 Dec 1967, lot 179.
    Starting bid : 25,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 36,000 CHF

    Lot# : 9033 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1859 (April 23): 9 d. purple-brown on white paper, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used example of fine colour with ample to large even margins all round and showing portion of adjoining stamp at top, cancelled by barred obliterator in black. A very scarce stamp. Signed Roumet Gi = £ 900.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 9034 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1859 (April 23): 9 d. purple-brown on white paper, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used example of fine colour with large margins all round, lightly cancelled by barred obliterator in black. A very scarce stamp Gi = £ 900.rnrnProvenance: Collection J.H.G. Galbraith.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 550 CHF

    Lot# : 9035 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1859 (April 23): 9 d. purple-brown on white paper, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used example of fine colour with large margins all round, used on small piece with equally fine 1857 1 s. slate-violet, each cancelled by barred obliterator in black. A most attractive and scarce piece Gi = £ 1'100+.rnrnProvenance: Collection Baron Anthony de Worms, Harmers, London, 20-23 June 1938, lot 246.rn                     Collection Louise Boyd Dale & Alfred F. Lichtenstein, Harmers, New York, 19 Feb 1969, lot 759.
    Starting bid : 450 CHF
    Hammer price : 700 CHF

    Lot# : 9036 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857: Plate Proof for the 10 d. value in black on unwatermarked wove paper, a horizontal pair, sheet marginal at right with large margins all round.
    Starting bid : 120 CHF
    Hammer price : 140 CHF

    Lot# : 9037 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857: 10 d. dull vermilion, wmk. Star, imperforate, an unused example without gum, marginal from top of sheet with narrow vertical margins, overprinted with diagonal "Specimen" in manuscript. Scarce and most unusual.rnrnProvenance: Collection Patrick Pearson RDP., Harmers, London, 13 April 1983, lot 1082.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,200 CHF

    Lot# : 9038 Ceylon

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    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857: 10 d. dull vermilion, wmk. Star, imperforate, an unused example with good to large margins all round, surface rub, part og. Cert. BPA (1959) Gi = £ 900.
    Starting bid : 120 CHF
    Hammer price : 120 CHF

    Lot# : 9039 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857: 10 d. dull vermilion, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used example with ample to large margins all round, roughly separated at left but with portion of adjoining stamp at right, of fine fresh colour, unusually cancelled by circular grid handstamp in red. Scarce Gi = £ 325+.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
    Hammer price : 320 CHF

    Lot# : 9040 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857: 10 d. dull vermilion, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used example with large margins all round, on small piece and cancelled by neat strike of "London / Paid" circular datestamp (July 15, 1864) in red. Sublime and wonderful Gi = £ 325+.rnrnProvenance: Collection Louise Boyd Dale & Alfred F. Lichtenstein, Harmers, New York, 19 Feb 1969, lot 753.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,000 CHF

    Lot# : 9041 Ceylon

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    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857: Die Proof for the 1 s. value printed in black on India paper and applied to card (46 x 42 mm.), fresh and very fine, rare. Cert. BPA (1979).rnrnProvenance: Collection Rev. G.E.K. Cornwall-Brooks, Harmers, London, 20 March 1979.
    Starting bid : 1,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,500 CHF

    Lot# : 9042 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857: Plate Proof for the 1 s. value printed in black on unwatermarked wove paper, a horizontal pair, sheet marginal at right, fresh and very fine.
    Starting bid : 100 CHF
    Hammer price : 140 CHF

    Lot# : 9043 Ceylon

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    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857: 1 s. slate-violet, wmk Star, imperforate, an unused example with good to large margins all round, in a dull shade, unused without gum and some pressed wrinkles, nevertheless an extremely rare stamp in unused condition with few recorded. Cert. BPA (1947) Gi = £ 5'500.
    Starting bid : 1,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,700 CHF

    Lot# : 9044 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857/59: 1 s. slate-violet, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used example of fresh colour with large margins all round and showing portion of adjoining stamp at base, on 1859 entire letter at double rate from Colombo endorsed "Per Overland Mail via Marseilles" to London, tied by barred obliterator in black. Reverse with "COLOMBO / POST PAID" in red (April 15) and obverse with 'London / Paid' cds (May 16) in red. Charming and scarce.rnrnProvenance: Collection Rev. G.E.K. Cornwall-Brooks, Harmers, London, 20 March 1979, lot 94.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
    Hammer price : 3,400 CHF

