The Alex Harris collection of Penny Black “May Dates”

1840 May 10th First Sunday Usage
1840 May 10th First Sunday Usage

We are delighted to present the Alex Harris collection of Penny Black “May Date” covers which will be offered in our Rarities of the World auction in June 2016.

This attractive offering of 1840 Penny Black May Date covers is complete from the second day of usage on May 7th all the way through to May 31st, including the rare Sunday usages.

The collection was formed over decades so one should not underestimate the difficulty in obtaining a stamped cover sent within the first month of the existence of the world’s first stamp. As a whole, it would form the cornerstone of a Penny Black or Line Engraved exhibition collection.

As such, this collection of May Dates, from lot 40088 to 40114, will be firstly offered for sale individually before being offered as a complete collection. It will be sold by whichever method achieves the highest realisation on the day.

1840 May 9th Cover with Brown MC
1840 May 9th Cover with Brown MC

In the same auction we are also offering other interesting Line Engraved material including the unique sheet of 480 of the 1870 1/2d rose.