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Worldwide Stamps and Postal Hstory continued...

Kuwait thru New Brunswick
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
470 og ImageKUWAIT, 1923, -1/2a-15r King George V, "KOWEIT" Overprint Essays (1E-15E, O1E-14E; SG 15 Footnote). Complete set of the 27 values of both the postage and Official series, several values with selvage, small h.r., bright colors on fresh paper, each stamp with light pencil marking "8" or "11" and "RR" (Richard Roberts) on reverse

VERY FINE AND IMMENSELY RARE. ONLY 24 SETS WERE PRODUCED WITH NO MORE THAN 17 BELIEVED TO BE IN PRIVATE HANDS. AN ICONIC SET OF ESSAYS AND ONE OF THE RARITIES OF THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH.

Produced in early 1923, these were prepared prior to adopting the name change from "Koweit" to "Kuwait" for postal purposes and making it closer to the pronunciation in Arabic. Two panes of 12 each were printed in Calcutta. One of which, according to Kuwait-Stamps.com, a set of block of four resides in the Royal Collection, two sets sent to the then Viceroy and one set to the Deputy Director General. The other pane was obtained by a London dealer who broke them up into sets. Therefore, no more than 17 are believed to be in private hands and there is a good chance that less are available to collectors today. Many sets have also been broken down and few complete sets remain.

With 2015 B.P.A. set certificate. A similar set realized $32,500 hammer in our November 2014 sale. SG value (Image)

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£35,000.00

SOLD for $45,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
471 og ImageLAGOS, 1886, 5sh Blue (35; SG 28). Original gum, hinged, wonderfully well-centered, Very Fine and choice, with 1977 Brandon and 1978 P.F. certificates, SG £700 (Image)

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$ 700.00

SOLD for $550.00
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472 og ImageLAGOS, 1886, 10sh Brown Violet (37; SG 29). Original gum, small h.r., lovely fresh color, Fine, a scarce high-value stamp and the key to completing Lagos, signed Bolaffi and with 1981 B.P.A. certificate, SG £1,600 (Image)

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$ 1,700.00

SOLD for $850.00
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473 ng ImageMADAGASCAR, 1886, 1sh Rose, Violet Handstamp, Ty. III (42; SG 45b). Unused (no gum), large margins, just a hint of a small crease at bottom, still a Very Fine example of this scarce stamp, ex World Traveler, SG £1,700 (Image)

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1,650.00

SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction
474   ImageMALAYA, Johore, 1876, 2c Brown (1; SG 1). Light grid of dots cancel, rich color

FINE. ONE OF THE RAREST STAMPS IN ALL THE MALAYAN STATES.

Ex World Traveler. With 1954 and 2013 B.P.A. certificates. SG £7,000. (Image)

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5,750.00

SOLD for $6,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
475 ng ImageMALAYA, Johore, 1884, 2c Pale Rose, "H" Wide, "E" Narrow (2d; SG 4). Unused (no gum), attractive color, Fine, a rare stamp, ex World Traveler, with 1994 Rendon and 2013 B.P.A. certificates, SG £3,750 (Image)

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$ 2,750.00

SOLD for $1,400.00
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476 bl ImageMALAYA, Malacca, 1942, 2c, 3c and 15c Japanese Occupation (N2, N3, N8; SG J46, J47, J52). Each a block of four showing the entire handstamp, light Malacca circular datestamps, rich colors, Fine-Very Fine, 3c signed Rowell, SG £1,400 (Image)

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$ 1,740.00

SOLD for $700.00
Will close during Public Auction
477   ImageMAURITIUS, 1848, 1p Orange on Yellowish White Paper, Early Impression (3a; SG 7). Position 12, full to large margins all around, bright color, cancelled by a portion of a boxed "Inland.", faint crease at top right, Very Fine and choice appearance, SG £7,000 (Image)

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$ 7,250.00

SOLD for $1,900.00
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478   ImageMAURITIUS, 1848, 2p Blue on Bluish Paper, Intermediate Impression (6a; SG 14). Position 9, full to mostly large margins all around, lovely rich color, light target cancel and a bit of a red transit datestamp, Very Fine and choice example of this scarce stamp, signed Pfenninger and with 1985 P.F. certificate, SG £3,500 (Image)

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$ 3,750.00

SOLD for $1,600.00
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479 c ImageNATAL, 1860, 3p Blue (9; SG 10). Vertical pair, tied by strikes of barred "1" oval of Pietermaritzburg on cover to Leeds, England, "per Diamond Line of Steamers directive, Pietermaritzburg despatch, London transit and Leeds arrival markings, slight overall toning

VERY FINE AND RARE. ONE OF ONLY TWO NATAL COVERS RECORDED TO HAVE TRAVELED ON THE DIAMOND LINE SERVICE.

The Diamond Line service ran a relatively short period, from 1864 until 1867. Therefore, any covers to/from the United Kingdom, Cape of Good Hope or Natal using this line is elusive -- Natal being the rarest. This cover traveled from Durban to Cape Town and then onwards to England, both routes using this line. (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,700.00
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480 E ImageNATAL, 1881, Undenominated Telegraph Die Essay in Blue on Tissue Paper (SG T1-T9 Essay). Hand-painted essay of the telegraph stamp design, the value tablet blank and the corresponding values of each of the nine issued stamps at left, pencil notation "April 25th/81" at top right, hinged on a thin card, Very Fine and unique (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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