|Estimate:||20’000 – 30’000 GBP|
|Auction date:||Thu 14 Oct 2021 at 15:00 (Europe/Zurich)|
|Catalog:||The “Imperium” Collection|
|Sold for GBP 24’000|
THE “FREDERICK T. SMALL” 12 CENTS PALE BLUE COVER
1850-51, 12 cents black on pale blue, Townsend Type D, with initials of postal clerk Wight “EDW”, cut square with margins ranging from just touched to large, used on entire letter to Demerara (Duff correspondence) and just tied by Berbice datestamp on 23 June 1851, arrival cds of Demerara for the following day on reverse; (SG £160’000).
One of only two covers recorded in private hands bearing this stamp, both offered in this sale and being very similar in terms of condition; therefore the archive fold passing through the stamp has no significance as no better examples are available.
Frederick T. Small (Lot 6, Robson Lowe, March 1970), showing his “Comet” hs on reverse)
John E. du Pont (Lot 60025, David Feldman SA, June 2014)
Expertise: Cert. BPA (2014)