    Lot# : 9045 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857: Plate Proof for the 1 s. 9 d. value printed in black on unwatermarked wove paper, a block of four, fresh and very fine.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 280 CHF

    Lot# : 9046 Ceylon

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    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857/61: 1 s. 9 d. green, wmk. Star, imperforate, an unused example with ample margins on two sides and large at base and at top, of fresh vibrant colour. Minor horizontal bend not affecting the fine appearance of a scarce stamp. Cert. RPSL (1960) Gi = £ 800.rnrnProvenance: Collection Baron Anthony de Worms, Harmers, London, 20 June 1938.rn                   Collection Lars Amundsen, Stanley Gibbons, London, 6-8 Dec 1969, lot 182.rn                   Harmers, London, 8 July 1999, lot 835.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 300 CHF

    Lot# : 9047 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857/61: 1 s. 9 d. green, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used example with good to exceptionally large margins all round, showing portions of adjoining stamps on three sides, beautifully cancelled by oval barred "A" obliterator in black. Delightful Gi = £ 800+.rnrnProvenance: Collection Baron Anthony de Worms, Harmers, London, 20-23 June 1938, lot 255.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,600 CHF

    Lot# : 9048 Ceylon

    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).Recess by Perkins Baconrnrn1857/61: 1 s. 9 d. green, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used example with large even margins all round and portion of adjoining stamp at left, of exquisite bright colour, struck with "CANCELLED" obliterator in black. Of the six stamps produuced for Ormond Hill, one (position 1) was destroyed, position 2 is housed in the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, position 6 is repaired and cut to shape on all four sides of the design and this (position 3) remains the sole example in good condition available in private hands. Exceptional and of great rarity. Signed Gilbert / Paris Gi = £ 9'500.rnrnProvenance: Collection Alfred H. Caspary, Harmers, New York, 24-26 Feb 1958, lot 401.
    Starting bid : 7,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 14,500 CHF

    Lot# : 9049 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857: Plate Proof for the 2 s. value printed in black on somewhat rough unwatermarked wove paper, a block of four, margins close but clear all round, fresh and very fine.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 280 CHF

    Lot# : 9050 Ceylon

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    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1859 (April 23): 2 s. dull blue, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used example with large margins all round, superb fresh colour, extremely lightly cancelled by barred obliterator in black. Exceptionally fine and rare. Cert. RPSL (1972) Gi = £ 1'300.rnrnProvenance: Commander F.W. Collins, St. Cross, Winchester.rn                   Collection R.C. Agabeg, Harmers, London, 20 May 1982, lot 2147.
    Starting bid : 850 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,100 CHF

    Lot# : 9051 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1859 (April 23): 2 s. dull blue, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used example with ample to large margins all round, part sheet marginal watermark in the wide margin at left, of fine fresh colour, lightly cancelled by barred obliterator in black. A very scarce stamp so fine Gi = £ 1'300.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
    Hammer price : 950 CHF

    Lot# : 9052 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1859 (April 23): 2 s. dull blue, wmk. Star, imperforate, a used example shaved at base but with large margins at sides showing portions of adjoining stamps, on piece with magnificent 1 s. 9 d. green with full large margins all round and portion of adjoining stamp at top and 5 d. chestnut with four margins, all of fine fresh colour, lightly cancelled by barred obliterators in black. A delightful and rare piece Gi = £ 2'250+.
    Starting bid : 1,200 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,500 CHF

    Lot# : 9053 Ceylon

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    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1857/59: 2 d. green, wmk. Star, privately rouletted, a used example of reasonable appearance with repaired defect at top left corner, and touched at right, showing rouletting clearly at left and at top, cancelled by barred obliterator in black. The roulettes are now believed to have been made by a private company to facilitate handling rather than being of Trial status. Despite the imperfections, a rare and very rarely offered stamp. Cert. RPSL (1938) Gi = £ 2'750.rnrnProvenance: Collection Baron Anthony de Worms, Harmers, London, 20-23 June 1938.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
    Hammer price : 850 CHF

