THE ONLY UNUSED RETOUCHED TYPE MULTIPLE KNOWN
1853-55 Waterlow lithographed 4 cent deep blue, first stone, an extraordinary pair with both stamps displaying the retouch (coloured line over the denomination), with good to large margins for the most part, left stamp with vertical bend, the other being extremely fine, very fresh and appealing; (SG £22’000+).
The only multiple recorded in private hands featuring the retouch, an extraordinary conjunction of this variety in a pair. According to Townsend & Howe, “there is a pair on cover in the Royal Collection with both stamps retouched”. As an unused multiple, the present example is unique.
Dale-Lichtenstein (Lot 443, H.R. Harmer, February 1969, “dark blue – extremely fine”, bought by Stanley Gibbons for US$750)
John E. du Pont (Lot 60066, David Feldman SA, June 2014)
Expertise: Signed Bloch