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Lot 30121 – 1856 Provisional 4 cents black on magenta, Type 3, cut octagonally, used on front

Lot 30121 – 1856 Provisional 4 cents black on magenta, Type 3, cut octagonally, used on front
British Guiana » 1856 Provisionals (SG 23-27)
Price realised
17’000 GBP
Estimate
7’000 – 10’000 GBP
Auction date
Thu 14 Oct 2021 at 15:00 (Europe/Zurich)
Description

THE “OSCAR A. SCHENCK” COVER FRONT

1856 Provisional 4 cents black on magenta, Type 3, initials of postal clerk Wight “EDW”, cut octagonally being slightly touched at top with clear margins in other respects, cut octagonally, used on cover front ‘p Mail’ to Plantation Foulis, Berbice, tied by Demerara datestamp on 11 July 1856; (SG £75’000 for complete cover).

This example exhibits a surprisingly light shade which could be also easily classified as rose-carmine. The 4 cents rose-carmine (SG 25) does not exist on cover, so if this shade will be eventually accepted, it would represent a unique use on cover.

Provenance:

Oscar A. Schenck (Harmer Rooke & Co., January 1951)

John E. du Pont (Lot 60080, David Feldman SA, June 2014)

Expertise: Cert. BPA (2014)

Catalogue ref: SG 24

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