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British Guiana continued...

1856 Provisionals (SG 23-27) continued...
Lot Symbol Catalog No. Descrip Opening
30120 SG 24 imageTHE "DU PONT" 4 CENTS MAGENTA VILLAGE COVER 1856 Provisional 4 cents black on magenta, Type 4, initials of postal clerk Wight "EDW", cut octagonally and displaying the complete design, used on cover to Sophia's Hope Estate in Mahaicony, tied by the impression to the cover of the village datestamp of Williamstown "A 3 C 30 JL 1856" (matching strike on reverse), Demerara transit over flap, from the Barlow correspondence; a very fine and appealing example of this rarity; (SG £75’000). One of only four 4 cents magenta covers recorded with a village postmark. Provenance: John E. du Pont (Lot 60079, David Feldman SA, June 2014) Expertise: Cert. BPA (2014)(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. GBP 15,000

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM
30121 SG 24 imageTHE "OSCAR A. SCHENCK" COVER FRONT 1856 Provisional 4 cents black on magenta, Type 3, initials of postal clerk Wight "EDW", cut octagonally being slightly touched at top with clear margins in other respects, cut octagonally, used on cover front 'p Mail' to Plantation Foulis, Berbice, tied by Demerara datestamp on 11 July 1856; (SG £75’000 for complete cover). This example exhibits a surprisingly light shade which could be also easily classified as rose-carmine. The 4 cents rose-carmine (SG 25) does not exist on cover, so if this shade will be eventually accepted, it would represent a unique use on cover. Provenance: Oscar A. Schenck (Harmer Rooke & Co., January 1951) John E. du Pont (Lot 60080, David Feldman SA, June 2014) Expertise: Cert. BPA (2014)(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. GBP 7,000

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM
30122 O SG 25 imageTHE FINEST EXAMPLE RECORDED 1856 Provisional 4 cents black on rose-carmine, Type 4, initials of postal clerk Wight "EDW", exceedingly large margins which are very balanced, with light Demerara datestamp of 15 September 1856; (SG £40'000). The BPA certificate mentions "tiny thin specks" which, in the common opinion of our experts, refer to only one tiny natural paper flaw located outside the design. Even if we accept the statement of the certificate, as the stamp itself (the area of the design) is in absolutely perfect condition, it has to be described as extremely fine. Consequently, this is the finest example recorded of the very rare 4 cents rose-carmine, as a result of the following features: the widest margined example of any recorded, the great freshness, and the delicacy with which the cancellation was struck leaving the design very clear. A great gem of this issue. Note: The rose-carmine shade is much rarer than the magenta, and is often misidentified. Out of seventeen examples we have recorded, only three are known to be in very fine condition. Provenance: John E. du Pont (Lot 60082, David Feldman SA, June 2014) Expertise: Signed Bloch and "Thier" Max Thier, Cert. BPA (2014) Census of the three cut-square examples in very fine condition: - Ex Ferrary, used on 29 October 1856, "very fine" - Ex Dale-Lichtenstein and Caspary, used on 13 November 1856, "large margined copy, very fine" - Ex du Pont, used on 15 September 1856 (the lot offered here)(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. GBP 15,000

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM
30123 O SG 25 imageTHE EXTREMELY RARE 4 CENTS ROSE-CARMINE INITIALLED "ETED" 1856 Provisional 4 cents black on rose-carmine, Type 1, initials of postal clerk Dalton "ETED", cut square, light Demerara datestamp of 27 September 1856, fresh colour, hinge thins of little significance for this attractive stamp in unrepaired original state of preservation; (SG £40'000). Probably only two or three examples recorded with the "ETED" initials. Provenance: John E. du Pont (Lot 60084, David Feldman SA, June 2014) Expertise: Cert. BPA (2014)(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. GBP 5,000

