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LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
281 /o   imageRyukyus, Collection, 1948-1970. In White Ace album, mostly mint, with 14-15, 44-53, C1-3, C9-13 and a couple nice early commercial covers, generally Fine to Very Fine, ex Sheeran.
Estimate $300 - 400. (Image)

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Suggested Bid $300-400
SOLD for $300.00
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282 /o   imageU.S. Possessions, Tucked-Away Holding, 19th & 20th Century. On various pages and a well-worn Elbe stockbook, old-school all the way, we note Hawaii (mostly reprints); Shanghai's (includes high values mint); Canal Zone on stockcards and sales sheets with blocks and varieties, specialized collection on album leaves (Cat $3,678); seven various old auction lots on original album pages --about $2800 catalog value here, then folders of Philippines (over $3,000 catalog) Guam (over $6,800 catalog) then Danish West Indies (catalog $750), an interesting oldie but goodie lot and unchecked for potential varieties, the occasional very good or fine and some faults as one might expect, viewing invited, generally Fine to Very Fine.
Scott approximately $30,000 (Owner's) Estimate $5,000 - 7,500. (Image)

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Suggested Bid $5,000-7,500
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283 /o/   imageU.S. Possessions, Old Time Mint & Used Collection, 1865-1972. A brilliant collection with many unusual item in a stockbook & an album, includes Canal Zone with first day covers, first flight covers and a mint postal stationary collection including U12, U13 (2), mint Cuba J2-J4, Hawaii mint 71, 72, Philippines with used 213-217, mint 495 & E1, mint imperf pairs 348-350, plate blocks 340-341, Japanese Occupationals, huge potential, inspection invited, Fine to Very Fine, ex Sheeran.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500. (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6) (Image7) (Image8) (Image9)

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Suggested Bid $1,000-1,500
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284   imageU.S. Possessions, The Seven Sisters Collection, 1873-1946. All never hinged in a Scott Specialty album; from Canal Zone to Puerto Rico, a pretty compilation of issues; bulk of the holding comes from the Canal Zone and Philippines which, along with Hawaii, account for the majority of the collection's value; Canal Zone features overprints on both Panama and US stamps, along with a largely complete run of inscribed issues; Hawaii includes a number of Provisional Government overprints; Philippines offers a nice array of overprints from 1899, and largely complete from 1934 including Victory overprints and Japanese Occupation issues; fresh and clean throughout, Fine to Very Fine with much better, inspection invited.
Scott $2,000+ Estimate $500 - 750. (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6) (Image7) (Image8) (Image9)

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Suggested Bid $500-750
SOLD for $600.00
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285 /   imageU.S. Possessions, Collection, 1980s-'90s. Palau, Marshall Islands and Micronesia in a total of eight albums (seven White Ace, one Scott Specialty), plus a binder and additional pages loose, o.g., mostly never hinged, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750. (Image)

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Suggested Bid $500-750
SOLD for $450.00
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286 /o   imageU.S. Possessions, Mint & Used Collection, 1866-1945. Presented in a Scott album, mint unless noted Canal Zone 2, 14, 20, Cuba J3-J4DWI J1-J4, Guam 10, Hawaii 30-34, useful Philippines, Puerto Rico 210-214, nice starter's collection, please review, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600. (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4)

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Suggested Bid $400-600
SOLD for $475.00
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287 /o/   imageU.S. Possessions, Mint & Used Collection, 1898-1905. Includes mint 4-8, 13-14, J7-J9, Cuba 224-226, J2-J4, Guam 1-2, 5, 10, Hawaii 46, 58, 60, 62, Philippines mint & used, with mint postal stationery, an inexpensive option to restock, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400. (Image)

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Suggested Bid $300-400
SOLD for $375.00
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288 /o   imageU.S. and Possessions, Sprawling Mint & Used Holding, 1851-2000s. Well organized and identified on stock pages in five gigantic binders, quantities range from one or two to many, some highlights we saw in flipping include used: 10; 10A; 71; mint 11; 222; 233-6; 278 specimen; 319g; 287-8; 294-8; 331-40; there is a nice run of items by issue including some nicer cancels starting with the 1851s up through the 1920s where its just stock, later period includes blocks & plate blocks such as 581-91; 704-15, national parks with Farley positions and souvenir sheets: 730-1 (17) sets; 735 (14); 750-1 (6)+; the third volume is eclectic with plates C10(3); more souvenir sheets, booklet panes, blocks of 257 & 368 mint; more farlies, 803-34 various, Famous American Plates, 1030-53 Plates; then a bunch of modern issue high values (about $500 Face Value), then the Airmails- with C1-6 and later (no zepps) but includes C18 and more plates of C10, C24, etc., a C10a, C25-31 plates, Special Deliveries, F1s, Postage Dues, Lovely Officials with some humdingers ($20,000 + catalog), Newspapers noted: PR1-3; PR2B; PR4-5; PR9-13, PR15; PR17; PR20; PR63; PR112; PR122-5, ETC. ($6,000 catalog plus), Parcel Post & Dues; Locals including some reference which wasn't counted, and some cut squares, the last volume begins Possessions with: Canal Zone ($3,500 catalog); Cuba ($1,400 catalog); Guam ($700 catalog); DWI ($800 catalog); Hawaii ($1,700 catalog); Philippines ($1,600 catalog); Puerto Rico ($400 catalog); the quality on this runs the gamit more fine than very fine and certainly some condition issues, overall useful and quite a few plums to be plucked by the winning bidder, viewing would be helpful, have a look and see what we mean.
Scott $120,000+ Estimate $8,000 - 12,000. (Image)

