THE EARLIEST OF ONLY FOUR 8 CENTS COVERS RECORDED
1850-51, 8 cents black on blue-green, Townsend Type D, initials of postal official Lorimer „WHL“, thick frame with full to wide margins all around, deep fresh colour, used on entire letter from Plantation Foulis (Duff correspondence, full letter enclosed) to Demerara, tied by a light strike of a Demerara datestamp on 5 November 1850; (SG £64’000 for a single on cover).
To our knowledge, only four covers are known bearing the 8 cents, this being the earliest recorded and one of only two in perfect condition bearing the stamp with full margins. A major British Guiana rarity.
Frederick T. Small (Lot 8, Robson Lowe London, March 1970, „superb“), showing his „Comet“ hs on reverse
John E. du Pont (Lot 60006, David Feldman SA, June 2014, sold for €156’000)
Expertise: Signed Van Dieten, Cert. BPA (2014)