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Spink London Sale - 2007
The 'Lionheart' Collection of Great Britain and British Empire - Part XII -
July 15, 2020
The "Lionheart" Collection part XII consists of over 300 lots from across
Great Britain and the former British Empire; dotted throughout the sale are
some lovely Specimen stamps including Ceylon with the 1912-25 1000r. with
the broken crown and scroll variety, The popular K.U.T. 1922 set with
values to £100 and the very rare Straits Settlements 1867 Surcharges. There
is also a nice section of Cape of Good Hope Triangles and a fine selection
of Canada and provinces Airmails including the 1927 25c. Tully and Medcalf
London to London semi-official and Newfoundland with both the 1919 ‘Hawker’
3c. and the 1927 ‘De Pinedo’ 60c. both on cover. Rhodesia is another area
of note with superb imperforate varieties, a nice mint example of the perf.
15 Double Head £1 and a group of 1913 Admirals in attractive corner blocks
Canada. Semi-Official Air Mail - The Tully
and Medcalf Disaster Flight. 1927 (August) 25c. green and yellow, unused
with original gum. One hundred of these special stamps were printed bearing
the portraits of the aviators Cpt. Terrance B. Tully and Lt. James V.
Medcalf, ninety of these were used on cover and loaded onto the 'Sir John
Carling' aircraft in London, Ontario; after the scheduled stop at Harbour
Grace, Newfoundland on the long stretch to London, England on September 7th
1927 the aircraft plunged into the Atlantic Ocean killing both crew
members, the aircraft was never found and thus all of its contents lost.
One cover bearing the 25c. stamp which was not loaded onto the aircraft in
error is known along with just a handful of unused examples, this may be
considered to be the finest. An incredibly rare and important Airmail
label. Signed Kessler, E. Diena and others and accompanied by E. Diena
(1987) and Sergio Sismondo (2003) Certificates. Unitrade CLP 6,
Southern Rhodesia. 1932 (1 May) Victoria Falls 3d. deep
ultramarine vertical pair from the right of the sheet variety imperforate
horizontally, with the unique Printer's Guide mark between the stamps (Rows
5 and 6); original lightly mounted gum, light horizontal gum crease between
impressions. Fine and very rare with only twenty-two units existing in
pairs, blocks of four and the block of six, this being unit 6 as identified
in the Rhodesian Philatelist article (see footnote below). B.P.A.
Certificate (2013). S.G. 30a
Malaya. Straits Settlements. 1867 (1
Sept.) Surcharged on Stamps of East India. 1½c. on ½a. blue, 2c. on 1.
brown, 3c. on 1a. brown, 4c. on 1a. brown, 6c. on 2a. yellow, 8c. on 2a.
yellow, 24c. on 8a. carmine and 32c. on 2a. yellow, each handstamped
'specimen' (Type SS1), the 1½c. and 6c. without gum, the others with either
small part or part original gum, all of good colour and perfs and in very
good condition for the issue. Some of the rarest British Colonial Specimen
Newfoundland. Airmails. 1927 (20 May) envelope to Liverpool
bearing 60c. black overprinted 'air mail/de pinedo.1927' in red, tied by
machine cancellation and 'st. johns n'fld/may 20/1927' c.d.s. alongside,
carried on the Trepassey-Rome-London flight; central vertical filing fold
to envelope; a fine and attractive example of this Airmail rarity. S.G.
Session 1: July 15, 2020 Lot Numbers 1 -345
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