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  • Lot# : 4501 Great Britain

    House of Lords 1 d. envelope 1840: "(Temporary.) / To be posted at the HOUSE of LORDS only. / Post Paid.-ONE PENNY.-Weight not to exceed ½ oz.", 130 x 89 mm., a fine used example printed in vermilion on laid paper, watermark Britannia in oval, addressed to 'The Lady Isabelle Blachford, Osborne House, Cowes, Isle of Wight' and struck with 'Crown Paid' datestamp (Jan 21) in red, just five days after issue - this being the earliest recorded date of use for a House of Lords envelope. Some light aging not affecting the excellent appearance of an important and rare cover Gi = £ 12'000.rnNote: Lady Isabella Blachford, née Fitzroy, sold Osborne House and the estate to Queen Victoria in 1845 for the sum of £ 26'000 and a 'grace and favour' appartment at Hampton Court.rnProvenance: Harmers, London, 31 July 1996, lot 503.rnReference: Illustrated in 'Parliamentary Envelopes' by Huggins & Klempka page 42 (2013); Illustrated in 'The Mulready' by Huggins & Holyoake page 32 (2015).
    Starting bid : 2,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 4,800 CHF

    Lot# : 4502 Great Britain

    1840: Mulready 1 d. black letter-sheet, stereo obscured by wax seal, with internal "Society for the Extinction of the Slave Trade and for the Civilisation of Africa" advertising inside, mailed from Frome to Croydon cancelled by 1844 type "306" numeral obliterator in black. Reverse with double arc 'Frome' despatch cds (Sept 10, 1844), London transit cds in red and double arc 'Croydon' arrival cds (Sept 11) in black. File fold but very scarce and most attractive late usage Gi = £ 850.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 550 CHF

    Lot# : 4503 Great Britain

    1840: Mulready 2 d. envelope, stereo a197, a used example from London to Lancaster, cancelled contrary to regulations to right of Britannia by fine strike of red Maltese Cross. Reverse with London despatch cds (June 6, 1840) in black. Some minor corner bends and age spot but an attractive usage Gi = £ 2'500.
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,100 CHF

    Lot# : 4504 Great Britain

    1840: Mulready 2 d. blue envelope, stereo a209 and advertising imprint "Webb, Lpool" in POSTAGE panel, a used example o Shrawley, Worcester struck with EDGEHILL / LIVERPOOL at left with Britannia cancelled by neat Maltese Cross in bright orange-red shade. Reverse with double arc 'Liverpool' cds (May 18, 1840) datestamp in red. Unrecorded by Jackson in 'May Dates'. The envelope with horizontal crease at base but of fine appearance and an extremely rare 2 d. 'May Date' usage Gi = £ 17'000.
    Starting bid : 2,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 3,800 CHF

    Lot# : 4505 Great Britain

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    1840: 1 d. black, plate 7, lettered JH, touched to fine margins, used as seal on reverse of 1840 Spooner's Mulready caricature number 4, "Write, Write, Writing", addressed from Tenbury to the Dowager Duchess of Marlborough at Blenheim, Woodstock, tied by red Maltese Cross. Centrally struck on front of caricature with double arc 'Tenbury' despatch cds (Dec 10) in red. The stamp initially torn from the envelope and sensibly reaffixed, treated to reduce toning but displays well and extraordinarily rare. Cert. BPA (2019).
    Starting bid : 2,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 4,200 CHF

    Lot# : 4506 Great Britain

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    1840: 1 d. black, plate 1b, lettered AD, an unused example with large margins all round and full sheet margin at top with imprint "Sheet. Place the..", a remarkable and particularly lovely early impression, fresh and very fine but for minor gum bend not apparent on face and large part og. An exceptional example of this iconic stamp in wonderfully fresh condition. Cert. BPA (1981) Gi AS5= £ 12'000.rnProvenance: Collection 'Magnificent', Harmers, London, 24-25 April 1950, lot 17, when in a marginal strip of eight of which this was the second stamp; Harmers, London, 18-20 Nov 1968, lot 74. As a single stamp, the strip having been cut up.rnrn 
    Starting bid : 2,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 13,500 CHF

    Lot# : 4507 Great Britain

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    1840: 1 d. black, Plate 2, lettered BA, an unused example of good colour with ample to large margins all round, trivial aging in part sheet margin at left, fresh and fine with large part gum of uncertain status. Rare and exceptional. Cert. RPSL (1984) states "unused" Gi AS14 = £ 12'500.
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,600 CHF

    Lot# : 4508 Great Britain

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    1840: 1 d. black, plate 6, lettered JL, State 1, an unused example with good to large margins all round, in a deep shade, fresh and extremely fine, superb large part og. A rare stamp in outstanding quality. Cert. BPA (1983) Gi AS41 = £ 13'500.
    Starting bid : 2,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 4,000 CHF

    Lot# : 4509 Great Britain

    1840: 1 d. black, plate 1b, lettered SC, a used example with large even margins all round, variety "Watermark Crown Inverted", neatly cancelled by near complete strike of black Maltese Cross. Fine and very scarce Gi AS5l = £ 2'000.rnProvenance: Collection 'Minimus' ; Robson Lowe auction 5 June 1980, lot 1070.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,000 CHF

    Lot# : 4510 Great Britain

    1840: 1 d. black, plate 6, lettered DG-DL, a used horizontal strip of six, fine margins at top and at base, just touched at left and at right and first stamp with two diagonal creases, of delightful appearance for such a large multiple, neatly cancelled by black Maltese Crosses. Rare Gi AS41 = £ 3'750 as three pairs.rnProvenance: Collection J.B. Seymour, sale 2, Robson Lowe, London, 6 June 1951, lot 376; Phillips, London, 9 June 1994, lot 283.
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 3,000 CHF

    Lot# : 4511 Great Britain

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    1840: 1 d. black, plate 11, lettered AE, a used example from the rarest of the plates, ample to fine margins all round, cancelled by Maltese Cross in black. A fine example of a rare stamp. Cert. BPA (1986) Gi AS73 = £ 5'000.rn 
    Starting bid : 800 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,600 CHF

    Lot# : 4512 Great Britain

    1840: 1 d. black, plate 1a, lettered JC, a used example with large even margins all round, tied to 1840 entire letter to Leith by red Maltese Cross. Reverse with framed 'Dalkeith' despatch datestamp (June 25) and Edinburgh arrival cds (June 26) both in red. File fold well away from the fine adhesive, an attractive entire Gi AS2 = £ 1'000.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
    Hammer price : 280 CHF

    Lot# : 4513 Great Britain

    1840: 1 d. black, Plate 1a, lettered IJ, a used example with good to large margins all round, lower margin with horizontal scissor cut at base but intact, neatly tied to second page of 1840 entire letter to Halifax, by neat red Maltese Cross. Reverse with London despatch (May 26) in black. A fine and attractive first month of issue cover Gi AS2tj = £ 2'000.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 600 CHF

