THE « CASPARY » BLOCK OF FOUR
1853 Waterlow lithographed 1 cent vermilion, an exceptional block of four with very large and surprisingly even margins, deep fresh colour, showing traces of adjoining stamps at bottom, used with village coded datestamp of Sparta « A 5 C », small contemporary ink mark on one stamp reduced and horizontal archive fold in the lower stamps (almost not visible from the front), with the upper stamps being in very fine condition; (SG £6’800 as singles).
Only two blocks of four recorded of this stamp off cover. (The other one, cancelled on 21.12.1855, was sold in a David Feldman Auction, lot 40542, Nov. 1987).
Alfred H. Caspary (Lot 228, Harmer, May 1957)
Lars Amundsen (Lot 80, Stanley Gibbons, December 1967, « of the greatest rarity »)
John E. du Pont (Lot 60053, David Feldman SA, June 2014)
Expertise: Cert. BPA (2014)