A superb selection from a larger offering of Private treaty items from Great Britain and the British Empire, with some outstanding and seldom seen rarities, including the unique set of photographs of King George VI taken by Bertram Parkes, as well as inverted watermarks, missing colours, inverted overprints, double overprints, missing overprints, etc.
1937-52 Series of eight original photographs of King George VI ca.1938, mounted into presentation cards numbered 1 to 8, with numbers 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 based on photos by Peter North, number 2 by the Van Dyke studio and numbers 7 and 8 based on photos by Bertram Park. Number 8 was so liked by the King that it was approved to be used in almost all Great Britain stamp designs through the reign. This is an exceedingly important and unique set of photographs, ex Hassan Shaida.
1945 “MILY ADMN” 1p red-orange in complete sheet of 320 (folded in half) with whole bottom row showing ERROR OVERPRINT OMITTED, mint nh and very fresh, unique variety in sheet format, cert. BPA (2000), incl. normal sheet.
1939 KGVI 10R with DOUBLE OVERPRINT variety in mint nh interpanneau block of 15, some minor bends, a stunning showpiece, with photocopy of cert. BPA (1987) when it was in a larger block (SG £10’500+)
1938-51 £1 Purple & Black on carmine mint nh block of 50 (missing right column of 10 stamps), with R.5/12 showing broken lower right scroll and R.2/5 showing gash in chin varieties (only found on this printing), three vertical perf. folds, very fine and fresh, a spectacular exhibition showpiece (SG 114a, ae & af, £8’570+)
1938-51 £1 Purple & Black on carmine mint nh complete sheet of 60 with R.5/12 showing broken lower right scroll and R.2/5 showing gash in chin varieties (only found on this printing), some perf. separation and a tear in the margin at the foot, a spectacular exhibition showpiece, ideal for the specialist to show all the major flaws and varieties (SG 114a, 114ae & 114af, £9’500+)
1900 6d on 3d Lilac & black with ERROR “MAFEK / 6d / BESIE”, caused by a paper-fold during printing, tied to piece by crisp Mafeking MR 31 / 1900 cds, very fine and extremely rare, one of only 3 known of which this is the finest by far as the other two have faults, a rarity of Mafeking, cert. Brandon (1993)
1938-44 2s, 2s6d, 5s, 10s and £1 in mint nh part sheets of 30 or complete sheets of 60; the 2s and 2s6d in complete sheets split in two, 5s in complete sheet, 10s in two left part sheets of 30, and £1 in complete sheet with R4/5 showing “serif on G of POSTAGE” variety, an amazing assembly, fantastic items for the specialist in flaws and varieties (SG 139-143, £12’000++)
1946 Peace Issue 3d with ERROR ULTRAMARINE OMITTED on lower right corner stamp of a mint nh lower right corner marginal block of 24 (lower three rows of the sheet), caused by the sheet being folded over before printing the blue (hence the crease) with a portion of the blue printed on the gum side, folded perfs vertically with a little separation, a spectacular error and one of the most important of the KGVI era, cert. RPS of New Zealand (2003) (SG 671b, £15’000++)
1841 (Jan) Wrapper from Hinckley to Birmingham with 1840 1d black pl.5 NG, close to very good margins, cancelled by Market Bosworth “HOT CROSS BUN” (aka “HOLLOW CROSS”) cancel, with despatch and arrival ds, stamp and cover toned, minor cover faults, only one other cover bearing this cancellation is known to exist, of the utmost importance and a showpiece for a Line Engraved cancellation collection, cert. RPS (1999)
1843 (Oct 2) Wrapper from London to Halifax with six 1841 2d blue pl.3 and two 1841 1d red pl.38 tied by London “12” in MCs, redirected with one stamp further cancelled by normal black MC, most stamps with 4 margins, very attractive high franking, and very rare with the numbered Maltese Crosses, an exhibition showpiece, cert. BPA (1997)
1867-83 Wmk Anchor 10s grey-green AA-AB on blued paper, used pair both with neat Argyll Street / Glasgow cds, very fine and rare multiple, cert. BPA (2003) (SG 131, £9’000 + 75% premium for well centred and lightly used: £15’750)
1958-65 Wilding 3d deep lilac in mint nh partially perforated booklet pane of six (three stamps imperf on two side and three imperf on one side), perf. splitting between second and third stamp, otherwise fine and rare, cert BPA (2005) (SG 575c, £4’000)
1961 Parliamentary Conference 1s3d with blue omitted (Queen’s head) in mint nh right marginal strip of three with centre stamp showing blue partially omitted, one of the rarest modern errors, with only 6 mint examples known of which 2 are damaged, an important showpiece (SG 630a, £40’000+)
1961 European Postal & Telecommunications Conference (CEPT) 10d with turquoise omitted (affecting the Queen’s portrait), very fine and very rare, incl. normal for comparison (SG 628b, £7’250).
1966 British Technology 6d Motor Cars with red omitted (Minis), mint nh, very fine and striking modern error of which only 18 mint examples exist, incl. normal for comparison, cert. Brandon (2005) (SG 702a, £20’000)