    Lot# : 4514 Great Britain

    1840: 1 d. black, plate 1a, lettered KD, a fine example with large even margins all round, already showing a grey-ness to the plate, used on 1840 entire letter to Hereford tied by superb strike of the Maltese Cross in red. Reverse, opening well for exhibit display, showing London despatch 'MAY 24 / 1840' datestamp in red, the 'Third Sunday' of use. Manuscript 'Letter to Mama' on front panel - the contents referring to a sale by auction of a family property with notations of losses and gains on the house contents. A very rare and most attractive early usage Gi A1ti = £ 6'500.
    Starting bid : 1,200 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,300 CHF

    Lot# : 4515 Great Britain

    1840: 1 d. black, Plate 2, lettered OK, a used example with clear to large even margins all round, tied to 1840 cover to Holborn, London by crisp red Maltese Cross with 'T. P. / Woolwich' adjacent. Reverse with framed "May 18" arrival in red. A fine and early 'May Date' usage of this Plate on a most attractive cover Gi AS15th = £ 2'500.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
    Hammer price : 4,000 CHF

    Lot# : 4516 Great Britain

    1840: 1 d. grey-black, worn plate, Plate 3, lettered BD, a used example with large margins all round and small portion of adjoining stamp at right, tied to 1841 entire letter to Gautby, Horncastle by Maltese Cross in black. Reverse with double arc "Chester" despatch cds (March 16) with "Horncastle" arrival on front of the following day. A fine and attractive entire Gi AAS21 = £ 1'000.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 360 CHF

    Lot# : 4517 Great Britain

    1840: 1 d. grey-black, worn plate, Plate 3, lettered CG-CH, a used horizontal pair with large margins all round, on 1841 entire letter from Mollington to London and tied by two Maltese Crosses in black. Reverse with double arc "Chester" despatch cds in red (March 3) and, on arrival in London (March 4) the entire was readdressed to Gautby, Horncastle and prepaid '2' (pence) in red manuscript. A fine and scarce entire Gi AS21 = £ 1'700+.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,100 CHF

    Lot# : 4518 Great Britain

    1840: 1 d. black, plate 8, lettered GL, a used example with huge margins all round, tied to 1841 entire letter to Bedale by bold strike of Maltese Cross in black. Reverse with double arc BEVERLEY despatch cds (Feb 23) in black. File fold well away from the superb adhesive, a very fine entire Gi AS46 = £ 1'000.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 700 CHF

    Lot# : 4519 Great Britain

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    1840: 2 d. bright blue, Plate 1, lettered MG, an unused example with clear to large margins all round, of excellent colour, variety "Watermark Inverted", fresh and very fine but regummed. An extremely rare stamp in the foremost quality for this variety in unused condition. An Exhibition item. BPA cert. (1987) stating "unused" not mentioning any gum Gi DS6Aa = £ 80'000 / Gi 5Wi = £ 60'000. rnProvenance: Stanley Gibbons 14 May 1987, lot 221.
    Starting bid : 3,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 9,000 CHF

    Lot# : 4520 Great Britain

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    1840: 2 d. deep full blue, Plate 2, lettered HJ-HK, a used horizontal pair with ample to large margins all round, of fine fresh colour, tiny thin spot on HJ, unusually cancelled by light Maltese Cross cancellations struck in red. Scarce and most attractive pair. Signed Pfenninger. Cert. RPSL (1987) Gi DS8f = £ 2'500.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
    Hammer price : 800 CHF

    Lot# : 4521 Great Britain

    1840: 2 d. pale blue, Plate 1, lettered DE-DG, a used horizontal strip of three with large margins all round, of beautiful colour, neatly tied to small piece by three strikes of the Maltese Cross in red. A fine and attractive multiple Gi DS6 = £ 4'200.
    Starting bid : 800 CHF
    Hammer price : 950 CHF

    Lot# : 4522 Great Britain

    1840: 2 d. blue, Plate 1, lettered ED, a used example with just clear margin at lower right and large margins on three sides, on 1840 local double rate "May Date" cover to Portman Square, London, tied by Maltese Cross in red. "T. P. / High Holborn EC" handstamp in red at left and reverse showing framed arrival (May 16, 1840) clearly struck in red. Ironed out vertical file fold through the adhesive and sensible small repairs to the letter sheet but a rare and very early usage. Listed in Rockoff & Jackson on page 143, with just three 2 d. blue covers known for this Saturday date Gi DS5td = £ 15'000.rnProvenance: Collection Francis Hugh Vallancey, Robson Lowe, London, 20 May 1942, lot 110; Robson Lowe, London, 10 Nov 1948, lot 337.
    Starting bid : 2,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 6,500 CHF

    Lot# : 4523 Great Britain

    Rainbow Trials 1840 (May): Perkins Bacon Rainbow Trial sheet of twelve subjects (4 x 3), State 1, printed in deep blue on stout wove white paper, watermarked with small part of double lined letters 'HARRIS TREMETT' at base. Each Trial impression with ragged waxed top right hand corner missing (the grooves on the Plate were filled with wax and thus failed to print) and without the Corner Lettering. One or two contemporary ink fingerprints on reverse otherwise a lovely sheet, of marvellous rich colour and appearance and the engraving of wonderful depth and clarity. A great rarity for the connoisseur of classical philately Gi = £ 50'000.rnProvenance: DF, Zurich, 3-8 Nov 1996, lot 21954; Harmers, London, 28 Aug 2003, lot 476.
    Starting bid : 6,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 18,000 CHF

    Lot# : 4524 Great Britain

    1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, black plate 1b, lettered RD, sidelines re-cut, large margins all round, neatly cancelled by near complete Maltese Cross in black Gi AS6h = £ 375/Gi 7 = £ 375.
    Starting bid : 100 CHF
    Hammer price : 320 CHF

    Lot# : 4525 Great Britain

    1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, black plate 5, the famous State 3 "PB" re-entry used on delightful cover from Dublin to Cork, the adhesive with clear to large margins all round, tied by neat black Maltese Cross, leaving the re-entry on ONE PENNY at base largely clear. Reverse with embossed 'Friday' design on flap and sealed with tiny 'Hatty' label alongside despatch datestamp (April 8) in red and Cork arrival in black (April 9 - a friday). An exceptional usage - the sole recorded Irish usage of this rare stamp on letter Gi AS32 = £ 2'250.rnProvenance: RL, London, 14 Nov 1962, lot 107; Harmers, London, 9-10 May 1979, lot 95; Collection 'Minimus', RL, Basel, 5 June 1980, lot 1292; Harmers, London, 31 March 1981, lot 235.rn                       
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
    Hammer price : 850 CHF

