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Brit. Colonies continued...

Niger Coast Protectorate continued...
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
5246 imageIssued at Old Calabar 1893 (Dec): 'One / Shilling' in vermilion on Great Britain 2 d. grey-green & carmine, a used example with Gibbons Type 11 handstamped surcharge Type B, lightly cancelled by part strike of "Bonny River" circular datestamp in black. An extremely rare stamp in used condition. Cert. BPA (2021) Gi = £ 4'000.rnProvenance: Harmers, London, 20 Dec 1994, lot 1473. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 1,200.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5247 imageIssued at Old Calabar 1893 (Dec): 'One / Shilling' in black on Great Britain 2 d. grey-green & carmine, an unused example with Gibbons Type 11 handstamped surcharge Type A from the Trial Sheet, fresh vibrant colour and very fine appearance with surcharge centrally applied, superb large part og. An immensely rare stamp. Signed A. Diena. Cert. BPA (1973) Gi = £ 6'000.rnProvenance: Collection Renato Mondolfo RDP.rnrn (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 2,500.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5248 imageIssued at Old Calabar 1893 (Dec): '5/-' in violet on Great Britain 2 d. grey-green & carmine, an unused example with Gibbons Type 12 handstamped surcharge, corner marginal from lower left of sheet, of brilliant fresh colour and appearance, with remnant of red ink on gum otherwise with superb large part og. An immensely rare stamp in wonderful condition for the specialist, just 28 stamps issued. Signed A. Diena, Fulpius. Certs. A. Diena (1973), BPA (1973) Gi = £ 9'000.rnProvenance: Collection Renato Mondolfo RDP.rnrn (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 3,500.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5249 imageIssued at Old Calabar 1893 (Dec): '5/-' in violet on Great Britain 2 d. grey-green & carmine, an unused example with Gibbons Type 12 handstamped surcharge, variety "Surcharge Vertical Reading Up", of fine colour and appearance, large part trivially aged og. An immensely rare stamp with just 4 stamps recorded, one housed in the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. One of the most elusive of all British Colonial stamps. Signed A. Diena, Stanley Gibbons. Cert. BPA (1973) Gi = £ 45'000.rnProvenance: Collection Colonel E.H.R. Green, Harmer Rooke, New York, 13-18 Nov 1944, lot 1100; Collection Renato Mondolfo RDP.rnrn (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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Currently...CHF 20,000.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5250 imageIssued at Old Calabar 1893 (Dec): '10/-' in vermilion on Great Britain 5 d. dull purple & blue, an unused example with Gibbons Type 12 handstamped surcharge, of fresh colour and appearance, typical speckles from red blotting paper utilised to store the stamps on part og. An extremely rare stamp with just 32 examples issued. Signed A. Diena. Certs. A. Diena (1973), BPA (1973) Gi = £ 6'500.rnProvenance: Collection Renato Mondolfo RDP. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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Currently...CHF 2,500.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5251 image20/- in violet, 20/- vermilion and 20/- in black on Great Britain 1s. dull green, the unique set of three, unused with large part original gum. For detailed descriptions see lots 5251A, 5251B and 5251C. To the best of our knowledge it is the first time for at least a century that the three 20/- stamps are being offered as a complete set showing the three different overprint colours. Truly a "Once in a Lifetime Chance"! Gi = GBP 380'000.rnrnNote: If lot 5251 remains unsold, the three single stamps will be offered individually as lots 5251A, 5251B and 5251C. (Image 1)