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Suggested Bid $8,000-12,000
SOLD for $7,000.00
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289 /   imageU.S. and Possessions, All-Mint Collection, 1934-40. Mounted on Scott Specialty pages for the US proper, Canal Zone and Philippines; our spot-checks show US and Canal Zone mostly never hinged, while Philippines are a mix of never or very lightly hinged; US runs from the National Parks series through #902, with full Prexies, National Park sheetlets (hinged), Famous Americans, etc.; Canal Zone includes #117a, overprinted ½¢ and 1½c Prexies, #120-135 and C15-C20; Philippines run virtually complete between #383 and #460 with "Commonwealth" overprints, plus #C52-C53, C54-C56, O15-O24, etc.; incredibly fresh, with nearly all as bright as when they were printed, Very Fine on the whole, a nice arrangement of mid-period material; viewing urged.
Estimate $150 - 200. (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6) (Image7) (Image8) (Image9) (Image10) (Image11) (Image12)

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Suggested Bid $150-200
SOLD for $170.00
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290   imageU.S. Possessions in the Pacific, Mint Collection 1984-2015. Fresh clean collection, with Marshall Islands in 5 volumes, includes hundreds of first day covers, Palau in 2 volumes, and Micronesia in a volume, approximately $900.00 in total face, a pleasant lot, Fine to Very Fine, ex Sheeran.
Estimate $500 - 750. (Image)

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Suggested Bid $500-750
SOLD for $800.00
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291   imageU.S. Possessions in the Pacific, Collections, 1983-94. In three Scott binders. Palau and Micronesia appear mostly complete from 1983-94 and with blank pages to 2000, also includes souvenir sheets, booklets and booklet panes; Marshall Islands is well filled from 1989-99 and with blank pages to 2000, and includes sheets and booklets, the World War II set is in singles and sheets for the included years, Excellent beginnings, three lovely collections just waiting to be expanded, all included stamps appear to be choice never hinged and mounted on expensive album pages, high face value, original acquisition cost was huge, Extremely Fine group, ex Winston.
Estimate $250 - 350. (Image)

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Suggested Bid $250-350
SOLD for $400.00
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292 /   imageUnited Nations, Mint Collection, 1951-2005. Eight White Ace albums with a mint collection, plus mailing envelopes and folders with mint stamps, souvenir sheets and full sheets, come explore this super lot, mixed condition, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750. (Image)

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SOLD for $375.00
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293 /   imageUnited Nations, Large Holding, 1951-2001. In fifteen albums or stock books, six of which seem to contain the meat of the collection, with separate books for New York, Geneva and Vienna, there seem to be a few albums for various duplicates, two albums for souvenir cards from the 1980's, one stock book for various large items, plate blocks, large booklets, first day covers, etc., three large stock books of plate blocks and an album of flag first day covers, generally Fine to Very Fine, ex Sheeran.
Estimate $500 - 750. (Image)

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SOLD for $375.00
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294 /o/   imageUnited Nations, Collection / Dealer Stock, 1951-1990's. In three Scott Specialty albums, with spaces for singles and plate blocks, twelve mint sheet file folders filled with mostly flag sheets, plus a few early 1990's panes, four dealer counter books of tear pages of plate blocks and singles and two large counter boxes of covers, with FDC's, Maximum cards, etc., generally Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600. (Image)

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295   imageUnited Nations, Mint & Used Collection, 1951-2015. Desirable collection that includes inscription block collection, Geneva presentation packs, souvenir sheets, mint & used stock, 9 volumes of UNICEF material, first day covers & postal stationery, review is urged, overall Very Fine, ex Sheeran.
Estimate $400 - 600. (Image)

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SOLD for $425.00
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296 /   imageUnited Nations, Massive Collection, 1951-90s. In 19 albums and stock books, plus several boxes of glassines, sheet file folders, etc., with plenty of value in the 1990s' large sheetlets that were often forgotten by most collectors, but have a huge amount of cumulative Scott value, generally Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $350 - 500. (Image)