    Lot# : 4526 Great Britain

    1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, black pl. 10, lettered AA-AF / BA-BF / CA-CF, the magnificent unused block of eighteen (6 x 3) from the upper left corner of the sheet with full sheet margins and Plate "10" in corner with imprint "PRICE 1d. Per Label. 1/- Per Row of 12.  £1 Per Sheet. Place the Labels ABOVE the Address and to...", the original State 1 without the 'O' flaw on 'ONE' on stamps BE and BF, the block with large margins all round and of wondrous colour, minor bends on the second vertical row of no significance, fresh and very fine with large part og. and seven stamps unmounted og. Gi AS69+AS69a = £ 52'500.rnProvenance: Collection Louis Oram Trivett, Plumridges, 6-7 Nov 1924, lot 162; 'A Baronet's Collection' (Baron Anthony de Worms), purchased by Charles Nissen with article and illustration in the "British Philatelist", July 1938 discussing this multiple, a copy of which accompanies the lot; Phillips, London, 17 Feb 1994, lot 322.rnrnNote: The accompanying multiple from the right hand side of the sheet, lettered AG-AL / CG-CL, is housed in the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
    Starting bid : 7,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 23,000 CHF

    Lot# : 4527 Great Britain

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    1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, pl. 87, lettered RC, an unused example with clear to large margins all round, in a lovely rosy shade, variety "P" converted to "R" by hand re-cutting, fresh and fine, large part og. Scarce and attractive stamp. Cert. RPSL (1986) Gi BS29f = £ 600+.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
    Hammer price : 220 CHF

    Lot# : 4528 Great Britain

    1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, lettered AG-AH, an unused horizontal pair, marginal from the top of sheet with imprint '(tow)ards the RIGHT HAND SIDE of the' above, in a lovely rose-red shade on violet tinged paper prominently displayed under the imprint. Fresh and very fine, light diagonal gum bend of no significance, superb large part og. Gi 8 = £ 1'200+.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 550 CHF

    Lot# : 4529 Great Britain

    1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, pl. 122, lettered TJ-TL, an unused horizontal strip of three, marginal from the lower right corner of the sheet showing Plate Number 122 and marginal imprint '(in wettin)g the Back be careful not to remove the Cement.', large margins all round in a bright red shade, fresh and very fine, large part og. A most attractive and extremely appealing multiple Gi BS32 = £ 1'800+.rnProvenance: Luder-Edelmann (Corinphila), Zurich, sale XII, April 1929, lot 942.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
    Hammer price : 3,800 CHF

    Lot# : 4530 Great Britain

    1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, pl. 97, lettered TA, a used example, marginal from the lower left of sheet, roughly separated with clear margin at right and large at top showing portion of adjoining stamp, base with Plate Number 97 and imprint 'PRICE Per L(abel)', cancelled by full strike of '77' numeral obliterator of Halesowen, Worcestershire in black.
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
    Hammer price : 850 CHF

    Lot# : 4531 Great Britain

    1841: 1 d. rose-red on cream paper, pl. 95, lettered AI-AL / DI-DL, a used block of sixteen (4 x 4), huge to large margins on three sides, clear to just touched at left, in a fine rose shade, lightly cancelled by Irish "232" numeral obliterator of Galway in black. Minor ironed bends as to be expected in a multiple this size, a fine and scarce multiple Gi 8 = £ 1`280+.rnProvenance: Phillips, London, 11 July 1991, lot 273.
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,200 CHF

    Lot# : 4532 Great Britain

    Experimental Separation Trials 1850: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, pl. 96, Die I, Alphabet I, lettered JE-JF / KE-KF, Trial perforation 16 by Henry Archer, an unused block of four of superb vibrantly fresh colour, excellent perforations all round, large part somewhat dried og. A magnificent and extremely rare block Gi CE2 = 15`000.rnProvenance: Collection Earl of Crawford as a block HA-HL / QA-QL less HG-HL and LA / MA; Charles Nissen. Split by him as a block of twelve (HA-HF / IA-IF) appeared in a "Baronet`s Collection" (Baron de Worms); Most of the sheet is now housed in the National Postal Museum in London; Harmers, London, 24 Feb 2003, lot 727.
    Starting bid : 2,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 4,200 CHF

    Lot# : 4533 Great Britain

    1841: 1 d. deep red-brown on blued paper, Alphabet II, pl. 161, lettered AA-AD / BA, an unused irregular block of five from upper left corner of the sheet, large margins all round, showing Plate Number 161 and re-entered imprint `PRICE 1d. Per Label. 1/- Per Row of 12. £1...Per Sheet. Place the` at top, minor gum bend through AC not affecting the appearance of a fresh and very fine multiple with large part or unmounted og. An important multiple: positions AA-AD missing from the Imprimatur sheet. Exceptional and most attractive Gi B2 = £ 3`250.rnProvenance: RL, London, 12 Jan 1988, lot 161. As an irregular block of seven.rn 
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
    Hammer price : 3,400 CHF

    Lot# : 4534 Great Britain

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    Treasury Roulette 1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, pl. 161, lettered JG, wide "Treasury Roulette", used on 1853 cover from Puddletown to Sherborne, tied by "256" numeral obliterator of Dorchester in black. Reverse with double arc Dorchester cds in yellow and 'Puddletown' undated circular datestamp in black and Sherborne arrival cds (July 28) in yellow. Red wax seal on reverse with Crown over Man's profile. A very rare stamp on a fine if slightly soiled cover. Cert. BPA (1977) Gi B2a = £ 15`000.rnProvenance: RL, Bournemouth, 27 June 1976, lot 244; RL, London, 21-22 Feb 1977, lot 623.rnNote: A similar cover, addressed to W. Pocklington in Sherborne, bearing a Treasury Roulette lettered MF, was in the Zeev Barak collection and thereafter in the 'Daisy' collection (RL, Oct 1996, lot 628). It was mailed one month earlier.
    Starting bid : 2,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 4,800 CHF

    Lot# : 4535 Great Britain

    1841 (March): 2 d. deep full blue, pl. 3, Imprimatur, lettered TI, imperforate with good margins all round, unfinished at base with speckling on TWO PENCE, superb and extremely rare with just 22 examples removed from the sheet, the base of the stamp with tiny manuscript ink marking is part of the notation made by the engraver which is still in the Post Office records. Beautiful, exceptional and very rare Gi ES12 Imprimatur = £ 12`000.rnProvenance: RL, London, 27 April 1949, lot 55; Harmers, London, 27-28 Feb 1967, lot 125; Collection Harold Fisher, Phillips, London, 22-23 Sept 1983, lot 245; Collection Folkard, Phillips, London, 26 Nov 1998, lot 260.
    Starting bid : 3,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 4,200 CHF

    Lot# : 4536 Great Britain

    1841 (March 13): 2 d. blue on blued paper, pl. 3, lettered LE, State 2, an unused example with large even margins all round and showing the diagonal flaw to the Queen`s eyebrow (Gi ES11ea), overprinted SPECIMEN (Type 1) in black, fresh and fine, superb og. Rare and most appealing stamp Gi E1s = £ 5'500.rnProvenance: SG Merkur, Frankfurt, 18 April 1979, lot 228; SG, London, 28 Nov 1991, lot 173.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
    Hammer price : 900 CHF

