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United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers continued...

Great Britain: Caricatures and Illustrated Covers
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
2957 c ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1, SG 2). Plate 1a, KE, large margins to just in, tied by red Maltese Cross, "F MY-28, 1840" backstamp on Fores's Comic Envelope No. 1 small sized caricature folded cover used within London, additional red backstamp, some edgewear and soiling, horizontal file fold at top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST EXAMPLE OF THE FORES'S COMIC ENVELOPE USED WITH A PENNY BLACK WHICH IS AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN.

The British Pictorial Envelopes of the 19th Century book records a total of 20 used examples of the Fores's Comic Envelope. The earliest reported use (May 20) bears two 2p Blues. Two others were used on May 25 but one is in the Royal Collection and the other has had the original stamp removed and replaced. Therefore, this is the earliest example available to collectors used with the Penny Black.

Ex Yates and Meroni. (Image)

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E. 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $4,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
2958 c ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1, SG 2). TG, large margins to clear incl. part of adjoining stamp at right, tied by Maltese Cross, "York JY 27, 1841" backstamp on Fores's Racing Envelope No. 5" caricature cover to Lancashire, red "Escriche" straightline backstamp, some slight toning affects stamp and cover

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE PENNY BLACK USED ON A FORES'S RACING ENVELOPE. APPROXIMATELY EIGHT USED EXAMPLES OF THIS DESIGN ARE KNOWN, AND ONLY TWO OR THREE ARE USED WITH THE PENNY BLACK.

The British Pictorial Envelopes of the 19th Century book records a total of six used examples of this design. Only one is specified as used with the Penny Black (the example offered here is not listed).

Offered to the market for the first time in over 25 years. (Image)

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E. 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2959   ImageGREAT BRITAIN, Fores's Courting Envelope No. 1. Attractive design depicting various themes such as Cupid, walking couples etc., red "Windsor NO 29, 1840" circular datestamp and manuscript "2" rate and used to Beverley, receiving backstamp of the following day, some slight soiling and wear

VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE FORES'S COURTING ENVELOPE NO. 1, WHICH WAS PUBLISHED IN SEPTEMBER 1840. VERY FEW USED EXAMPLES ARE KNOWN, AND THIS IS IN BETTER CONDITION THAN MOST. A GREAT RARITY.

The British Pictorial Envelopes of the 19th Century book lists eleven used examples. Of these, three are fronts, one has possibly had the adhesive removed, one is not a contemporary use (1898) and no details are known about two others (one is in National Postal Museum). This leaves only four examples in potentially better condition. (Image)

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E. 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $3,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
2960 c ImageGREAT BRITAIN, J. W. Southgate's Envelope No. 5, "Pickwick". Cancelled by red "Paid 29 JU 29 1840" circular datestamp and used to Coventry, brown two-line handstamp with "1py P.Paid" at upper right, minor wear, Very Fine, scarce, perhaps a dozen used examples are known (ten are listed in British Pictorial Envelopes of the 19th Century book) (Image)

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E. 750-1,000

SOLD for $2,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
2961 c ImageGREAT BRITAIN, R. W. Hume's Comic Envelope No. 1, "Britannia Seated On An Egg". Unused envelope with all-over design, folded open, slight wear in places, Fine, ex Giamporcaro (Image)

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E. 300-400

SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction
2962 c ImageGREAT BRITAIN, Ackermann & Co. Comic Envelope No. 1, "The Print Mill". Unused example of this scarce envelope, Very Fine, ex Giamporcaro (Image)

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E. 300-400

SOLD for $750.00
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2963 c ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1, SG 2). CK, large margins to just in at upper right, bright shade, tied by red Maltese Cross, matching "H 7 AU 7 1840" backstamp on Post Magazine folded publication to Tokenhouse Yard in London, also with "Gravesend AU 7, 1840" and receiving backstamps

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE PENNY BLACK USED ON AN EARLY EDITION OF THE POST MAGAZINE IN AUGUST 1840. A PHENOMENAL COVER.

According to British Pictorial Envelopes of the 19th Century, in August 1840 the Post Magazine appeared. It had originally been published in 1837 as propaganda for Uniform Postage. One flap states "Remarkable application of the reduced postage, Combining 1st. A magazine of useful information, 2nd. A Post Label, 3rd. A sheet of letter paper". This weekly news sheet was sold ready stamped with the Penny Black and charged at 1-1/2p to the public and 1p to advertisers. Publication appears to have ceased in early 1841 but for some years afterwards the ready stamped magazines were used purely for correspondence purposes.

The example offered here, with the early August of 1840 date, should be considered highly desirable. (Image)

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E. 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $3,000.00
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2964 c ImageGREAT BRITAIN, Ocean Penny Postage. J. Valentine's design on back of cover, incorporates themes of Ocean Penny Postage, Peace and Anti-Slavery, bearing Great Britain 1sh Pale Green, Embossed (5, SG 54), cancelled by "32" in grid, "SP 1, 1854" backstamp and used to New Britain, Conn., red "5 Cents" credit handstamp, red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid 24 Sep. 14" credit datestamp, some slight soiling, still Very Fine, a scarce use of the 1sh embossed issue on an Ocean Penny Postage to the United States, the rate paid was anything but a penny (Image)

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E. 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $2,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
2965 c ImageGREAT BRITAIN, Ocean Penny Postage. J. Valentine's design on back of cover, incorporate themes of Ocean Penny Postage, Peace and Anti-Slavery, bearing Great Britain 1p Red tied by barred oval to London, red 1855 receiving datestamp, fresh and Very Fine (Image)

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E. 500-750

SOLD for $1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
2966 c ImageGREAT BRITAIN, Ocean Penny Postage. State 4 with Bradshaw & Blacklock imprint at left, with Great Britain 1p Red on Bluish tied by "17" in grid, "MY 30, 1851" backstamp and used to Birmingham, fresh and Very Fine (Image)

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E. 400-500

SOLD for $1,200.00
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2967 c ImageGREAT BRITAIN, Ocean Penny Postage. J. Valentine design, State 5a with Ackerman imprint at lower left, sent stampless with "?ston MR 10, 1853" and Mar. 11 backstamps, also with "Horncastle MR 11, 1853" circular datestamp at right, manuscript "2" due marking, some edgewear, still Very Fine, unusual sent stampless (Image)

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E. 300-400

SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction

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