    Lot# : 9054 Ceylon

    Typographed by De La Rue 1857: De La Rue Die Proof / Essay for ½ d. value on thick glazed card (22.5 x 26 mm.), a very early Proof - the stamp being square rather than rectangular as issued, with the design and background in grey and the legends in black. Some peripheral aging at sides but of great importance - this being the first British Colonial stamp to be entrusted to De La Rue. Rare.rnrnProvenance: Collection Bailey.
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,200 CHF

    Lot# : 9055 Ceylon

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    Typographed by De La Rue 1857: ½ d. reddish lilac on unwatermarked blued glazed paper, imperforate, an unused example with good to large margins all round, trivial rub at top otherwise fresh and fine, large part og. A rare stamp. Cert. BPA (1983) Gi = £ 4'250.
    Starting bid : 1,200 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,600 CHF

    Lot# : 9056 Ceylon

    Typographed by De La Rue 1857: ½ d. reddish lilac on unwatermarked blued glazed paper, imperforate, a used example with good to huge margins on two sides and portion of adjoining stamp at top, lightly cancelled by barred obliterator in black; without the usual surface rubbing, a scarce stamp. Signed Calves, A. Diena Gi = £ 650.rn 
    Starting bid : 220 CHF
    Hammer price : 220 CHF

    Lot# : 9057 Ceylon

    Typographed by De La Rue 1858: ½ d. dull mauve on unwatermarked glazed paper, imperforate, an unused block of twelve (4 x 3), sheet marginal at left with large margins all round, of lovely fresh colour, superb unmounted og. A rare and most attractive multiple Gi = £ 1'600+.rnrnProvenance: Harmers, London, 17-18 Nov 1981, lot 422.rnrnNote: Probably from the 'Mayfair Find', Harmers, London, 9 Nov 1925, ex lots 10 or 11.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
    Hammer price : 750 CHF

    Lot# : 9058 Ceylon

    Typographed by De La Rue 1858: ½ d. dull mauve on unwatermarked glazed paper, imperforate, an unused block of thirty (5 x 6), sheet corner marginal from top right, with large margins all round, of lovely fresh colour, some creasing not detracting from the stunning appearance, large part or unmounted og. A rare and spectacularly attractive multiple Gi = £ 6'000+.rnrnProvenance: 'Mayfair Find', Harmers, London, 9 Nov 1925, ex lot 11.rn                   Collection Wise (1946).rn                   Spink, London, 12 April 2007, lot 799.
    Starting bid : 2,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 3,600 CHF

    Lot# : 9059 Ceylon

    Typographed by De La Rue 1858: ½ d. dull mauve on unwatermarked glazed paper, imperforate, an unused horizontal strip of four, marginal from left of sheet, of good colour for this delicate shade, fresh and fine, large part og. A scarce and attractive multiple Gi = £ 800+.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 220 CHF

    Lot# : 9060 Ceylon

    Typographed by De La Rue 1864: ½ d. dull mauve on unwatermarked glazed paper, perf. 12½, an unused example of fine colour, unusually well centred, part og. Scarcer than catalogue value suggests Gi = £ 225.rnrnProvenance: Tommy Allen.rn 
    Starting bid : 120 CHF
    Hammer price : 160 CHF

    Lot# : 9061 Ceylon

    Typographed by De La Rue 1864: ½ d. dull mauve on unwatermarked glazed paper, perf. 12½, a used horizontal pair of fine delicate colour, cancelled by two strikes of the barred obliterator in black and by part 'London / Paid' in red. Scarce Gi = £ 360+.
    Starting bid : 140 CHF
    Hammer price : 260 CHF

    Lot# : 9062 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1861/64: 1 d. light blue, wmk. Star, clean-cut and intermediate perf. 14 to 15½, an unused example of stunning rich colour, perfectly centred for the issue, fresh and fine, large part og. Rare Gi = £ 2'500.rnrnProvenance: Collection Alexander Reid, Spink, London, 11 March 2010, lot 57.
    Starting bid : 850 CHF
    Hammer price : 850 CHF

