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Great Britain continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
62 S 109b imageGreat Britain, 1884, Queen Victoria, 10s ultramarine on bluish paper, Anchor watermark (Scott 109b), o.g., hinge remnants, in exquisite color and perfectly centered; fresh with a clean Type 9 overprint, Extremely Fine, a top-notch half-pounder.
SG 177. S.G. Spec. K13(1)s; £2,750 ($3,550). (Image)

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Suggested Bid $1,500-2,000
SOLD for $750.00
Will close during Public Auction
63 S 110 imageGreat Britain, 1884, Queen Victoria, £1 brown lilac, Imperial Crowns watermark (Scott 110), o.g., hinged, a lovely stamp in alluring color on fresh paper; "dent" in frameline at lower right a plate flaw (paper undamaged), Very Fine.
SG 185. S.G. Spec. K15t; £2,800 ($3,620). (Image)

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Suggested Bid $1,500-2,000
CLOSED
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64 o 111-122 imageGreat Britain, 1887-92, Queen Victoria Jubilee, ½d to 1s (Scott 111-122), each with complete (city and date) or nearly complete circular date stamp, except for 9d (parcel cancel), carefully selected and assembled set, overall Very Fine, Scott recommends a premium of 25-50% for items from this set in this quality/condition.
SG 197/211; £360 ($460). (Image) (Image2)

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Scott $275
Suggested Bid $150-200

CLOSED
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65 S 112, 114, 116, 118-1 imageGreat Britain, 1887-1900, Queen Victoria Jubilees Specimen selection (Scott 112, 114, 116, 118-120), o.g., lightly hinged, each fresh, bright and clean, flawlessly printed with solid overprint, Fine to Very Fine or better, a lovely group.
SG 198, 201, 205, 207-209. S.G. Spec. K29s, K31s, K33s, K35s, K37s-K38s; £435 ($560). (Image)

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Suggested Bid $200-300
SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction
66 S 124 imageGreat Britain, 1891, Queen Victoria, £1 green (Scott 124), o.g., lightly hinged, in sylvan color on immaculate paper; strong overprint and near-perfect centering, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, an appealing stamp.
SG 212. S.G. Spec. K17t; £1,100 ($1,420). (Image)

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Suggested Bid $500-750
SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
67 o 124 imageGreat Britain, 1891, Queen Victoria, £1 green (Scott 124), fresh and exceptionally well-centered with a neat "Registered/Threadneedle St. B.O.E.C." oval, Feb 7, 1896, Very Fine, A premium used £1 green; both Scott and Gibbons recommend a 75% premium for this quality and condition.
SG 212; £800 ($1,030). (Image)

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Scott $800
Suggested Bid $300-400

SOLD for $180.00
Will close during Public Auction
68 S 139, 140 imageGreat Britain, 1902, King Edward VII, De La Rue printing, 2s6d lilac & 5s bright carmine (Scott 139, 140), lovely trio comprising two 2s6d and a single 5s value, each wonderfully centered and bright; one 2s6d with light red stain, the other with light wrinkle at lower left corner, otherwise Very Fine, difficult high-values.
SG 260, 263. S.G. Spec. M48t, M51s; £1,050 ($1,360). (Image)

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Suggested Bid $350-500
SOLD for $200.00
Will close during Public Auction
69 S 141 imageGreat Britain, 1902, King Edward VII, De La Rue printing, 10s ultramarine (Scott 141), o.g., lightly hinged, a stunner with immaculate color near-perfectly centered on like-new paper; fully struck-up overprint; gum creases, still Very Fine to Extremely Fine, as nice as they come.
SG 265. S.G. Spec. M53(1)s; £450 ($580). (Image)

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Suggested Bid $200-300
SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
70 S 142 imageGreat Britain, 1902, King Edward VII, De La Rue printing, £1 dull blue green (Scott 142), o.g., barest trace of hinge, with clean detail in exceptional color; paper fresh with three perfectly balanced margins, Very Fine.
SG 266. S.G. Spec. M55s; £1,250 ($1,610). (Image)