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297 /   imageUnited Nations, Three-Office Collection, 1951-85. Two formats, and a partridge in a pear tree; four Scott Specialty albums with pages (and the odd 1990 Human Rights issue) continuing to 2000; pages for singles and for marginal inscription blocks from each of the New York, Geneva and Vienna Offices, plus a smattering of stationery; note two examples of #38, one a First Day-cancelled Type I, the other a mint (never hinged?) Type II; New York includes blocks of four, some complete sheets, etc.; a solid holding, Very Fine overall, bird and tree not included, ex Winston.
Estimate $300 - 400. (Image)

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Suggested Bid $300-400
SOLD for $325.00
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British Commonwealth

Great Britain
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
298 o/   imageGreat Britain, The Wyon Medal and the Penny Black, 1837-40. This extensive collection illuminates the prehistory of the Penny Black and its iconic portrait of a young Queen Victoria. The bust, based on an engraving by William Wyon, was most famous prior to 1840 as the obverse of "The Wyon Medal", produced to celebrate Victoria's attendance of the annual Mayoralty banquet at Guildhall in the City of London. Encompassing both numismatics and philately, the collection here offered documents the full scope of the Wyon Victoria. Beginning with contemporary medals (close to 50, including two Guildhall medals), coins and decorative objects, along with Penny Black usages (39 covers), the holdings also include the centenary and sesquicentenary celebrations of the Black, with other modern philatelic items as well.

There are nearly 50 contemporary medals utilizing the Wyon bust, including two Guildhall medals (one copper, one silver), plus British National Stamp Show/Stampex mementos or awards (various medals) from the 1980s-90s. Also featured are two large bois durci cameos, one of Victoria, the matching Albert, along with a 1985-86 National Postal Museum Wedgwood Sweets Dish (white on black; #80 of 1000 issued) and a Crimea campaign medal set into bottom of a silver finger bowl(?). A fun, and unexpected, item is a letterpress metal plate (mounted and ready for printing) of four oversized "Penny Blacks" in denominations of 5p, 10p, 15p and 50p, all with a "Postal Strike" banner across the lower right corner (when printed).

The stamps include 39 Penny Black covers (one a horizontal pair, one alongside a 1d Red) plus five singles off-piece. These show a range of cancels (from devilish to Pollock-esque) and usages (including a turned letter and several stamps severely cut down, perhaps as a means of reusing the "mint" portion of a stamp to defraud the Post Office).

A "VR"-lettered example is included as well (whose printing looks slightly metallic), along with three Penny Red covers—including one addressed to Rowland Hill in Bayswater—and four 2d Blue singles in shades plus a cover. You'll also find an imitation copper printing plate, a Penny Black Albert (possibly the work of François Fournier), a Penny Red on (perhaps) Penny Black printer's waste (in need of further research!), etc., etc. Many of the Penny Black covers are to well-known persons of the time, and come with biographical information. There are also several examples of pre-adhesive postal markings, including a forged 1808 "Crown Free" cover (charged 4d postage).

The Classics are accompanied by a binder of material from the 1940 and 1990 celebrations of the Penny Black with a wide array of covers—UK mostly, but Canada and US noted as well. Certainly the most eye-catching is a multi-franked 1940 Centenary Registered cover, including a Penny Black, a perforated Penny Red, plus two later surface-printed Queen Victorias, a King Edward VII, four King George Vs, a King Edward VIII plus three King George VIs—many in red and all bearing the red Exhibition cancel honoring the Red Cross.

Two stunning items are plate proofs on card of the Penny Black, sans corner letters, both signed Robson Lowe. One is inscribed in pencil "1st Proof—upper lip too heavily shaded./1.11.39"; the second "2nd proof. November 16th, 1939."

Bringing us up to the modern era, there is a Fleetwood "Best of the Penny Black Sesquicentennial Stamps" by Charity Boxall (Jeffery Matthews, designer), with virtually all the singles and souvenir sheets issued around the world on the 150th, plus material from the Smithsonian Postal Museum's "The Queen's Own" Exhibit.

And if all that weren't enough…may we introduce you to the stamp snake? This tempting serpent, housed safely in its own display box, measures 25 inches overall, with its 21 5/8-inch body composed of hundreds of stamps (most Penny Reds from a cautious peek—though we see some blue in there as well) removed from envelopes, their corners cropped to varying degrees to produce the taper of the snake's body from head to tail, and strung together on a central line of cotton. Among the clippings and reprints in this lot are several pieces on stamp snakes (one 11 feet long and seven years in the making!). So for all you wondering what to do with those duplicates and space-fillers….