    Lot# : 9063 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1861/64: 2 d. green, wmk. Star, clean-cut and intermediate perf. 14 to 15½, an unused example of fine fresh colour, well centred, large part og. Scarce thus Gi = £ 275.
    Starting bid : 120 CHF
    Hammer price : 120 CHF

    Lot# : 9064 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1861/64: 2 d. green, wmk. Star, clean-cut and intermediate perf. 14 to 15½, two single examples with a 1 d. dull blue, used on 1862 "Asia Rate" cover from Colombo endorsed "per Str. from Galle" to Calcutta, lightly cancelled by barred obliterators in black. Reverse with "COLOMBO / POST PAID" despatch in red (Nov 1) and Calcutta arrival cds in red. A scarce cover.rnrnProvenance: Collection Rev. G.E.K. Cornwall-Brooks, Harmers, London, 20 March 1979, lot 138.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,400 CHF

    Lot# : 9065 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1861/64: 4 d. dull rose, wmk. Star, clean-cut and intermediate perf. 14 to 15½, an unused example of fresh colour, corner marginal from upper left of the sheet showing the watermark lines and near perfect centering, miniscule age spots in no way detract from the beauty of this stamp, unmounted og. Exceptional Gi = £ 2'250+.rn 
    Starting bid : 1,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,800 CHF

    Lot# : 9066 Ceylon

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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).rnrn1861/64: 5 d. chestnut, wmk. Star, clean-cut and intermediate perf. 14 to 15½, the exceptional example with large part "CANCELLED" obliterator cancels, of the six examples sent to Ormond Hill, just four are recorded, this example being position 2; position 4 is housed in the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and position 5 was sold by Corinphila in November 2018, formerly housed in the Joseph Hackmey collection. This example illustrated in the Robson Lowe Encyclopaedia. Rare and very fine. Cert. BPA (1984) Gi = £ 8'000.rnrnProvenance: Collection Ernest Lye, Robson Lowe, London, 8 May 1946.
    Starting bid : 3,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 5,500 CHF

    Lot# : 9067 Ceylon

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    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1861/64: 8 d. brown, wmk. Star, clean-cut and intermediate perf. 14 to 15½, an unused example, corner marginal from upper left corner of the sheet, of remarkably rich colour; showing the watermark lines in margin, trivial age spot in margin at top otherwise remarkably fresh and very fine, superb large part og. A magnificent example of this rarity, for the connoisseur. Cert. RPSL (1990) Gi = £ 2'500+.
    Starting bid : 1,200 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,500 CHF

    Lot# : 9068 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1861/64: 8 d. brown, wmk. Star, clean-cut and intermediate perf. 14 to 15½, an unused example of fine centering and bold colour, with portions of adjoining stamps at left and at right, some minor blunting to perforations as normal, unused without gum. A very rare stamp Gi = £ 2'500.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
    Hammer price : 750 CHF

    Lot# : 9069 Ceylon

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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).rnrn1861/64: 8 d. brown, wmk. Star, clean-cut and intermediate perf. 14 to 15½, the third recorded example, position 5 on the block of six (see Jaffé page 33) with parts of two "CANCELLED" obliterator handstamps in black, the stamp of resonant colour and in the foremost quality but for some perforations being recut for display; this example being the stamp adjacent to the other recorded example, position 6 (ex collection Ernest Lye, Joseph Hackmey) and below that of position 2, which is housed in the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Unillustrated in the Jaffé handbook. One of just two examples known in private hands. Cert. BPA (1989) Gi = £ 10'000.rnrnProvenance: Collection Ernest Lye, Robson Lowe, London, Oct 1951.rn                   Collection Joseph Hackmey FRPSL, Spink Shreves, New York, 18 Feb 2009, lot 189.
    Starting bid : 5,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 12,500 CHF