    Lot# : 4537 Great Britain

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    1841 (March 13): 2 d. blue, pl. 3, lettered SA-SB / TA-TB, an unused block of four from lower left corner of the sheet, large even margins all round and full sheet margins showing Plate Number 3 and imprint `PRICE 2d Per Label. 2/- Per Row o(f)`, diagonal crease in margin only, well away from the stamps which are of delightful colour and full unmounted og. A sublime and exceptional multiple for the connoisseur of classic philately. Cert. RPSL (1977) Gi ES11 = £ 35`000.rnProvenance: SG Merkur, Frankfurt, 10-12 Oct 1974, lot 583. As an irregular block of eleven; SG, London, 6-7 March 1975, lot 267. As an irregular block of eleven; Corinphila sale 72, 23-28 Sept 1985, lot 6652; ex Gavin Littaur (approx. 1990).rnNote: An adjoining pair SC / TC was heavily creased. The block of four, lettered SD-SE / TD-TE was in RL, London, 21 April 1977, lot 2970.rnrn               
    Starting bid : 7,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 32,000 CHF

    Lot# : 4538 Great Britain

    1841: 2 d. pale blue, pl. 4, lettered NA-NC, a used horizontal strip of three, large margins all round, NA and NB showing the Shifted Transfers, neatly cancelled by "447" numeral obliterators of Leeds in black. A fine positional multiple Gi ES13+ES13e.
    Starting bid : 80 CHF
    Hammer price : 140 CHF

    Lot# : 4539 Great Britain

    1841: 2 d. blue, pl. 4, lettered RA-RD, a used horizontal strip of four, large margins all round and part sheet margin at left, lightly cancelled by "706" numeral obliterators of Shipston-On-Stour. Two light vertical bends but of superb appearance Gi ES14.
    Starting bid : 120 CHF
    Hammer price : 420 CHF

    Lot# : 4540 Great Britain

    1841: 2 d. blue on blued paper, pl. 4, lettered KB-KD / LC-LD, a used irregular block of five, margins just clear on LC and fine on the remaining sides and showing portions of two further stamps, lightly cancelled by London numeral "1" obliterators in black. A scarce multiple Gi ES14 = £ 1`200.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 460 CHF

    Lot# : 4541 Great Britain

    1841: 2 d. blue on blued paper, pl. 4, lettered PC and RC-RD, a used single example and a horizontal pair both with good margins all round, used on sextuple rate 1850 registered cover from Penrith to Kendal tied by bold "606" numeral obliterators in black. Manuscript "Registered" and "6" in red ink denoting the registration fee was paid in cash alongside PENRITH despatch cds (May 31) in blue. Reverse with Kendal arrival cds (June 1) in blue. A charming and scarce usage Gi ES14 = £ 350+.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 650 CHF

    Lot# : 4542 Great Britain

    Wotton-Under-Edge 1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, pl. 14, lettered FD, a used example with clear to large margins with double letter 'D' showing clearly, neatly cancelled by superb strike of the WOOTTON-UNDER-EDGE Maltese Cross with cross-cuts in black, in use between 24 August 1840 until 28 June 1842 (for further information see Rockoff & Jackson pages 302 and 303). Horizontal bend at base and minor thinnot affecting the superb appearance of this iconic cancellation Gi BS3b/B1tw = £ 4'500.rnProvenance: Collection 'Daisy', Spink, London, 8 Oct 1996, lot 508.
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,500 CHF

    Lot# : 4543 Great Britain

    Greenock 1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, lettered PF, a used example with large margins all round and showing portions of adjoining stamps on three sides, tied to small piece by complete strike of the distinctive GREENOCK Maltese Cross in black. Scarce Gi B1th = £ 250.
    Starting bid : 75 CHF
    Hammer price : 260 CHF

    Lot# : 4544 Great Britain

    Greenock 1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, lettered AB and DB, used examples with good to large margins all round, tied to 1843 entire letter to Liverpool by two complete strikes of the distinctive GREENOCK Maltese Cross in black. Reverse with Greenock despatch (June 19) in red and Liverpool arrival in black. Slight rub at upper right and file folds well away from the adhesives, a scarce double rate usage Gi B1th = £ 500.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
    Hammer price : 240 CHF

    Lot# : 4545 Great Britain

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    1840: 1 d. black, Plate 2, lettered EL, a used example with ample to large margins all round, tied to October 1840 cover to Edinburgh by early experimental usage of the Maltese Cross struck in black. Perth despatch datesamp in black on flap (Oct 7) and Edinburgh arrival cds in red (Oct 8) both displaying well on flap. Black ink was not universally introduced until February 1841, a very rare and most attractive usage. Cert. BPA (2021) Gi AS15m.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,000 CHF

    Lot# : 4546 Great Britain

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    1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, pl. 12, lettered CJ, State 2, a used example with large margins all round, tied to 1841 cover from Southport to Liverpool, tied by superb strike of the Maltese Cross struck in red. Reverse with SOUTHPORT double arc cds in red (July 4) and Liverpool arrival in black of the same day. Rockoff & Jackson erroneously listed as June 4 on page 399 of 'The Maltese Cross', just five covers are recorded from Southport with the red MC on the 1841 1 d. red, all mailed between 27 April-21 July 1841. An outstanding and extremely rare cover. Cert. RPSL (1980) Gi BS1g+BS1sb = £ 22'000.rnProvenance: Collection Gregory, Harmers, London, 22 Feb 1949, lot 499; Collection Reino Poutiainen, Stephen Walter, London, 21 March 1980, lot 200;  DF, New York, Nov 1985, lot 30084.
    Starting bid : 3,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 9,500 CHF

    Lot# : 4547 Great Britain

    1840: 2 d. blue, Plate 1, lettered PA, a used example with large even margins all round, neatly cancelled by London "No. 9" in Maltese Cross in black. Ironed diagonal bend not affecting the lovely appearance. A rare stamp Gi DS5 / D1wi = £ 14'000.rnNote: The Karl Louis Card Index records just 3 single examples and two usages on cover, one of which is housed in the National Postal Museum.
    Starting bid : 1,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 3,200 CHF

    Lot# : 4548 Great Britain

    1841: 1 d. red-brown on lightly blued paper, lettered RB, a used example with large margins all round and showing portion of adjoining stamp at top, used on 1843 entire letter from London to Edinburgh tied by bold strike of London "No. 5" in Maltese Cross in black. Despatch datestamp on reverse (July 15) in black and Edinburgh arrival (July 17) struck in red. Repaired file fold but scarce Gi B1ue = £ 550.
    Starting bid : 100 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 4549 Great Britain

    1841: 2 d. blue on blued paper, pl. 3, lettered TE, a used example with good to large margins all round and portion of adjoining stamp at left, tied to 1843 cover from London to Kendal by good strike of London "No. 5" in Maltese Cross in black. Reverse with London despatch cds (June 24) and double arc Kendal arrival (June 25) in blue. A scarce and very fine cover Gi E1ve = £ 2`800.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 900 CHF

