ONE OF FIVE COVERS RECORDED BEARING THE 4 CENTS BLACK ON ORANGE AS SINGLE FRANKING
1850-51, 4 cents black on orange, with initials of postal official Lorimer « WHL », cut round with good margins for this stamp, used on cover (with letter inside) from Mahaica to Georgetown, showing uncommon centrally struck Demerara datestamp of 21 January 1851, tied at foot of the stamp to the cover; (SG £64’000+).
Only five covers are known with this stamp, this being further enhanced by exhibiting the most beautiful cancellation and being the earliest recorded. Additionally, one cover exists bearing a 4c and an 8c.
John E. du Pont (Lot 60002, David Feldman SA, June 2014)
Expertise: Signed Alberto Diena, cert. BPA (2014)