    Lot# : 9070 Ceylon

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    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1861/64: 9 d. purple-brown, wmk. Star, clean-cut and intermediate perf. 14 to 15½, an unused example of lovely deep resonant colour, trace of adjoining frame line at left, fresh and very fine, without gum. A superb example of this rarity and very possibly the finest extant. Cert. BPA (2009) Gi = £ 15'000.rnrnProvenance: Collection Rear Admiral Frederic Harris, Harmers, New York, Feb 1951, lot 304.rn                  Collection Joseph Hackmey FRPSL, Spink Shreve, New York, 18 Feb 2009, lot 148.rn                  Collection Alexander Reid, Spink, London, 11 March 2010, lot 61.
    Starting bid : 7,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 9,500 CHF

    Lot# : 9071 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1861/64: 9 d. purple-brown, wmk. Star, clean-cut and intermediate perf. 14 to 15½, a used example, well centred and of good colour showing part of adjoining stamp at right, lightly cancelled in black. A scarce stamp Gi = £ 250.
    Starting bid : 120 CHF
    Hammer price : 120 CHF

    Lot# : 9072 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1861/64: 1 s. slate-violet, wmk. Star, clean-cut and intermediate perf. 14 to 15½, an unused horizontal pair of fine speckled colour, well centred, large part og. Gi = £ 280+.
    Starting bid : 120 CHF
    Hammer price : 260 CHF

    Lot# : 9073 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1861/64: 1 s. slate-violet, wmk. Star, clean-cut and intermediate perf. 14 to 15½, an unused block of four, in a slightly pale shade, fresh and fine, large part og. Scarce and most attractive Gi = £ 560+.rnrnProvenance: Collection Rev. G.E.K. Cornwall-Brooks, Harmers, London, 20 May 1982, lot 115.
    Starting bid : 240 CHF
    Hammer price : 280 CHF

    Lot# : 9074 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1862/64: 4 d. rose-red, wmk. Star, rough perf. 14 to 15½, an unused example of fine centering and vivid fresh colour, portion of adjoining stamp at base, large part og. A very scarce stamp Gi = £ 600.
    Starting bid : 220 CHF
    Hammer price : 300 CHF

    Lot# : 9075 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1862/64: 4 d. deep rose-red, wmk. Star, rough perf. 14 to 15½, an unused example of fine centering and rich colour, large part og. A very scarce stamp Gi = £ 700.
    Starting bid : 220 CHF
    Hammer price : 220 CHF

    Lot# : 9076 Ceylon

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    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1862/64: 6 d. deep (blackish) brown, wmk. Star, rough perf. 14 to 15½, an unused example somewhat centred to base, of rich colour and appearance, unused without gum. A fine example of a very scarce stamp. Cert. RPSL (1962) Gi = £ 1'300.rnrnProvenance: Collection Rev. G.E.K. Cornwall-Brooks, Harmers, London, 20 March 1979, lot 121.
    Starting bid : 350 CHF
    Hammer price : 360 CHF

    Lot# : 9077 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1862/64: 8 d. brown, wmk. Star, rough perf. 14 to 15½, a used example of deep colour, cancelled by barred obliterator in black. Scarce so fine Gi = £ 650.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 360 CHF

    Lot# : 9078 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1862/64: 8 d. yellow-brown, wmk. Star, rough perf. 14 to 15½, an unused block of four, one stamp with diagonal bend and all somewhat toned but of good colour, large part og. A scarce multiple Gi = £ 6'400+.rnrnProvenance: Collection Rev. G.E.K. Cornwall-Brooks, Harmers, London, 20 March 1979, lot 124.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,700 CHF

    Lot# : 9079 Ceylon

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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).rnrn1862/64: 9 d. deep brown, wmk. Star, rough perf. 14 to 15½, the third recorded example, position 5 on the block of six (see Jaffé page 34) with two part strikes of "CANCELLED" obliterator handstamp in black, the stamp of resonant colour and in the foremost quality; this example being the stamp below the other recorded example, position 2 (ex collection Latto); and position 6, which is housed in the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. One of just two examples known in private hands. Cert. RPSL (2007) Gi = £ 9'000.rnrnProvenance: Collection Ernest Lye, Robson Lowe, London, October 1951.rn                   Collection Joseph Hackmey FRPSL, Spink Shreves, New York, 18 Feb 2009, lot 191.
    Starting bid : 4,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 6,500 CHF

    Lot# : 9080 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1862/64: 9 d. light brown, wmk. Star, rough perf. 14 to 15½, an unused example of fine delicate colour, well centred, unused without gum. A rare stamp Gi = £ 1'300.rnrnProvenance: Collection Baron Anthony de Worms, Harmers, London, 20 June 1938.rn                   Collection Alexander Reid, Spink, London, 11 March 2010, lot 73.
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
    Hammer price : 700 CHF

    Lot# : 9081 Ceylon

    Unfortunately this lot was withdrawn from this auction.