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On 9 November 1837, Queen Victoria traveled from Buckingham Palace to the City of London. The young Queen, not yet enthroned five months, continued the royal tradition of attending the annual Mayoralty banquet at Guildhall at the invitation of the Lord Mayor, the Right Hon. John Cowan, and the Corporation. Her entourage departed the Palace at 2:00 p.m., making its way across town along rapturous crowd-lined streets, arriving at Temple Bar to be greeted by the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, and Aldermen, along with a deputation of six members of the Court of Common Council. The entire party proceeded thence to Guildhall where, following a ceremony of speeches, dinner was announced at 5:20 p.m., and, having dined and toasted, the Queen set off on her return to Buckingham Palace at 8:30 p.m.

To commemorate this visit, William Wyon, R.A., an engraver of the Royal Mint, sculpted a commemorative medal, whose obverse featured the head of Her Majesty, with a tiara, to the left, with VICTORIA REGINA the legend. The reverse portrayed the front of the Guildhall, surmounted by the royal standard; the exergue below reading IN HONOUR OF HER MAJESTY'S VISIT TO THE CORPORATION OF LONDON 9th NOV: 1837. The medal measures 2.15 inches in diameter. Officials record three struck in gold, 120 in silver and 350 in bronze.

As proud as Wyon was of his work (he distributed specimens to prospective clients, including other European royals), perhaps even he would be surprised at the latitude and longevity of his 1834 likeness of a then-15-year-old Princess Victoria. For beyond the event-specific medal, his likeness of the queen was used on military decorations for service in the Crimea, the Baltic, China and South Africa, among other theaters; on exposition and diplomatic medals, student prizes, awards for excellence in various fields; and further on book bindings, wall plaques, perfume bottles, jewelry, Wedgwood…any decorative piece imaginable.

But it is as the basis of the Penny Black that it saw its most widespread and popular usage. Rowland Hill, instigator of British postal reforms, felt it a "foregone conclusion" that the first stamp portray the queen, whose portrait should have the added benefit of instilling in the public "a taste for fine art." Wyon's sculpted bust was taken by Edward Henry Corbould and turned into a watercolor drawing for Perkins Bacon & Co. in mid-October 1837, already working with Hill. Corbould's drawing was then transcribed by engravers Charles and Frederick Heath into the stamp we all know and crave today.

Perhaps the greatest fan of the bust was Victoria herself, who never allowed another portrait of herself to appear on stamps or stationery during her long reign. (In the Post, at least, the queen never aged.).
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000. (Image)

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Suggested Bid $7,500-10,000
SOLD for $6,000.00
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299 //o   imageGreat Britain, Classics Collection, 1840-1956. Whoever thought the Victorian Era was boring never saw this collection, presented, mostly mounted, on Scott Specialty pages (some pre-printed, some homemade); the amusement starts with a half-dozen pretty Penny Blacks (one on the whitest paper you've ever seen), followed by a 2d Blue, four Penny Reds (one pair, two singles), four #4's (including a pair), followed by embossed issues including a #6 on piece with 2010 APS certificate, a wide array of surface printed issues, some duplicated and plated; #57 and 109 (3 each, shades), a near-perfectly centered #113 with socked-on-the-nose London dater, a nice £1 green King Edward VII, plus Seahorses, King George VI to the £1, along with Offices (China, Morocco Agencies, Tangier, Turkish Empire), some Officials, modern Dues, Government Parcels, and more, Fine to Very Fine with better, rare that you find so much so nice all in one place; definitely worth the time to review.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000. (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6) (Image7) (Image8) (Image9) (Image10) (Image11)

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Suggested Bid $3,000-4,000
SOLD for $3,250.00
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300 //o   imageGreat Britain, High Tea Collection of Mostly Never Hinged, 1840-1991. In a surfeited Scott Specialty album, running from the Penny Black to the 1991 Maps issue (with pages continuing to 2000); Victoria and Edward mostly used, offering a wealth of cancel varieties, shades, a few perfins, etc.; Georges mixed mint and used, while Elizabethan issues are mostly mint and nearly all never hinged; note #4 single with Ivory Head (?) plus pair, a solid start to a plating of #33, 1919 and 1934 Seahorses (used), early booklet panes, phosphors on early QEIIs, gutter pairs (plain or traffic lights); Wildings; Machins with booklets, panes, se-tenants, and gutter pairs; Semi-Postals, Dues (including sheet bottom gutter pairs), Officials, Regionals, and Offices from Africa to China to Morocco Agencies and Tangier, Fine to Very Fine with much better throughout, a lovely holding; worth a look, ex Winston.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000. (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6) (Image7) (Image8) (Image9) (Image10) (Image11) (Image12) (Image13) (Image14) (Image15) (Image16) (Image17) (Image18)

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Suggested Bid $3,000-4,000
SOLD for $2,300.00
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