    Lot# : 4550 Great Britain

    1841: 2 d. blue on blued paper, pl. 3, lettered KG, a used example with good margins all round, neatly tied to 1843 cover from London to Preston (Horrocks Miller correspondence) by good strike of London "No. 6" in Maltese Cross in black. Reverse with London despatch cds (Dec 5) and double arc Preston arrival (Dec 6) in dull blue. Scarce and attractive cover Gi E1vf = £ 2`250.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 900 CHF

    Lot# : 4551 Great Britain

    1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, lettered SK, a used example with large margins on three sides, just grazed at base, tied to 1843 cover from London to Aberdeen by London "No. 10" in Maltese Cross struck in black. Reverse with London despatch in red (Oct 19), Edinburgh cds and Aberdeen arrival (Sept 21) in black. An attractive and scarce cover Gi B1uj = £ 1`000.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
    Hammer price : 150 CHF

    Lot# : 4552 Great Britain

    1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, lettered BF, a used example with ample to large margins all round and showing portions of adjoining stamps at right and at left, used on 1843 entire letter from London to Sheffield tied by bold strike of London "No. 12" in Maltese Cross in black. Despatch datestamp on reverse (July 21) and Sheffield arrival both in black. Tiny closed tear at top of entire not affecting the superb appearance Gi B1ul = £ 1`400.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
    Hammer price : 340 CHF

    Lot# : 4553 Great Britain

    1841: 2 d. blue on blued paper, pl. 3, lettered KH, a used example with good margins all round, scissor cut in margin only at base, neatly tied to 1843 cover from London to Preston (Horrocks Miller correspondence) by good strike of London "No. 12" in Maltese Cross in black. The stamp shows a complete horizontal guideline running though the value tablet at base and the H square. Reverse with London despatch cds (Nov 17) and double arc Preston arrival (Nov 18) in dull blue. Scarce and attractive cover Gi E1vl = £ 1`600.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 900 CHF

    Lot# : 4554 Great Britain

    1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, lettered GI, a used example with good to large margins all round, on 1851 cover from Salcombe to Plymouth tied by fair strike of "418" numeral obliterator struck in blue with double arc KINGSBRIDGE cds on reverse, alongside undated circle of Salcombe in black and Plymouth arrival cds (May 31) in blue. File fold at left but scarce Gi B1xb = £ 650.
    Starting bid : 120 CHF
    Hammer price : 120 CHF

    Lot# : 4555 Great Britain

    1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, lettered BI, a used example with ample to large margins all round and portion of adjoining stamp at right, used on 1846 entire letter from Rawtenstall to London tied by fine strike of "501" numeral obliterator struck in blue with double arc RAWTENSTALL cds adjacent (Sept 23). Reverse with double arc Manchester cds in red and London arrival cds of the following day in red. A fine and scarce cover Gi B1xb = £ 650.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
    Hammer price : 320 CHF

    Lot# : 4556 Great Britain

    1841: 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, lettered HC, a used example with ample to large margins all round, on 1851 entire letter written from Cledbury Paper Mill to Derby tied by fair strike of "68" numeral obliterator struck in blue. Reverse with two line "Cledbury / Penny Post" in black, BEWDLEY double arc cds in blue (May 1) and Derby arrival cds of the following day. File fold well away from stamp, a fine and scarce cover Gi B1xb = £ 650.
    Starting bid : 120 CHF
    Hammer price : 120 CHF

    Lot# : 4557 Great Britain

    1854 (Feb 24): 1 d. red-brown on very blued paper, Die I, wmk. Small Crown, perf. 16, lettered AA-AL / CA-CL / DA-DK / EA-EG plus EJ-EK, the irregular re-joined block of fifty-six of good rich colour, all struck by italic "Frank Ives Scudamore / Chief Examiner" handstamps in black, top right stamp with diagonal crease but largely fresh and fine, with soiling on large part og. A rare and extraordinary large multiple.rnNote: Frank Ives Scudamore (1823-1884) served with the Post Office from the age of 18. When the Offices of Accountant-General and Receiver-General were combined in 1852 Scudamore was appointed Chief Examiner of the combined new Department at Somerset House. He applied his handstamps as a method of defacement, normally to sheets of stamps that had been mis-perforated by Perkins Bacon. The above block ably demonstrates this.rnReference: AI/DK is illustrated in 'The Philatelist - P.J.G.B., March/April 1988, page 77.rnProvenance: A new find, Sotheby's 9 May 1988.
    Starting bid : 3,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 3,800 CHF

    Lot# : 4558 Great Britain

    1855 (Feb 22): 1 d. red-brown, Die II, Alphabet II, wmk. Small Crown, perf. 16 plate 7, lettered AE, constant variety: "dot in 'o' of one, an unused example of good colour, minor pre-printing paper fold, large part og. Gi C4 = £ 550.
    Starting bid : 100 CHF
    Hammer price : 360 CHF

    Lot# : 4559 Great Britain

    1855 (June): 1 d. red-brown on lightly blued paper, Die II, Alphabet III, plate 34, wmk. Large Crown, perf. 14, lettered KF-KH / LF-LH, an unused block of six, in a lovely delicate shade, LF showing 'C' for 'L' flaw, fresh and very fine appearance, minor gum bends on reverse on large part og. A delightful multiple Gi C8(2)+C8(2)i = £ 2'450+.rnProvenance: SG, London, 25-26 Nov 1993, lot 830.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
    Hammer price : 850 CHF

    Lot# : 4560 Great Britain

    1855 (June): 1 d. red-brown on blued paper, Die II, Alphabet III, plate 22, wmk. Large Crown, lettered CG-CH / DG-DH, variety "Imperforate", an unused ungummed block of four, large even margins all round, produced as an experiment using the Neales Steam Press in a deep resonant shade. A fine and extremely rare multiple. Signed Holcombe Gi C8h = £ 12'000+.rnProvenance: From the unique sheet, Harmers Auction, April 1954, lot 54; Collection Ernest Dale, SG 10/11 Nov. 1969, lot 128 (as part of a block of 39).rn 
    Starting bid : 1,800 CHF
    Hammer price : 4,400 CHF

    Lot# : 4561 Great Britain

    1856 (Nov): 1 d. rose-red, Die II, perf. 14, lettered DD, a used example tied to 1857 entire letter from London to Glasgow by fine strike of the Pearson Hill second Trial cancellation (code A) in black (Nov 24) with offset strike on reverse. File fold crosses the adhesive but a fine strike of a very rare marking.rnProvenance: Philipps 2 July 1992, lot 54.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 360 CHF

    Lot# : 4562 Great Britain

    1861: 1 d. rose-red, Die II, Alphabet IV, pl. 50, perf. 14, lettered CG, letters engraved on the plate instead of punched, both letters 'C' and 'G' very characteristic for alphabet IV, an unused example of excellent centering for the issue, fresh colour and fine, large part og. A very scarce stamp Gi C12 = £ 200.
    Starting bid : 80 CHF
    Hammer price : 160 CHF

