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Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions, LLC Sale - 769

British Commonwealth

Great Britain
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
1001 O 3 var. image1841, 1d red brown, Henry Archer Trial Perforation 16 (Scott 3 var.), die I, alphabet I, plate 96, OC, fresh and nicely centered with a face-free East Dulwich "77" cancel, Very Fine.
SG 16b.
SG £625 ($810). (Image)

Get Market Data for [Great Britain 3 var.]

Estimate $150-200
SOLD for $130.00
Will close during Public Auction
1002 nh 62 image1874, Queen Victoria, 6d gray, Spray of Rose watermark (Scott 62), D-S/S-D, plate 14, a simply breathtaking stamp, near-perfectly centered with crisp detail and grand color—plus fresh never hinged gum (!); light toning at top right hardly detracts, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, worthy of the finest collection.
SG 147.
Scott $500 for o.g. (Image)

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Estimate $300-400
SOLD for $225.00
Will close during Public Auction
1003 O 91a image1883, Queen Victoria, 10s greenish gray on white paper, Anchor watermark (Scott 91a), virtually perfectly centered with a clear Leighton Buzzard c.d.s., Jun 17, 1884, plus a light red crayon mark, Very Fine. An exceptional example of this rare high value.
SG 135; £4,500 ($5,810).
Scott $4,750. (Image)

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Estimate $1,200-1,800
SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1004 O 93 image1882, Queen Victoria, £5 orange on white paper (Scott 93), a breathtaking example with exceptional color on glowing white paper, sporting mathematically balanced large margins all around; faint corner crease at top left, Extremely Fine, as pretty as they come.
SG 137.
Scott $6,250. (Image)

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Estimate $3,000-4,000
SOLD for $1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
1005 ng 109 image1884, Queen Victoria, 10s ultramarine on white paper, Anchor watermark (Scott 109), regummed (appears never hinged), wonderfully fresh and well-centered, Extremely Fine.
SG 183; £2,250 for o.g. ($2,900).
Scott $2,250 for o.g. (Image)

Get Market Data for [Great Britain 109]

Estimate $500-750
SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
1006 og 111-122 image1887-92, Queen Victoria Jubilee, ½d to 1s (Scott 111-122, 118a), complete basic set, plus the Type I 5d; all fresh and sound with like-new colors and bright paper; most lightly to very lightly hinged, a few appearing never hinged, Very Fine.
SG 197/211, 207.
Scott $1,478. (Image) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [Great Britain 111-122]

Estimate $400-600
SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
1007 O 123 image1888, Queen Victoria, £1 brown lilac, Orbs watermark (Scott 123), C-S/S-C, cleanly printed in robust color, with centering just a hair from perfect and lightly cancelled, Very Fine, signed.
SG 186.
Scott $4,400. (Image)

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Estimate $1,500-2,000
SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1008 O 123 image1888, Queen Victoria, £1 brown lilac, Orbs watermark (Scott 123), nicely centered with rich color, canceled neat "BELFAST, T, NO 23, 89" c.d.s., Very Fine, with a 1979 B.P.A. certificate.
SG 186; £4,500 ($5,810).
Scott $4,400. (Image) (Image2)

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Estimate $1,500-2,000
SOLD for $1,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
1009 O 124 image1891, Queen Victoria, £1 green (Scott 124), fresh and beautifully centered with a clear partial Apr 16 Glasgow c.d.s., Very Fine.
SG 212; £800 ($1,030).
Scott $800. (Image)

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Estimate $250-350
SOLD for $225.00
Will close during Public Auction
1010 O 124 image1891, Queen Victoria, £1 green (Scott 124), remarkably well-preserved, without the faults so often seen on these large stamps; bright and fresh with three Registered 20 JY 96 postmarks plus a partial red cancel at lower left, Fine to Very Fine.
SG 212.
Scott $800. (Image)

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Estimate $250-350
SOLD for $170.00
Will close during Public Auction
1011 nh 142 image1902, King Edward VII, De La Rue printing, £1 dull blue green (Scott 142), an extraordinary left sheet margin mint single, o.g., never hinged, Post Office fresh and virtually perfectly centered, Extremely Fine to Superb. A true gem.
SG 266; £2,000 for hinged ($2,580).
Scott $3,250. (Image)

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Estimate $2,000-3,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
1012 O 142 image1902, King Edward VII, De La Rue printing, £1 dull blue green (Scott 142), sound with good color and intact perforations; Threadneedle Street Registry cancel, Fine to Very Fine.
SG 266.
Scott $825. (Image)

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Estimate $250-350
SOLD for $140.00
Will close during Public Auction
1013 O 163d image1921, King George V, 2½d dull Prussian blue, Royal Cypher watermark (Scott 163d), a fresh, well-centered used example with a neat corner cancel, Very Fine, with a 1986 R.P.S.L. certificate for what was originally a used block of 6.
SG 373a; £850 ($1,100).
Scott $825. (Image) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [Great Britain 163d]

Estimate $250-350
SOLD for $200.00
Will close during Public Auction
1014 O 175b var. image1913, King George V "Seahorse", Waterlow printing, 10s bright ("Cambridge") blue (Scott 175b var.), a fresh, well-centered and neatly canceled example, Very Fine and rare, with a 2000 Philatelic Expertising Ltd. certificate.
SG 412 var. S.G. Spec. N70(3).
S.G. Spec. £4,000 ($5,160).


