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Lot 30025
British Guiana » 1850 Cotton-Reels (SG 1-8)
Prix réalisé
55’000 GBP
Estimation
20’000 – 30’000 GBP
Date de vente
Thu 14 Oct 2021 at 15:00 (Europe/Zurich)
Description:

THE EARLIEST OF ONLY FOUR 8 CENTS COVERS RECORDED

1850-51, 8 cents black on blue-green, Townsend Type D, initials of postal official Lorimer « WHL », thick frame with full to wide margins all around, deep fresh colour, used on entire letter from Plantation Foulis (Duff correspondence, full letter enclosed) to Demerara, tied by a light strike of a Demerara datestamp on 5 November 1850; (SG £64’000 for a single on cover).

To our knowledge, only four covers are known bearing the 8 cents, this being the earliest recorded and one of only two in perfect condition bearing the stamp with full margins. A major British Guiana rarity.

Provenance:

Frederick T. Small (Lot 8, Robson Lowe London, March 1970, « superb »), showing his « Comet » hs on reverse

John E. du Pont (Lot 60006, David Feldman SA, June 2014, sold for €156’000)

Expertise: Signed Van Dieten, Cert. BPA (2014)

Référence catalogue: SG 4
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