    Lot# : 4563 Great Britain

    1861: 1 d. rose-red, Die II, Alphabet IV, pl. 50, perf. 14, lettered DH-DL / HH-HL, letters engraved on the plate instead of punched, an unused block of twenty-five, of bright colour, fresh and fine, large part or unmounted og. A rare and particularly choice multiple Gi C12 = £ 6'600.rnProvenance: Collection W.R.D. Wiggins, Robson Lowe, London, 21-22 April 1977, lot 3017.
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,600 CHF

    Lot# : 4564 Great Britain

    1855 (Feb 22): 2 d. blue, Die I, Alphabet I, pl. 4, wmk. Small Crown, perf. 14, lettered CE, a fine lightly used example showing the re-entry, especially prominent in the TWO PENCE value tablet at base. Scarce so fine Gi F2d = £ 400.
    Starting bid : 100 CHF
    Hammer price : 120 CHF

    Lot# : 4565 Great Britain

    1858/79: 1 d. red, pl. 89, the top and bottom of the sheet, lettered AA-AL and TA-TL, showing the full Plate Numbers at all four corners and complete italic imprints at top and at base, (possibly) sent to South Australia in 1867 together with a perforating machine from Somerset House. Paper attached to the stamps (showing ghostly impressions of South Australia 3d (?) adhesives) with manuscript "These borders are cut off one of the spoilt sheets of stamps, and is sent to show the mark "†" which is printed on the english sheets, the intersecting point of which lines is fitted onto a pin in the perforating machine at Somerset House, to secure accuracy of position, a boy does this very quickly whilst the machine is working" and contemporary pencil manuscript "Top" and "Bottom". A magnificent item of great historical interest.rnProvenance: RL, London, 12 April 1988, lot 682.
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 3,400 CHF

    Lot# : 4566 Great Britain

    1867 (April): Paris Exhibition Proof, 1 d. rose-red, plate 103, lettered IB, an Imperforate Proof on soft white card paper, printed in rose-red, printed specially for this Exhibition. Just one block of twenty Proofs in this colour were exhibited in Paris from which this Proof was cut, slight surface wear. Rare Gi DP38 = £ 2'250.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 200 CHF

    Lot# : 4567 Great Britain

    1867 (March-April): Paris Exhibition Proof for ther 2 d. printed in blue from Plate 9 after the firdt repair of 1866, on soft cream card paper, imperforate. A block of twenty (as described in SG specialised catalogue), lettered AA-AD / EA-ED, with large margins all round. ED with small corner fault and closed tear at left in CA and three further Proofs with thins due to original method of display, otherwise fresh and very fine, an astonishing piece: the largest recorded multiple. Unique Gi DP49 = £ 80'000.rnOn March 28th, 1867, Ormond Hill wrote to J.P. Bacon: "The Board has decided to supply to the G.P.O. for Exhibition at Paris a proof sheet of each variety of postage stamp (...) from the newest 1d. and 2d. plates and send them to me. According to H. Osborne (in 1946) blocks of 20 in issued colours were displayed in Paris 1867.rnNote: For further information see Dr. H. Osborne 'Two Pence Blue' page 123, copy enclosed with the lot.rnProvenance: Harmers-Craveri Auction 4 June 1994.
    Starting bid : 7,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 9,000 CHF

    Lot# : 4568 Great Britain

    1858/79: 1 d. red, pl. 219, lettered TA, imperforate Imprimatur, corner marginal from lower left of sheet with Plate Number 219 and imprint 'PRICE 1d. Per Lab(el)', large margins all round, fresh and fine, scarce Gi = £ 425.rnNote: the lower right corner stamp, TL, is housed in the National Postal Museum.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,300 CHF

    Lot# : 4569 Great Britain

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    1858/79: 1 d. red, pl. 116, lettered BB, Imperforate 'Cardiff Penny', an unused example with ample margins all round, fresh colour, some creasing, large part og. A fine example of this exceedingly rare stamp. Cert. BPA (1952) Gi G1g = £ 7'500.rnProvenance: Collection Laycock, RL, London, 18 March 1953, lot 297.rnrnrn 
    Starting bid : 1,200 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,800 CHF

    Lot# : 4570 Great Britain

    1858/79: 1 d. red, pl. 72, an unused block of four, corner marginal from top left of sheet, with Plate Number 72 and part imprint 'PRICE 1d. Per Label. 1/- Per Row of', fresh and fine, large part og. Gi = £ 240+.
    Starting bid : 80 CHF
    Hammer price : 500 CHF

    Lot# : 4571 Great Britain

    1858/79: 1 d. red, pl. 90, lettered GG-GL / HG-HL / IG-IL, an unused block of eighteen, well centred and of rich deep colour, fresh and fine, large part or unmounted og. Gi = £ 1'080.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 320 CHF

    Lot# : 4572 Great Britain

    1871 (Feb): Ormond Hill Die Proof for the 2 d. value, Die II retouched, without corner letters, engraved directly on to thick card paper (60 x 60 mm.) - not as Gibbons state thin paper, in a resonant deep full blue shade. Extremely rare and a magnificent example of the engraver's work slightest suspicion of a thinned spot underneath hinge remainder, quite stunning and beautiful Proof for the connoisseur Gi DP46(a) = £ 18'000. rnProvenance: Collection O'Connor; Philipps 10 Sept. 1998, lot 137.
    Starting bid : 3,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 5,000 CHF

    Lot# : 4573 Great Britain

    1859 (July 17): 2 d. blue, pl. 8, lettered AC, an imperforate Imprimatur, clear to large margins all round, marginal from top of sheet, with part imprint '(o)f 12. £1...Per S(heet)', in a superb deep shade, fresh and very fine unused. Rare Gi = £ 4'750.rnProvenance: Phillips, London, 11 Nov 1993, ex lot 136.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,700 CHF

    Lot# : 4574 Great Britain

    1861 (March 14): 2 d. blue, pl. 9, lettered AB, an imperforate Imprimatur, close to large margins all round, marginal from top of sheet, with part imprint '(La)bel 2/- Per Row o(f)', in a superb deep shade, fresh and very fine unused. Rare Gi = £ 4'750.rnProvenance: Phillips, London, 11 Nov 1993, ex lot 136, the adjoining Imprimatur AA is housed in the N.P.M. in London.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
    Hammer price : 900 CHF

    Lot# : 4575 Great Britain

    1871 (April 24): 2 d. blue, pl. 14, lettered AJ, an imperforate Imprimatur, large margins all round, marginal from top of sheet with part imprint '(we)tting the Back be', in a superb deep shade, fresh and very fine unused. Rare Gi = £ 4'750.rnProvenance: Board of Inland Revenue Collection, Robson Lowe 17 Dec. 1975, lot 1637; Robson Lowe Christies 16 July 1985, lot 183.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,200 CHF