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM
30124 O SG 25 image1856 Provisional 4 cents black on rose-carmine, initials of postal clerk Wight "EDW", cut square, in most typical shade, ideally struck central Demerara datestamp of 12 November 1856 displaying complete, lower left corner added, fresh colour, rare; (SG £40'000). One of the latest recorded usages of this stamp, one day before the latest known (13 November 1856, ex Ferrary & Dale-Lichtenstein). Provenance: Frederick T. Small (Lot 74, Robson Lowe, March 1970, "very fine") John E. du Pont (Lot 60083, David Feldman SA, June 2014) Expertise: Signed "Richter" Georg Richter, Cert. BPA (2014)(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. GBP 3,000

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM
30125 DE SG 26 imageONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE UNUSED STAMPS OF BRITISH GUIANA 1856 Provisional 4 cents black on blue glazed surface-coloured paper, initials of postal clerk Wight "EDW", cut octagonally displaying good margins, uncancelled, very minor surface blemishes which are almost invisible, the glazed surfaced being in outstanding condition for this paper; this example must be regarded as of exceptional quality and as one of the finest known also taking into consideration the used examples; (SG £150'000 for used examples, uncatalogued as unused). An outstanding world rarity: the unique unused example recorded, one of the two rarest and most valuable of all unused stamps of British Guiana, an absolute gem and rarity of the highest degree in the British Empire, being presented in this sale for the first time, as an unused example, with all its deserved eminence. Note: This stamp was previously offered at auction in the sales of the collections formed by Ferrary, Burrus, Gilbert and "Tatiana". It was always described as used, although there is not any trace to arrive to the conclusion of that statement, which was most presumably due to the fact that the stamp was unknown as uncancelled, and they took in for granted that it had to be used. After the Ferrary sale, the other three name sales adopted the opinion as "used" as a norm, without questioning that condition. The prestigious expert committee of the British Philatelic Association issued a certificate in 2016, where it was finally described as uncancelled, with all its deserved importance. Our experts in David Feldman International Auctioneers have carefully examined this example, and no sign has been found to believe that this stamp was ever used, thus corroborating the statement in the certificate. Provenance: Philipp von Ferrary (Lot 55, Sale I, June 1921) Maurice Burrus (Lot 89, Robson Lowe London, November 1963, "an attractive example") Edward M. Gilbert (Lot 288, Spink - H.R. Harmer, June 2005) "Tatiana" Collection (Lot 40051, David Feldman, June 2016) Expertise: Cert. BPA (2016)(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. GBP 100,000

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM
30126 O SG 26 imageTHE FINEST "HIND" & "DALE-LICHTENSTEIN" EXAMPLE 1856 Provisional 4 cents black on blue glazed surface-coloured, Type 3, initials of postal clerk Wight "EDW", cut square with exceptional margins for this difficult stamp, central 27 September 1856 Demerara datestamp, a little rubbed at top as it is the norm for this issue, very fine and displaying a fresh colour; (SG £150'000). An exceptional example of this tremendous rarity, belonging to the elite group of the three finest recorded in private hands; as described in the Dale-Lichtenstein sale, it is "an excellent example of a classic rarity". According to our records, only fourteen examples have been offered at auction, of which twelve are used (six cut square and six cut octagonally), the other two being unused and used on cover; the 20 examples mentioned by Townsend most probably also include the ones not illustrated in the Ferrary sale (possibly due to a dubious nature and which have not reappeared since), and the ones gracing institutional collections. Provenance: Philipp von Ferrary (Lot 242, Sale 2, February 1921, "superbe") Arthur Hind (Lot 106, Second Sale, May 1934, "superb one of the finest known") Dale-Lichtenstein (Lot 452, H.R. Harmer, February 1969, "an excellent example of a classic rarity", acquired then by Renato Mondolfo) John E. du Pont (Lot 60086, David Feldman SA, June 2014) Expertise: Signed "A.Diena" Alberto Diena, Cert. BPA (2014)(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. GBP 50,000

