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2012 Rarities of the World continued...

Foreign Countries
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
321   Imageca. 780 AD, Papyrus Document in Old Arabic. 8 x 8 in. papyrus with handwritten message in Old Arabic, usual erosion, rare and exhibitable example of this very early form of written communication, ex LeBow (Image)

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E. 2,000-3,000

CLOSED
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322   ImageFournier Forgery Album. No. 396, containing approximately 3,000 items comprising unused and used singles, multiples and many surcharges and cancels, appears to be complete except for four empty spaces, pages in blue binder with "Album De Fac-Similés Edité Par L'Union Philatélique de Genève" embossed in gold on front cover, some cover wear mostly along edges and breaking of the tabs that attach the cover to the posts, but this does not affect the spine or the integrity of the pages, inside of front cover with H.E. Harris article affixed by old scotch tape

VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE FOURNIER FORGERY ALBUM. ONLY 480 ALBUMS WERE MADE.

According to Varro Tyler's Philatelic Forgers, Their Lives and Works, Fournier, unlike many of his contemporary forgers, did not seek to defraud the public. He described his material as facsimiles and promoted it to collectors who could not afford to purchase genuine items and to uneducated collectors as a preventive measure against being deceived by dishonest stamp dealers.

When Fournier died in 1917, one of his employees, Charles Hirschburger, unsuccessfully tried to continue the business. When Hirschburger died in 1927, L'Union Philatélique de Genève purchased the Fournier stock, which weighed over 800 pounds, from Hirschburger's widow. The Union then marked the forgeries with "FAUX" handstamps on the front and/or "Facsimile" on the reverse, and employed students from the Geneva School of Arts and Crafts to mount representative selections of the forgeries in 480 albums. Whatever was not placed into one of the books was burned to ashes.

Because Fournier made forgeries from such a wide variety of countries, many of the 480 books have either been divided into country references or have had many items removed. Very few remain intact or have the degree of completeness of this book. (Image)

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E. 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
323 c ImageBOLIVIA, British Post Office, 1876, Antofogasta to Paris. Cover bearing Great Britain 2sh Blue, 1sh Green and 3p Rose (55, 64, 49a) tied by "C39" in barred oval cancel on cover to Paris, France, bold "Cancelado" handstamp struck before stamps affixed, "Cobija NO 6, 1876" circular datestamp, excellent strike of "Correos de la Chimba, Bolivia" negative oval handstamp with ship illustration, endorsed "Via Panama" and with London transit, transit and receiving backstamps, 1sh placed over edge of cover and creased, opened for display, some toning spots, otherwise Very Fine, a rare use, ex Glassco, with 1984 Holcombe certificate (Image)

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E. 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
324 c ImageCANADA, 1851, 6p Brown Purple, Laid (2 var, SG 3). Huge even margins all around, rich color, cancelled by perfectly struck target on blue folded letter to Portland Me., bold red "Cornwall U.C. Jun. 9, 1851" datestamp, well-struck red "Canada" in arc, red "Ogdensburgh N.Y. Jun. 11" exchange circular datestamp, faint red Canadian transit backstamp (June 10), light file fold well clear of stamp and markings

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLY FRESH COVER BEARING A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 6-PENCE IN THE BROWN PURPLE SHADE ON LAID PAPER.

Used 23 days after the stamp was issued. With 2000 P.F. certificate. (Image)

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E. 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $2,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
325 P ImageCANADA, 1897, -1/2c-$5.00 Jubilee, Plate Proofs on India (50P-65P). Complete set in blocks of four, affixed to original cards and so free of the defects typically found, brilliant colors throughout, large margins

EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE COMPLETE SET OF THE CANADA JUBILEE ISSUE PLATE PROOFS ON INDIA IN BLOCKS OF FOUR.

