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Lot 30019
British Guiana » 1850 Cotton-Reels (SG 1-8)
Estimate: 8’000 – 12’000 GBP
Auction date: Thu 14 Oct 2021 at 15:00 (Europe/Zurich)
Auction: British Guiana
Catalog: The “Imperium” Collection
Sold for GBP 42’000
Description:

THE FINEST 4 CENTS EXAMPLE KNOWN

1850-51, 4 cents black on orange, Townsend Type B, with initials of postal official Lorimer “WHL”, deep fresh colour, cut octagonally with good to large even margins, central clear full strike of Demerara datestamp on 9 November 1859, in an exceptional condition for this very rare stamp; (SG £16’000+).

Cut round, or cut square 4c orange “Cotton Reels” have usually touched or cut into margins. Examples possessing wide margins all around and without faults are major rarities. This extraordinary example is the finest known, and one of only two recorded off cover without faults and complete margins.

Provenance:

Philipp von Ferrary (Lot 33, Sale I, June 1921, “très beau”)

John E. du Pont (Lot 60001, David Feldman SA, June 2014)

Expertise: Cert. BPA (2014).

SG 2