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM
30127 O SG 26 imageONE OF THE TWO FINEST USED CUT OCTAGONALLY EXAMPLES 1856 Provisional 4 cents black on blue glazed surface-coloured, initials of postal clerk Wight "EDW", cut octagonally with good margins, showing village datestamp "A 8 C" of Arabian Coast used in January 1857, with the minor surface blemishes which are characteristic of this issue; (SG £150'000). Of the only six recorded used cut octagonally examples, this is one of the two finest, rivalling with the 20 November 1856 example used on piece in the Greenwood collection, the other four having faults or being repaired. Provenance: John E. du Pont (Lot 60087, David Feldman SA, June 2014) Expertise: Cert. BPA (2014)(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. GBP 20,000

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM
30128 O SG 26 image1856 Provisional 4 cents black on blue glazed surface-coloured, initials of postal clerk Wight "EDW", cut octagonally, Demerara datestamp of 28 September 1856, full margins; (SG £150'000). Note: According to the BPA certificate, the stamp is creased and variously repaired. In our opinion it is not repaired, but wrinkles at top caused a colour loss as occasionally happens to the chalky surfaced paper, in an area which has been repainted. The reverse of the stamp has no faults. The actual condition of the stamp is much better than in the version described in the certificate. Provenance: John E. du Pont (Lot 60088, David Feldman SA, June 2014) Expertise: Cert. BPA (2014)(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. GBP 15,000

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM
30129 SG 26 imageTHE FAMOUS "HOPE" COVER THE UNIQUE 4 CENTS BLACK ON BLUE COVER 1856 Provisional 4 cents black on blue surface glazed paper, initials of postal clerk Wight "EDW", cut octagonally with good margins all around, being an outstanding quality example, used on cover to Sophia's Hope Estate in Mahaicony, very lightly cancelled by village datestamp of Williamstown "A 3 C OC 30 1856" (matching strike on reverse), Demerara transit over flap, originating from the Barlow correspondence; (SG 450'000). The only known cover with this stamp, being of great significance as this is one of the rarest stamps of British Guiana, representing the most important item of this issue, and one of the outstanding covers of British Guiana. Without doubt, a great exhibition and world rarity. Provenance: William Augustus Townsend (Lot 59, Harmer's, Oct. 1970) John E. du Pont (Lot 60089, David Feldman SA, June 2014) Expertise: "Pemberton Wilson & Co" dealer's signature applied before 1892 (when the London company was sold to Theodor Buhl), signed J.-F. Brun, Cert. BPA (2014)(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. GBP 150,000

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM
30130 O SG 27 imageTHE FINEST CUT OCTAGONALLY EXAMPLE 1856 Provisional 4 cents black on dark blue coloured fully through, Type 3, the famous sugar paper, initials of postal clerk Wight "EDW", cut octagonally displaying complete margins and deep colour, Demerara datestamp "AU 15(?) 1856", minute thin spot next "Pe" of "Petimus" at top and almost invisible pressed creasing, a fine unrepaired example of this major rarity, only showing small faults; (SG £225'000). A world classic rarity with only ten examples known in private hands (an additional example graces the Royal collection), of which about half are cut octagonally (we use the term "about" as we can confirm that some of the cut square examples have margins added in the corners to make them look as cut square, so the number of cut octagonally will be probably more than 50%). This example is preserved in its unrepaired original condition and is barely impaired by two minor imperfections, making this the finest known cut octagonally. With only ten examples available, this stamp is about as rare as the Mauritius 1847 "Post Office" 2 Pence Blue (twelve known). Provenance: John E. du Pont (Lot 60085, David Feldman SA, June 2014) Expertise: Cert. BPA (2014)(Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Estimate. GBP 40,000

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM
Later Issues
Lot Symbol Catalog No. Descrip Opening
30131 Proof SG 32 image1860-76 Ship Issues (SG 29-115). 1860-76 Ship issue 4 cents black, die proof in black on carton paper, very fine and rare.(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. GBP 300