Unlisted in Scott. Unitrade value as singles (Image)

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26,240.00

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326 nhbl ImageCANADA, 1928-29, 10c-$1.00 King Geo. V Scroll Issue, Vertical Pairs, Imperforate Horizontally (Unitrade 155c-159c). Mint N.H. top imprint and plate no. blocks of six, bright colors, $1.00 and 50c one stamp each with natural gum skip due to perf disc, few with perf separations

VERY FINE. A SCARCE GROUP OF HORIZONTALLY IMPERFORATE PLATE BLOCKS OF SIX OF THE 1928-29 CANADA KING GEORGE V SCROLL ISSUE.

Unlisted in Scott. (Image)

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E. 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $9,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
327 c ImageCHILE, 1862, 20c Green, Perkins Bacon & Co. (London) Printing (13). Horizontal pair, large margins to just in at upper right including part of adjoining stamp at upper left, used with 10c Bright Blue (12), three large margins, in at bottom, cancelled by handstamp, 10c tied by light strike of red "Valparaiso Chile, 2 Marz. 1865" double-circle datestamp on folded letter to Coquimbo, light vertical file fold not affecting stamps, Very Fine (Image)

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E. 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
328 c ImageCHILE, 1854, 5c Pale Red Brown, Desmadryl (Santiago) Printing (3). Three vertical pairs, large margins to barely in, tied by four-ring target cancels and by red "20" in circle handstamp on blue folded letter to Valparaiso, red "Santiago Chile, 3 MAYO 56" circular datestamp, light horizontal file fold well clear of stamps, small extraneous ink mark near address, Very Fine, impressive franking (Image)

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E. 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
329 c ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1840, 1p Black (1, SG 2). Plate 7, EH, large margins to just in at lower left, tied by red MC and used as forwarding postage on 1p Mulready (A165) to Soho Square in London and redirected to Mitcham, Surrey, red "PxL" handstamp, red "Liverpool AU 3, 1840" origination backstamp, stamp with small corner crease at lower left, few edge tears and some strengthening along folds, part of top flap missing, still Very Fine, an attractive use of the Mulready and Penny Black, ex Grunin, with 1998 B.P.A. certificate (Image)

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E. 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
330 ogbl ImageGRENADA, 1862, 1p Green (1, SG 2). Bottom margin block of 16, original gum, few with h.r. and several others Mint N.H., light natural gum bends and wrinkles, a couple trivial toning specks, Fine-Very Fine, a rare and attractive multiple, from our 1983 Rarities sale, SG £800, Scott Retail as singles (Image)

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920.00

SOLD for $600.00
Will close during Public Auction
331° c ImageINDIA, 1878, -1/2a Blue. Postal stationery entire used with -1/2a Blue, 1a Brown and 4a Green (20, 22, 24, SG 54, 58, 64), tied by "Virduputty May 13" circular datestamps with "S M-2" in grids and addressed to Palestine, Lebanon, and missent to Labuan, back of cover with plethora of circular datestamps including Bombay (May 17), Galle (May 17), Singapore (May 27), Labuan (May 26), Port-Said (Aug. 5 and 18), Jaffa (Aug. 19) and Beirut (Sept. 17), blue "POSTE FRANCAISE, JERUSALEM" with cross handstamp, manuscript "Missent to Labuan" on back and with clarification of address on front, some slight edgewear but in excellent condition given the circumstances of its journey

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE USE FROM INDIA TO LEBANON, WHICH WAS MISSENT TO LABUAN. A PHENOMENAL COVER.

According to an accompanying analysis, the destination was evidently misread by the postal clerk in Bombay, who would have been more familiar with Borneo than with the Levant. It went to Galle and was carried on the P & O's Khedive to Singapore, where the error in sending was also not identified. It was then carried by local sailing vessels to Labuan. In Labuan it was labelled missent, and the address was clarified to eliminate any additional confusion. It then made its way from Labuan to Lebanon. It went thru Port Said on Aug. 5 and may have been undeliverable so went back to Port Said on Aug. 18 on its way back to the sender. In the absence of any return to sender markings it was then sent to Jaffa and then to the French postal agent in Jerusalem, who apparently held it for a month before sending it to Beirut.

With 2004 R.P.S. certificate. (Image)

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E. 15,000-20,000

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