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Suggested Bid $500-750
SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
71   imageGreat Britain, 1997, Queen Elizabeth II, deep green (as used for 2p), light grey (as used for the 29p), flame (as used for 1st class, undenominated trials), full panes of 100, a limited supply of these were discovered, o.g., never hinged, Very Fine, each with photocopies of 2017 R.P.S.L. certificates that were issued for the discovery set of sheets,

Machin trials discovered after 20 years

Sheets of three trials of the Machin head, produced in 1997, came to light in the 50th anniversary of the introduction of Arnold Machin's iconic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Machin definitives were first printed in lithography in 1980 as Royal Mail expanded its range of suppliers. However, by the mid-1990s it had decided that all the standard definitives should be printed in gravure. At the time The House of Questa, based in south London, did not have gravure capability.

As the company wished to participate in all future tenders for Royal Mail stamps, whether printed by litho or gravure, in gummed or self-adhesive versions in sheets or stamp booklets, it decided to make a major investment in a gravure press and an automated booklet maker. To achieve the best, Questa partnered with a number of highly qualified and renowned organisations to deliver the skills, processes and technology required to ensure it would be ready for production in less than 18 months.

Courvoisier, based in Switzerland, was at that time arguably the finest gravure stamp printer in Europe. The company agreed to assist Questa with technical advice and cylinder making. As part of this process Royal Mail gave permission for a print trial at Courvoisier using the Machin head: the original material to enable the trial to take place was supplied by Questa. Part of the thinking at the time was that Courvoisier might undertake the production of the cylinders needed for final stamp printing on behalf of Questa, but this did not materialise.

The undenominated trials were produced in October 1997 in sheets of 100 (from larger sheets of 200 guillotined in two) with the Courvoisier imprint along the vertical margins. They exist in three colours: deep green (as used for the 2p), light grey (as used at the time for the 29p), and flame (as used for 1st class). Courvoisier had printed the then current Kenya definitives, these being of the same overall size as the Machin definitives. As a consequence, the trials were printed on coated paper without phosphor bands, and have perforation 15 x 14. However, the stamp image is slightly smaller than that used on Machin definitives.

Barry Robinson, then Design Director of Royal Mail, visited Courvoisier to see the preparations. It is believed the trial sheets were printed on one of the small gravure printing presses at Courvoisier, some being printed during the visit.

The gravure press and the automated booklet line were produced by ATN in France. The new machinery would not fit within Questa's original base in Camberwell: the move to Byfleet was part of the development.

Courvoisier was founded in 1880 and started printing stamps in 1937. It was noted for the high quality of its photogravure work, but sadly it ran into financial difficulties and ceased trading in 2001.
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Suggested Bid $7,500-10,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
72 S O15 imageGreat Britain, Inland Revenue Official, 1892, Queen Victoria, £1 green (Scott O15), o.g., very lightly hinged, Post Office fresh with bold color on immaculate paper; clean, sharp overprints, Fine to Very Fine, a very scarce Specimen.
SG O16. S.G. Spec. L11s; £2,250 ($2,900). (Image)

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Suggested Bid $750-1,000
SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
73 S O24 imageGreat Britain, Inland Revenue Official, 1902, King Edward VII, 5s bright carmine (Scott O24), in deep, rich color flawlessly printed on lily-white paper; solidly centered with bold overprints; barest hint of perforation tip toning at bottom, but Very Fine or better nonetheless, Gibbons Specialised notes that these "exist from NPM archive sales".
SG O25. S.G. Spec. MO6s; £6,500 ($8,390). (Image)

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Suggested Bid $2,500-3,500
SOLD for $1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
74 J1-J8 imageGreat Britain: Isle of Man, First Postage Due Issues, 1973 (Scott J1-J8), complete panes of 100 (folded) of the first Postage Due set mint never hinged, Very Fine, imaged complete on website, very scarce.
SG D1-D8; £3,500 ($4,520). Michel 1-8; €4,500 ($5,040). (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6) (Image7) (Image8)