Currently...CHF 160,000.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5251A imageIssued at Old Calabar 1893 (Dec): '20/-' in violet on Great Britain 1 s. dull green, an unused example with Gibbons Type 12 handstamped surcharge, of excellent fresh colour and appearance and superb large part original gum. One of the rarest stamps in the world of classic philately with just two examples recorded, the third example known is with the handstamped surcharge inverted. Magnificent in all respects and without doubt the finer of the two examples issued, the other (ex Henry Duveen and Arthur Hind, lot 618, now residing in the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II) having nibbed perforations at top. Unique in private hands, a philatelist's dream to be able to see, handle and describe, the rarest perforated stamp of British Colonial philately - the first time this stamp has been available for open auction sale in 100 years. Signed A. Diena, R. Mondolfo. Certs. A. Diena (1963) and BPA (1974) Gi = £ 140'000.rnProvenance: Collection Philippe Ferrary de la Renotière, Druout, Paris, sale 5, 15-17 Nov 1922, lot 127 (realised 16'000 French Francs); Collection Renato Mondolfo RDP. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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Currently...CHF 60,000.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5251B imageIssued at Old Calabar 1893 (Dec): '20/-' in vermilion on Great Britain 1 s. dull green, an unused example with Gibbons Type 12 handstamped surcharge, of good colour and appearance and superb large part original gum. One of the rarest stamps in the world of classic philately with three examples recorded (possibly four examples, as yet unconfirmed to this describer), but the accepted three are illustrated and recorded in the H.R. Holmes article in the Philatelic Journal of Oct-Nov 1946). Magnificent in all respects and without doubt the finer of the two available examples, the others (ex Ferrary, sale 9, lot 32 / Hind lot 619 / Dale-Lichtenstein lot 201 / / H and T. Gibralter lot 1918) having two blunted perfs. at top and the third example resides in the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II). An extraordinary stamp, a philatelist's dream to be able to see, handle and describe, the first time this stamp has been available for open auction sale in 34 years. Signed Stanley Gibbons. Cert. BPA (1987) Gi = £ 120'000.rnrnProvenance: Collection C.J. Daun (1901).rn Sold to Stanley Gibbons (circa June 1910).rn Collection Jorge E. Rodriguez of Buenos Aires (1911), exhibited in Vienna and Turin in 1911 and the Paris Exhibition of 1913.rn Collection Colonel E.H.R. Green, Harmer Rooke, New York, 13-18 Nov 1944, lot 1103.rn Collection Oliver Peyton (Isleham), Christies, New York, 11 March 1987, lot 2257.rn (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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Currently...CHF 50,000.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5251C imageIssued at Old Calabar 1893 (Dec): '20/-' in black on Great Britain 1 s. dull green, an unused example with Gibbons Type 12 handstamped surcharge, of fresh colour and appearance but for merest slightly blunt perforation at base, tiny brown hinge remnant on superb large part original gum. One of the rarest stamps in the world of classic philately with three examples recorded. A magnificent example of this great rarity being one of but two available examples (the other ex Green lot 1104 / Dale lot 202) as the third example resides in the collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. An extraordinary stamp, a philatelist's dream to be able to see, handle and describe, the first time this stamp has been available for open auction sale in 30 years and the first time this example has been offered openly in 100 years. Ferrary violet handstamp on reverse. Signed Holcombe. Cert. Peter Holcombe (1996) Gi = £ 120'000.rnProvenance: Collection Philippe Ferrary de la Renotière, Druout, Paris, sale 5, 15-17 Nov 1922, lot 128. Realised 12'500 French Francs; Giangiacomo Orlandini, private sale, Dec 1996. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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Currently...CHF 50,000.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5252 NO LOT

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Currently...CHF 0.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5253 imageNO LOT (Image 1)