    Lot# : 4576 Great Britain

    1869: 2 d. deep blue, pl. 13, lettered BA-BF / EA-EF, an unused block of twenty-four of excellent centering and rich colour, BA with signs of re-entry in the TWO PENCE value tablet, strengtheneing of the upper 'E' square on EB, one or two tone spots of no great significance, some perf. reinforcement for protection, large part or unmounted og. A fresh and very fine multiple of spectacular appearance Gi Gi G3 = £ 14'400.
    Starting bid : 2,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 3,200 CHF

    Lot# : 4577 Great Britain

    1870 (May): Perkins Bacon Die Proof for the proposed ½ d. value without corner letters, in rose on India paper (80 x 59 mm.) printed after the head was strengthened and the Die was hardened (Stone 2b), with a wonderful clarity of impression. Just 5 Proofs were struck. Some soiling as to be expected with a working Die. An exceptional Proof of great rarity Gi DP62b = £ 12'000.rnProvenance: Harmers 16-17 March 1982, lot 553; SG, London, 25-26 Nov 1993, lot 790.
    Starting bid : 3,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,500 CHF

    Lot# : 4578 Great Britain

    1870 (Oct): Bantam ½ d. pl. 10, lettered EN-EX / ON-OX, an unused block of 121 stamps (11 x 11), of excellent colour and centering, imperforate at right, each stamp overprinted SPECIMEN (Type 9) in black. Fresh and very fine, superb large part or unmounted og. A truly astonishing block, the largest known Gi 4u = £ 27'225.rnNote: An adjoining block of 10, CT/DX was in the Chartwell Collection (2011).rnProvenance: Dr. Douglas Latto, Aug 1985.
    Starting bid : 4,000 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 4579 Great Britain

    1870 (Oct): Bantam ½ d. deep rose-red, plate 9, lettered OA, a single example, imperforate between stamp and margin showing imprint 'Cement', used on small 1872  piece tied by complete 'Glasgow' circular datestamp (Feb 16) in black. Choice and superb Gi G4g / Gi = £ 850+.rnNote: The finer of just two recorded Bantam ½ d. plate 9's used with imperforate sheet margin and inscription.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,300 CHF

    Lot# : 4580 Great Britain

    1870 (Oct): Bantam ½ d. deep rose-red, plate 9, lettered ED-EE, a used horizontal pair in a deep shade, tied to small piece by 'Manchester / 498' duplex (Feb 10, 1872) in black. Ancient collector's graffiti below the pair 'PN9'. A rare and appealing multiple Gi = £ 1'700.
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
    Hammer price : 400 CHF

    Lot# : 4581 Great Britain

    1870 (Oct): Bantam ½ d. rose-red, plate 13, lettered SV-SX / TV-TX, an unused block of four, marginal from lower right of sheet with Plate Number 13 in margin, fresh and fine, superb large part og., lower three stamps unmounted og. Gi = £ 720.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 360 CHF

    Lot# : 4582 Great Britain

    1870 (Oct): ½ d. rose-red, plate 14, lettered SA-SF / TA-TF, an unused corner marginal block of twelve, bend along central perforations and showing watermark '5', Plate Number '14' in margin and small part of imprint 'PRICE' at right. Fresh and very fine, large part or unmounted crackly og. A most appealing multiple Gi = £ 1'440.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 600 CHF

    Lot# : 4583 Great Britain

    1870 (Oct 1): 1½ d. lake-red, pl. 3, lettered NC-ND / OC-OD, an unused block of four, of fine fresh colour, each stamp overprinted SPECIMEN (Type 9) in black, large part crackly og. A scarce multiple Gi G6u = £ 1'200.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 300 CHF

    Lot# : 4584 Great Britain

    1870 (Oct 1): 1½ d. lake-red, pl. 1, lettered OP-PC, error of lettering for CP-PC, a used example of good colour, lightly cancelled by part duplex leaving the corners letters clear. Perforations a tad blunted at base but rare and of fine appearance Gi G6c = £ 2'000.rnNote: The OP-PC error of lettering was discovered by William Edwin Imeson in 1894 and first recorded in an Americam Journal. The discovery example was sold to Harry Hilckes of Bright & Son, Bournemouth.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 650 CHF

    Lot# : 4585 Great Britain

    1870 (Oct 1): 1½ d. lake-red, plate 1, lettered GJ, a single example used on 1873 cover to Paisley tied by 'Glasgow / 131' duplex in black (Jan 28) - a scarce single franking, together with a 1½ d. lake, pl. 3, lettered DG, used on 1880  1 d. pink postal stationery envelope (1cm scissors cut on the left and roughly opened flap on reverse) to Caddenabia, Como, Italy cancelled by 'Thornhill / 323' duplexes (May 13). A scarce and attractive pair.
    Starting bid : 120 CHF
    Hammer price : 300 CHF

    Lot# : 4586 Great Britain

    1848 (Oct): Embossed 10 d. brown, an unused horizontal pair, marginal from left of sheet, infintessimally touched at base and with large margins on three sides, of stunning fresh colour, applied to Postal Notice "To All Postmasters, &c., Who Obliterate Postage Stamps", issued from Francis Abbott at the GPO in Edinburgh in October, 1848, each overprinted SPECIMEN (Type 1) applied above notice of "the Issue and Sale of Tenpenny Postage Labels, Two Specimen Stamps are enclosed...". Minor fold crossing right-hand 10d not detracting from the superb fresh appearance of a rare and splendid.rnNotice: The much finer of just two recorded 10 d. Postal Notices from 1848.rnProvenance: Collection 'Victoriana', Spink, London 4 Oct 2007, lot 2152.
    Starting bid : 2,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 6,000 CHF

    Lot# : 4587 Great Britain

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    1847 (Sept 11): Embossed 1 s. pale green, Die 2, an unused example with large to huge margins all round, marginal from left of sheet and showing portion of adjoining stamps at top and at base, of fine embossing and colour, one or two slight age spots on reverse not detracting from the appearance, large part og. A very fine example of a very rare stamp. Cert. BPA (1989) Gi H1(1) = £ 24'000.rnProvenance: Collection Baron de Worms, Harmers, London, 9 May 1938, lot 90; Collection Harrison Cripps, SG, London, 27 Oct 1972, lot 123.rn                   
    Starting bid : 5,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 9,500 CHF

    Lot# : 4588 Great Britain

    1854: Embossed 1 s. (very) deep green, used example with clear to large margins all round, tied to 1854 cover from Liverpool to New York, endorsed 'pr. Steamer Arabia' at left (Cunard Steamer), by "466" numeral obliterator in black. Obverse struck with PAID in red and '5 / CENTS' credit marking in red, reverse with one side flap removed, showing 'Liverpool' despatch cds (March 3) in green. An attractive usage Gi = £ 1'900.rnProvenance: Collection Wise, 9 June 1944.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 650 CHF