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Scott $2,950
Suggested Bid $200-300

SOLD for $225.00
Will close during Public Auction
Antigua
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
75 o A3, A5-A8 imageAntigua, Great Britain Used in Antigua, 1d, 2d, 4d, 6d & 1s (Scott A3, A5-A8), all with St. John's "A02" barred ovals; 1d, 2d and 1s each with a rounded/thinned corner, otherwise Fine to Very Fine. A scarce to rare group.
SG Z1, Z3-Z6; £5,780 ($7,460). (Image)

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Scott $6,260
Suggested Bid $500-750

SOLD for $275.00
Will close during Public Auction
Bahamas
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
76   imageBahamas, 1835 Folded Letter to London, postmarked on the reverse with a mostly clear, partially doubled strike of the tiny "BAHAMAS/ MAR. 1 1835" straightline handstamp (type B2) along with a red Jun 11 London arrival datestamp; rated manuscript "2/2", Very Fine, Ex-Ludington,

AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE MARKING, THIS BEING THE EARLIER OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES. (Image) (Image2)

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Suggested Bid $1,500-2,000
SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
77   imageBahamas, 1845 (May 13), folded letter entire from Nassau, Bahamas, to Bawtry, Yorkshire, via Bermuda, rated "1/-", with reverse showing exceptional strike of the very rare "Ireland-Isle/Bermuda" PM4 datestamp (MY 19), marginally overstruck by London JU 3 dater; recipient's name and large part of address, plus other areas, bleached out for disinfection, none thankfully affecting the datestamp, nearly Very Fine, only five examples of this datestamp are recorded,

Ludington's handbook (1978 edition) contains a close-up of the datestamp portion of this cover.
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Suggested Bid $1,500-2,000
SOLD for $800.00
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78   imageBahamas, "PAID AT BAHAMAS" Crowned Circle handstamp, clear strike in red on a small envelope rated manuscript "4" with a nice strike of the straightline "BAHAMAS/SHIP LETTER" handstamp and a very faint Bahamas double-arc datestamp on the reverse; cleaned and repaired, but still attractive and the only recorded example of this Crowned Circle used on a Ship Letter within the Colony, Ex-Ludington,

The cover is addressed to Mrs. S. Dillet, the wife of the Nassau Postmaster, who paid the 4d ship letter charge and added the Crowned Circle to show that no postage was to be collected on delivery
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Suggested Bid $1,500-2,000
SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
Bangladesh
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
79 496 imageBangladesh, 1995, Withdrawn 2t Shaheed Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain issue, scarce trio of covers (Scott 496), comprising a cacheted unaddressed 16 OCT 95 First Day Cover, plus two different commercial usages, each with additional postage, used in early November, Very Fine,

Scarce items, as the Hossain issue was withdrawn shortly after issuance due to his being a member of the political opposition
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Suggested Bid $200-300
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Barbados
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
80   imageBarbados, Selection of 12 Covers, 1892-1937, seven are Registered, variously addressed and franked including 1910 Official wrapper to Munich rated "6", an 1893 cover showing "PAID/AT/BARBADOES" Crowned Circle (second usage), a 1933 cover to Ethiopia, and a 1934 Airmail cover to Buenos Aires franked at 2s4½d; an interesting lot. (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6) (Image7) (Image8) (Image9)

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Suggested Bid $300-400
SOLD for $200.00
Will close during Public Auction
Bermuda
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
81   imageBermuda, 1858 (Dec. 28), cover from Lowell, MA, to St. George's, Bermuda, addressed to Henry B. Brown, US Consul at St. George's; the yellow envelope a nice contrast for the 1857 10¢ green Washington, tied by Lowell c.d.s.; carried by America from Boston to Halifax, and by Delta from Halifax to Bermuda; toned spots, plus backflap damage, still nearly Very Fine, an attractive cover. (Image) (Image2)

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Suggested Bid $350-500
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