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PRIVATE TREATY

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.

BRITISH EMPIRE

Leeward Island stamps
King George VI

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
Aden

1946 Victory 2 1/2a with INVERTED SURCHARGE variety, mint lh, very fine, cert. BPA (1949) (SG £1’300) 

Aden

1951 2s on 2r with ALBINO SURCHARGE variety, mint hr, very fine and scarce, cert. Brandon (1993) (SG £1’500)

1945 "MILY ADMN" 1p red-orange in complete sheet of 320
BURMA

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.

Hong Kong

1938-52 $10 Green & Violet mint nh top marginal block of four (mounted in the margin), toned gum as usually seen, very fine and very rare multiple (SG 161, £2’800+)

Kuwait

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+)

Leeward Islands

1938-51 £1 Purple & Black on carmine with inverted watermark, mint nh, very fine and rare (SG 114cw, £6’500).

Leeward Islands

1938-51 £1 Violet & Black on scarlet, perf.13, with INVERTED WATERMARK, mint lh, very fine and rare watermark variety, cert. PFoSA (SG 114cw, £6’500)

Leeward Island stamps
Leeward Island

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+)

Leeward Island

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+)

Mafeking

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)

Northern Rhodesia

1953 6d Grey-Black with INVERTED WATERMARK, mint lh, very fine and very rare variety, cert. Murray Payne (SG £5’000)

1945 "MILY ADMN" 1p red-orange in complete sheet of 320
Nyasaland

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++)

New Zealand

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++)

GREAT BRITAIN

Leeward Island stamps
1840 - 1d Black

1840 1d Black 1b QF mint part og, fine to good margins, very fine and scarce, cert. RPS (1986) (SG £12’500)

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1840 - 1d Black

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)

1840 - 1d black

1841 (Mar 6) Wrapper from Birmingham to Solihull with 1840 1d black pl.11 KI, very close to huge margins, tied by black MC, despatch bs, fine, cert. BPA (2005)

1841 2d blue

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)

1855-1900 Surface Printed

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)

1945 "MILY ADMN" 1p red-orange in complete sheet of 320
1855-1900 Surface printed

1891 £1 Green PD imperforate with “SPECIMEN” type 9 overprint, mint hr, very fine and scarce, cert. BPA (2005) (SG Spec. K17s, £6’500)

King George V

1913 Waterlow £1 green Seahorse, mint nh, very well centred and very fine (SG 403, £3’750).

Leeward Island stamps
Kind George VI

1941-42 2 1/2d Light Ultramarine imperforate mint nh top marginal block of four, very fine and rare, cert BPA (2004) (SG 489c, £9’600+)

Queen Elizabeth II

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)

Queen Elizabeth II

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+)

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Queen Elizabeth II

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).

1945 "MILY ADMN" 1p red-orange in complete sheet of 320
Queen Elizabeth II

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)