    Lot# : 9082 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1862/64: 9 d. light brown, wmk. Star, rough perf. 14 to 15½, a used horizontal pair, showing portion of adjoining stamp at left, lightly cancelled by barred obliterators in black Gi = £ 260+.
    Starting bid : 120 CHF
    Hammer price : 240 CHF

    Lot# : 9083 Ceylon

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    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1862/64: 1 s. slate-violet, wmk. Star, rough perf. 14 to 15½, an unused block of four of fine speckled colour, fresh and very fine, large part og. A scarce and superbly attractive multiple. Cert. RPSL (1974) Gi = £ 900+.rnrnProvenance: Christie's, London, 9 March 1994, lot 2318.
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
    Hammer price : 900 CHF

    Lot# : 9084 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1862/64: 1 s. slate-violet, wmk. Star, rough perf. 14 to 15½, an unused horizontal pair of fine speckled colour, fresh and very fine, large part og. Scarce Gi = £ 450+.
    Starting bid : 120 CHF
    Hammer price : 320 CHF

    Lot# : 9085 Ceylon

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    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1862/64: 1 s. 9 d. light green, wmk. Star, rough perf. 14 to 15½, prepared for use but unissued, an unused example of fine colour, small age spot at lower right, large part og. Scarce. Handstamped C.J. Phillips, Birmingham in blue on reverse. Cert. RPSL (1935) Gi = £ 750.rnrnNote: Charles James Phillips RDP (1863-1940), purchased the firm of Stanley Gibbons in 1890 for £ 25'000. He remained with the company until 1922, when he emigrated to the USA, arranging the sale of the Arthur Hind collections - which were a fantastic success even though sold during the Great Depression.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 9086 Ceylon

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    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1862/64: 1 s. 9 d. light green, wmk. Star, rough perf. 14 to 15½, prepared for use but unissued, an unused example, marginal from left of sheet showing part of POSTAGE watermark, of fine colour, superb large part og. Rare so fine. Cert. Oliva (1986) Gi = £ 750.
    Starting bid : 350 CHF
    Hammer price : 480 CHF

    Lot# : 9087 Ceylon

    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).rnrn1862/64: 2 s. dull blue, wmk. Star, rough perf. 14 to 15½, the fourth recorded example, position 1 on the vertical block of six (see Jaffé page 36) with part strike of "CANCELLED" obliterator handstamp in black, the stamp of resonant colour and in the foremost quality; this example being unillustrated or recorded by Peter Jaffé, position 3 (ex collection Lye) and position 4 (ex Jaffé, Hackmey) are also recorded, position 5 is housed in the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. One of just three examples known in private hands Gi = £ 11'000.rnrnProvenance: Grosvenor, London, 12-13 June 2012, lot 391.
    Starting bid : 5,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 14,500 CHF

    Lot# : 9088 Ceylon

    Recess by Perkins Bacon 1862/64: 2 s. dull blue, wmk. Star, rough perf. 14 to 15½, , an unused example of fine colour, slightly dusty on perfs., large part og. A scarce stamp Gi = £ 750.rnrnProvenance: Collection Louise Boyd Dale & Alfred F. Lichtenstein, Harmers, New York, 19 Feb 1969, lot 831.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 9089 Ceylon

    Recess by De La Rue 1862: 1 d. dull blue, no wmk., smooth paper, perf. 13, a used example somewhat overlapping 1862/64 9 d. olive-sepia, rough perf., tied to 1864 cover from Galle to London endorsed "via Marseilles" by barred obliterator in black. Single ring "GALLE / PAID" cds in red alongside (March 19) and reverse with 'London / Paid' cds of receipt (April 12) in black. Some edge wear to envelope and gum stained between the adhesives but scarce.rnrn 
    Starting bid : 350 CHF
    Hammer price : 460 CHF

