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FINE. A FRESH ORIGINAL-GUM SQUARE PAIR OF THE ONE-PENNY CARMINE WOOD BLOCK. AN ASTOUNDING
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE RARITY OF THE HIGHEST DEGREE.
Collectors of Cape of Good Hope fully understand the immense rarity of this 1p Wood Block in the Carmine shade. Original gum singles are seldom offered for sale -- let alone a square pair in any
shade for that matter. According to our research, we have been unable to find other examples of pairs in even some of the most advanced collections formed over the years and offered at auction.
The Wood Blocks were printed due to a shortage of
1p and 4p stamps. Early in 1860, reserves of these two denominations were running low. An order was made to Perkins, Bacon & Co. in England to print an additional supply. The stamps were received in due time but the shipping documents had been lost
and the stamps were held and not released. When supplies were critically low, Saul Solomon & Co. (a local printer) was tasked with producing and delivering stamps as soon as possible. The same design was used and printing done by stereotyping. The
name "Wood Blocks" refer to the blocks of wood the steel cliches were affixed to during printing.
Ex Ferrary and Burrus. With 1963 B.P.A. certificate. SG £60,000 as singles (Image)
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EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE FOUR-MARGIN AND SOUND EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE WOOD BLOCK ISSUE.
With 1981 A.P.S. certificate as SG No. 13.
SG £3,500 (Image)
AN AFFORDABLE EXAMPLE OF THE ENORMOUSLY RARE 4-PENCE CARMINE WOOD BLOCK COLOR OF ERROR.
Regardless of its condition and
appearance, this stamp remains one of the rarest stamps in the Cape of Good Hope as well as the entire British Commonwealth. Moreover, this particular Carmine shade is the scarcest of all the Wood Block error of colors in either the 1p or 4p values.
This error occurred during production when the "Four Pence" cliche was affixed on the One Penny plate.
With 1961 B.P.A. certificate mentioning only as being "cut very small". Scott Retail $112,500.00 and SG £95,000 (Image)
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