Lot 30122 – 1856 Provisional 4 cents black on rose-carmine, exceptionally large even margins, used

Lot 30122 – 1856 Provisional 4 cents black on rose-carmine, exceptionally large even margins, used
British Guiana » 1856 Provisionals (SG 23-27)
Price realised
26’000 GBP
15’000 – 20’000 GBP
Auction date
Thu 14 Oct 2021 at 15:00 (Europe/Zurich)


1856 Provisional 4 cents black on rose-carmine, Type 4, initials of postal clerk Wight “EDW”, exceedingly large margins which are very balanced, with light Demerara datestamp of 15 September 1856; (SG £40’000).

The BPA certificate mentions “tiny thin specks” which, in the common opinion of our experts, refer to only one tiny natural paper flaw located outside the design. Even if we accept the statement of the certificate, as the stamp itself (the area of the design) is in absolutely perfect condition, it has to be described as extremely fine. Consequently, this is the finest example recorded of the very rare 4 cents rose-carmine, as a result of the following features: the widest margined example of any recorded, the great freshness, and the delicacy with which the cancellation was struck leaving the design very clear. A great gem of this issue.

Note: The rose-carmine shade is much rarer than the magenta, and is often misidentified. Out of seventeen examples we have recorded, only three are known to be in very fine condition.


John E. du Pont (Lot 60082, David Feldman SA, June 2014)

Expertise: Signed Bloch and “Thier” Max Thier, Cert. BPA (2014)

Census of the three cut-square examples in very fine condition:

– Ex Ferrary, used on 29 October 1856, “very fine”

– Ex Dale-Lichtenstein and Caspary, used on 13 November 1856, “large margined copy, very fine”

– Ex du Pont, used on 15 September 1856 (the lot offered here)

: SG 25

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