Currently...CHF 0.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5254 imageOil Rivers 1893: Waterlow Essay / Die Proof prior to 'Oil Rivers' being obliterated, stamp size imperforate Essay for the proposed 1 d. value, printed in blue on medium wove paper, fresh and very fine. Rare and most attractive. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 250.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5255 imageBonny River Provisional Bisects 1894 (Jan 1): 1 d. pale blue, a used example and a diagonally bisected example in combination with very rare usage of the Oil Rivers July 1892 2 d. grey-green and carmine diagonally bisected and 1894 2 d. green, all on 1894 registered cover to Luton tied by "Bonny" squared circle datestamps (Sept 11) in black. "R" handstamp at left and oval 'Registered / Liverpool' transit (Oct 25) on obverse. Philatelic but correctly rated and a most attractive cover Gi = £ 2'000+. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Currently...CHF 500.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5256 imageOil Rivers 1893: Waterlow Essay / Die Proof prior to 'Oil Rivers' being obliterated, 2 d. in myrtle green, imperforate on folded medium wove cream paper (75 x 112 mm.), with some retouching in pale bluish green ink surrounding the value tablets at base, with manuscript "Touched" in pencil and negative numbered '2' at top and '25' at base. Rare. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 400.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5257 imageBonny River Provisional Bisects 1894 (Jan 1): 2 d. green diagonally bisected and 1 d. pale blue diagonally bisected, used in combination with July 1892 2 d. grey-green and carmine and 1894 1 d. dull blue on 1894 registered cover to Luton tied by "Bonny" squared circle datestamps (Sept 11) in black. "R" handstamp at left and oval 'Registered / Liverpool' transit (Oct 25) on obverse and Luton arrival on reverse. Philatelic but correctly rated and a most attractive cover Gi = £ 900+. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 300.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5258 imageOil Rivers 1893: Waterlow Essay / Die Proof prior to 'Oil Rivers' being obliterated, 2½ d. carmine-lake imperforate on cream wove paper in sunken card (67 x 112 mm.), somewhat dusty with manuscript "Original Set / Cast" in pencil at top and reverse with manuscript "E.S.Frayne" in pencil. A rare and most appealing Proof.rnProvenance: Collection Colonel J.R. Danson, RL, London, 10 March 1971, ex lot 1766. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 400.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5259 image1894 (Jan 1): 2½ d. carmine-lake, a horizontal strip of four used on 1894 quadruple rate cover to Camberley, Surrey endorsed 'S. S. Dahomey' all cancelled by "Bonny River" cds's in black (Jan 29) and by italic PAQUEBOT handstamp in black. "Paid / Liverpool / Br. Packet" cds in red on front (March 3) and Camberley arrival on reverse. Heavy file folds away from the adhesives but a scarce usage. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 200.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5260 imageOil Rivers 1893: Waterlow Essay prior to 'Oil Rivers' being obliterated, Imperforate Essay for the proposed 1 s. value, printed in black on medium cream wove paper (90 x 1219 mm.), crossed through in pencil with left value tablet hand-painted in Chinese white and right hand value tablet un-coloured, without spandrels added above the vignette at top. Splash of Chinese white at upper right of the Essay and some soiling as this was a working Proof, but very rare and most unusual. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Currently...CHF 500.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5261 image1894 (Jan 1): The collection on leaves with unused set of six, ½ d. vermilion in an unused block of fifteen (5 x 3) from top left corner of the sheet, 1 d. pale blue in an unused block of twelve (4 x 3) from base of sheet, thereafter with cancellation study with "Old Calabar River" usages on ½ d. block, 1 d. blocks of four and fifteen, 2 d. green in blocks of six and nine, "Old Calabar" on sets (and duplication) incl. 1 d. dull blue block, "Benin River" in red on five values; "Bonny River" on complete set, "Warri" datestamps etc. A fresh and fine lot (65 items) Gi = £ 1'100+. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4) (Image 5) (Image 6) (Image 7)

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Currently...CHF 250.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5262 image1894: Waterlow Colour Trials (6), Imperforate set of six in unissued colours with ½ d. in dull grey-blue, 1 d. in purple, 2 d. in brown, 2½ d. in vermilion, 5 d. in lake-red and 1 s. in deep green; the ½ d. and 1 d. with some age spots otherwise a fresh and very fine set. Rare and attractive.rnProvenance: Harmers, London, 14 Feb 1995, lot 1372. (Image 1)



Currently...CHF 500.00
Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM

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