    Lot# : 4589 Great Britain

    1847: Embossed 1 s. green, a used vertical strip of three, one stamp with just shaved margin otherwise clear to large all round another stamp crossed by file fold, on 1855 cover from and slight vertical crease through lower 1s. Liverpool to Philadelphia endorsed 'Arabia' (Cunard Steamer) by "466" numeral obliterators in black. Reverse with 'Liverpool / F.R.H' datestamp (Floating Receiving House indicating 1s. Late fee paid) in black (Jan 20). Circular 'PHILA. BR. PKT / 24 / FEB 2 / PAID' struck on arrival with manuscript '10' (cents) below the adhesives in red. Internal hinges applied for protection, a most attractive cover.rnProvenance: RL, London, 29 Nov 1948, lot 365.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 850 CHF

    Lot# : 4590 Great Britain

    1847: Embossed 1 s. green, a used example with good margins all round, slight stains from gum, on 1852 cover from Portumna to Poste Restante, New Orleans, USA endorsed 'Per first steamer starting from Liverpool', tied by "380" numeral obliterator in black. Carried on Cunard Steamer 'Canada' with circular 'BR. PACKET / BOSTON / 24' in red (Aug 18). Struck with red PAID and '5 / CENTS' credit marking in red. On arrival at the Poste Restante struck with framed 'ADV. 1' in red (Advertised) alongside framed NOT CALLED FOR in black. Reverse with 'Portumna' cds of despatch (Aug 3) in blue, Dublin and Liverpool (Aug 5) transits and 'New Orleans La.' datestamp (Oct 31) probably when collected. A most interesting and attractive cover Gi = £ 1'900.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
    Hammer price : 900 CHF

    Lot# : 4591 Great Britain

    1854 (March 1): Embossed 6 d. purple, wmk. inverted and reversed, a used example with large margins all round, of fine colour, neatly cancelled by "383" numeral obliterator of Hull in black. Scarce and fine Gi H3(3)f = £ 1'000.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,000 CHF

    Lot# : 4592 Great Britain

    1854 (March 1): Embossed 6 d. purple, wmk. inverted, a used example with large margins all round and nearly half of the adjoining stamp at right, of fine rich colour, neatly cancelled by near complete strike of "Burton Upon Trent / 152" Spoon duplex (Nov 9, 1857, code C) in black. Small surface rub far away from design at upper left corner but most attractive. Signed Pröschold Gi H3(3) = £ 1'000.rnProvenance: RL, London, 2-4 March 1993, lot 2450. Described as "possibly the finest known".
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,200 CHF

    Lot# : 4593 Great Britain

    Crimean War 1854: Embossed 6 d. mauve, used example with margins all round, applied over edge of 1855 mourning envelope from Lyndhurst to a Captain in the 13th Light Infantry in the Crimea, tied by "487" numeral obliterator in black, paying the Officer's rate. Reverse with 'Lyndhurst' double arc cds (July 23) of despatch in black and London transit cds in red. Both datestamp on reverse enlanced with ink and small age stain at left and adhesive originally affixed over the edge of the envelope but an attractive and unusual cover Gi = £ 1'900.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 4594 Great Britain

    Crimean War 1855: 1 d. red-brown on blued, Die I, wmk. Small Crown, perf. 16, a used strip of three on cover endorsed 'via Marseilles' to a Charles Dance in London, tied by scarce "Crown Between Stars" obliterator in black and by London "74" numeral obliterator on arrival. Reverse with POST OFFICE / BRITISH ARMY cds of despatch (Feb 26) in greenish-blue and London arrivals (March 8) in red. Typical soiling as normal with this Campaign, a scarce cover Gi Z2 = unpriced.rnProvenance: Collection Alan Brown, Cavendish, Derby, 6 Dec 1996, ex lot 737.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 400 CHF

    Lot# : 4595 Great Britain

    1856 (Oct 21): 6 d. pale lilac, wmk. Emblems, a used block of four of good colour and centering, lower perfs. trimmed by scissors, lightly cancelled by numeral obliterators in black. A rare and most appealing multiple Gi J70(2) = £ 700.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
    Hammer price : 220 CHF

    Lot# : 4596 Great Britain

    1856 (Nov 1): 1 s. green, wmk. Emblems, a used example centred to base, neatly cancelled solely by oval "PD" in red. Rare thus Gi J100(2) = £ 350+.
    Starting bid : 100 CHF
    Hammer price : 320 CHF

    Lot# : 4597 Great Britain

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    1856 (Oct 21): 6 d. lilac on deeply blued 'azure' paper, wmk. Emblems, a rare used example on 1856 registered cover to Aberdeen with 1 d. red-brown on blued paying the postage, tied by '131' roller cancel in black. "Registered / EDINBURGH" at left in red and reverse with Aberdeen arrival (Nov 9) in green. Unobtrusive file fold, a fine and scarce cover. Cert. BPA (1985) Gi J70e = £ 925 off cover.
    Starting bid : 350 CHF
    Hammer price : 350 CHF

    Lot# : 4598 Great Britain

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    1856 (Nov 1): 1 s. green on deeply blued 'azure' paper, wmk. Emblems, a used example with trimmed wing margin and minor corner fault tied to 1858 double rate cover to Vaud, Switzerland by 'London / 72' duplex in black (April 24). Circular 'PD' in red below alongside Calais transit and reverse with Lausanne and Verney cds (April 26). An attractive cover Gi 73a = £ 2'000 off cover / Gi J100d = £ 2'000 off cover.rnProvenance: RL, Bournemouth, 10 May 1966, lot 328; RL, Bournemouth, 25 Jan 1967, lot 1164; Phillips, London, 13 April 1989, lot 369; Collection Gilbert Wheat, Cavendish, Derby, 10 June 2006, lot 66.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
    Hammer price : 550 CHF

    Lot# : 4599 Great Britain

    1857 (Jan): 4 d. rose-carmine on white paper, wmk. Large Garter, a used horizontal pair in combination with 1 s. green (2) on 1859 cover to Toronto Post Office, Canada West tied by 'Dundee / 114' duplexes (May 20) in black. The cover missing side flaps and with central file fold but a scarce and most unusual rate: 2/8 d. for under 2 ounces, probably carried on the Allan Line Steamer 'Hungarian'. 
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
    Hammer price : 150 CHF

    Lot# : 4600 Great Britain

    1856 (Nov 1): 1 s. green, wmk. Emblems, two used horizontal pairs with 4 d. rose-carmine on white paper, also in a pair, on 1858 cover to Kingston, Canada, tied by Glasgow '159' obliterators in black with manuscript '8' credit in red ink at left. Reverse with Glasgow cds, 'Liverpool' cds (Feb 3) in black and 'Kingston / U.C.' arrival (Feb 23) in black. Adhesives crossed by file fold but a scarce franking, the 4/8 d. paying the under 2 ounce rate by American Ship.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 440 CHF
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