Lot 30101
British Guiana » 1853 Waterlow Lithographs (SG 11-21)
Price realised
10’000 GBP
6’000 – 8’000 GBP
Auction date
Thu 14 Oct 2021 at 15:00 (Europe/Zurich)


1853-55 Waterlow lithographed 4 cents blue, the remarkable horizontal strip of four, being type 2 retouched (clear line of colour over “Four Cents”) together with types 3+4+5, mint with original gum, very fresh colour and margins all around, faint creasing not apparent from face and very light small stain at right; (SG £14’750 as singles).

One of the two most important items of this issue; unique, representing the largest multiple of this denomination in deep blue or blue (SG 18 & 19). Townsend & Howe (page 37) state this strip to be unique, with no blocks recorded.


Philipp von Ferrary (Lot 49, Sale I, June 1921)

Alfred H. Caspary (Lot 239, H.R. Harmer, May 1957)

Josiah Lilly (Lot 280, Robert A. Siegel, March 1967)

John E. du Pont (Lot 60065, David Feldman SA, June 2014)

Expertise: Cert. BPA (2014)

Catalogue reference: SG 19a+19