The certificate identifies the stamp as "Bright ('Cambridge') bright blue", but assigns the S.G. Specialised number of N70(5), which is "deep (intense) bright blue" priced at £4000—in either case, a very rare stamp.
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Get Market Data for [Great Britain 175b var.]

Estimate $800-1,200
SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction
1015 O 176 image1913, King George V "Seahorse", Waterlow printing, £1 green (Scott 176), bright and virtually perfectly centered with a neat Guernsey c.d.s., Jun 3, 1914, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
SG 403; £1,400 ($1,810).
Scott $1,400. (Image)

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Estimate $600-800
SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
1016 nhbl 185-186 image1924, British Empire Exhibition complete (Scott 185-186), comprising 1d block of 59 (full pane of 60 less the bottom left stamp), and 2d block of 57 plus two full panes of 60, o.g., never hinged, stamps bright, fresh and with large well-balanced margins; light selvage faults as you'd expect, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, a wonderful restocking or add-to-exhibit opportunity.
SG 430/1.
Scott $2,891 as singles. (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5)

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Estimate $500-750
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
1017 O 209 image1929, £1 P.U.C. (Scott 209), a beauty with razor-sharp lines in robust color with a barely there central cancel; top center nibbed perforation hardly noticed, Very Fine.
SG 438.
Scott $675. (Image)

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Estimate $200-300
SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
1018 nh/og 222-224 image1934, King George V re-engraved "Seahorses", 2s6d to 10s complete (Scott 222-224), o.g., 2s6d never hinged, others lightly hinged, bright, fresh and well-centered; 5s with a small perforation flaw at the right, otherwise Very Fine.
SG 450/2; £655 ($850).
Scott $700. (Image) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [Great Britain 222-224]

Estimate $200-300
SOLD for $150.00
Will close during Public Auction
1019 TC D18 imagePostage Due, 1923, ½d Color Trial for the proposed 2s6d value (SG D18 var.), irregular block of three in deep claret on unwatermarked, gummed paper affixed to a manilla card with the color, "Dahlia Claret, M.B. 6201" in manuscript below; in the space previously occupied by the fourth stamp in the block is the penciled notation "To HM" (His Majesty), the stamp now residing in the Royal Collection., Very Fine.
Scott J17 var. S.G. Spec. £12,000 ($15,490).


A SPECTACULAR AND TRULY UNIQUE SHOWPIECE.

The block is from one of 24 color trials for the 2s6d Postage Due made at Somerset House from a Royal Mint miniature plate of four clichés. The trials took place on four dates between September 8, 1923, and January 21, 1924. This particular proof, in Dahlia Claret, was pulled in the third trial on Dec 6, 1923.
(Image)

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Estimate $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction
1020 og   imageSelection of Better Mint. 25 small dealer cards housing SG #8, 14 (part o.g.), 43 (3, part o.g.), 47 (unused), 48 (plate 11, part o.g.), 48 (plate 15, never hinged), 57 (o.g., slightly soiled), 72 (part o.g.), 81 (part o.g.), 94 (part o.g.), 97 (unused), 111 (o.g.), 126 (regummed), 153 (unused), 188 (small part o.g.), 190 (part o.g.), 193 (part o.g.), 194 (part o.g.), 201 (never hinged), 207a (large part o.g.), 209 (part o.g.), 211 (part o.g.), and an 1860 6d Revenue. Notes on gum are the owner's except for #126 which he called "mint" with "part o.g." often meaning simply hinged, Fine to Very Fine.
SG £54,000 Owner's ($69,710). (PDF for this Lot) (Image)

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Estimate $5,000-7,500
SOLD for $5,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
1021 nhbl   image1997, 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 was 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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Estimate $3,000-4,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
1022 O 1-16 image1917, King George V, 1¢-$5 less the 12¢ (Scott 1-16), Multiple Crown CA watermark, includes both shades of the 1¢ & $1 and three of the 50¢ plus an extra 30¢, Fine to Very Fine.
SG 1/16; £619 ($800). Yang BP1/16.
Scott $619. (Image) (Image2)

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Estimate $150-200
SOLD for $170.00
Will close during Public Auction

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