    Lot# : 9090 Ceylon

    Recess by De La Rue 1862: 5 d. lake-brown, no wmk., smooth paper, perf. 13, an unused example centred to right, of fine fresh colour, some blunted perfs. at right, superb large part og. A fine example of a rare stamp Gi = £ 1'800.
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 9091 Ceylon

    Recess by De La Rue 1862: 6 d. deep brown, no wmk., smooth paper, perf. 13, an unused horizontal pair of deep fresh colour, fine, large part og. Gi = £ 450+.
    Starting bid : 160 CHF
    Hammer price : 160 CHF

    Lot# : 9092 Ceylon

    Recess by De La Rue 1862: 6 d. deep brown, no wmk., smooth paper, perf. 13, an unused horizontal pair of deep fresh colour, fine, large part og. Gi = £ 450+.
    Starting bid : 160 CHF
    Hammer price : 180 CHF

    Lot# : 9093 Ceylon

    Recess by De La Rue 1862: 9 d. brown, no wmk., smooth paper, perf. 13, an unused example of fine appearance, trace of thin at top and minor aging on perfs. at base (on reverse only), small part og. A most elusive stamp unused Gi = £ 1'300.
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
    Hammer price : 400 CHF

    Lot# : 9094 Ceylon

    Recess by De La Rue 1862: 1 s. slate-purple, no wmk., smooth paper, perf. 13, an unused example of lovely fresh colour, perfs. somewhat closed at right and with the aspect of roulettes, remarkably fine large part og. A very rare stamp Gi = £ 1'800.rnrnProvenance: Tommy Allen.
    Starting bid : 600 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 9095 Ceylon

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    Recess by De La Rue 1862: 1 d. dull blue, no wmk., smooth paper, perf. 11½, 12, an unused example centred to left, of good colour, minor horizontal bend not affecting the appearance, large part og. A most elusive stamp and very fine for this rarity. Cert. BPA (1953) Gi = £ 1'800.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
    Hammer price : 650 CHF

    Lot# : 9096 Ceylon

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    Recess by De La Rue 1863/66: 1 d. deep blue, wmk. Crown CC type 5, medium thin paper, perf. 11½-12, an unused example of somewhat truncated appearance as usual, of fine appearance, slightest of wrinkles, without gum; nevertheless a very rare and elusive stamp. Cert. RPSL (2005) Gi = £ 3'500.rnrnProvenance: Collection 'Fernland', Spink, London, 15-15 April 2010, lot 161.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,300 CHF

    Lot# : 9097 Ceylon

    Recess by De La Rue 1863/66: 6 d. sepia, wmk. Crown CC type 5, medium thin paper, perf. 13, a used example with good perforations for this stamp, lightly cancelled by barred obliterator in black Gi = £ 250.rnrn 
    Starting bid : 80 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 9098 Ceylon

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    Recess by De La Rue 1863/66: 9 d. sepia-brown, wmk. Crown CC type 5, medium thin paper, perf. 13, a used example of of fine appearance, cancelled by barred obliterator in black. Cert. RPSL (1953) Gi = £ 1'000.rnrnProvenance: Collection Rev. G.E.K. Cornwall-Brooks, Harmers, London, 20 March 1979, lot 173.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
    Hammer price : 550 CHF

    Lot# : 9099 Ceylon

    Typographed by De La Rue 1864: ½ d. mauve, wmk. Crown CC type 5, perf. 12½, an unused horizontal strip of six, marginal from base of sheet, of lovely colour and fine large part og. with five stamps unmounted og. A charming multiple Gi = £ 330+.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
    Hammer price : 320 CHF

    Lot# : 9100 Ceylon

    Recess by De La Rue 1863/66: 1 d. deep blue, wmk. Crown CC type 5, perf. 12½, a used horizontal strip of five of fine colour, lightly cancelled by barred obliterators in black, all showing the lettered CROWN COLONIES marginal watermark. Some trivial aging at top but a charming multiple.
    Starting bid : 100 CHF
    Hammer price : 140 CHF
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