ONE OF THE TWO FINEST USED CUT OCTAGONALLY EXAMPLES
1856 Provisional 4 cents black on blue glazed surface-coloured, initials of postal clerk Wight “EDW”, cut octagonally with good margins, showing village datestamp “A 8 C” of Arabian Coast used in January 1857, with the minor surface blemishes which are characteristic of this issue; (SG £150’000).
Of the only six recorded used cut octagonally examples, this is one of the two finest, rivalling with the 20 November 1856 example used on piece in the Greenwood collection, the other four having faults or being repaired.
John E. du Pont (Lot 60087, David Feldman SA, June 2014)
Expertise: Cert. BPA (2014)