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30132 SG 40 image1860-79 Ship issue 1 cent reddish brown, perf. 12, mint, fresh, vibrant vivid colour with superb perforations and centring showing equally large margins all around, a truly exceptional example; (SG £550).(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. GBP 200

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30133 ,, SG 60 imageTHE "BURRUS" BLOCK OF 65 1860-76 Ship issue 4 cent perf. 12 1/2 mint block of sixty-five, comprising half the fourth row and the lower six rows of the sheet with margins and "Waterlow & Sons, London" printer's inscription at foot, deep shade, very well centred examples, slight creases and odd tone spots, not detracting from this extraordinary multiple and attractive exhibition item; (SG £7'800+ as singles). Note: The Four Cents denomination was printed from four settings. The first from a stone of 100 individual clichés in four printings, the first two perf. 12 on thin or thick papers, the last two perf. 12 1/2 on thin or medium paper respectively. the rest were composed using transfer strips of five types, and perf. 12 1/2, 10 and (part of 4th setting) perf. 15. Provenance: Maurice Burrus (Lot 97, Robson Lowe, November 1963) John E. du Pont (Lot 60092, David Feldman SA, June 2014)(Image 1)

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Estimate. GBP 4,000

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM
30134 ,, SG 85 image1860-76 Ship issue 1 cents black, medium paper, perf. 12 1/2-13, bottom imprint sheet marginal mint large block of seventy (the full sheet is composed of 100), from the 5th setting, position 83 showing "broken buckle" variety, with predominantly well centred examples, fresh, very fine and a very rare unused multiple; (SG £5'950+ as singles). Provenance: John E. du Pont(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. GBP 1,000

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM
30135 ,, SG 90 image1860-76 Ship issue 4 cents blue, perf. 10, mint block of fifteen from the 4th setting, types B-C-D-E-A repeated vertically, quite well centred units, of great freshness and appealing pastel colour, a scarce unused multiple; (SG £2'250+ as singles). Provenance: John E. du Pont(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. GBP 500

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM
30136 ,, SG 95 image1860-76 Ship issue 8 cents pink, perf. 10, mint block of eight from the 3rd setting, rough perforations, still though very fine and of great freshness for this scarce unused multiple; (SG £2'600+). Provenance: John E. du Pont(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. GBP 500

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM
30137 ,, SG 96a image1860-76 Ship issue 8 cents carmine, perf. 10, mint imprint sheet marginal block of thirty-five (7x5), from the 3rd setting, types A-B-C-D-E-A-B repeated vertically, mainly displaying good centrings and very fresh, very fine and an extraordinary unused multiple; (SG £17'500+ as singles). Note: There were about 150,000 issues of this stamp from the 2nd and 3rd printings, with sheets of 50 composed of five transfer types, perforated 10 or 12 1/2 (both settings) and 15 (3rd setting only). Provenance: David Bernhard Edward T. Granger Frederick T. Small (Lot 143, Robson Lowe, March 1970), showing his "Comet" hs on reverse John E. du Pont(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Get Market Data for [British Guiana 96a]

Estimate. GBP 4,000

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM
30138 , SG 96a image1860-76 Ship issue 8 cents carmine, perf. 10, mint pair from the 3rd setting, types D-E, fresh, excellent centring, very fine and a very scarce unused multiple; (SG £1'000 as singles). Provenance: John E. du Pont(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. GBP 200

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM
30139 ,, SG 105 image1860-76 Ship issue 48 cents red, perf. 10, bottom imprint marginal mint block of four from the 4th setting, types A-B/A-B, good impression, remarkably showing the Waterlow & Sons imprint in sheet margin, fine and one of the rare blocks recorded, which are only known for the fourth setting; (SG £1'800 as singles). Provenance: John E. du Pont(Image 1) (Image 2)

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Estimate. GBP 400

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM

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