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Brit. Colonies continued...

Niger Coast Protectorate continued...
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
5283 imageNiger Company Territories / Akassa 1893: Great Britain 1887 Jubilee 2½ d. purple on blue, a single example perfin CMS of Church Missionary Society (and embossed CMS seal on flap), used on 1893 cover to London, struck with fine oval "THE NIGER TERRITORIES / POST OFFICE / AKASSA" despatch (Sacher Type 2, SG Type 1) in violet (Jan 19); the adhesive tied on arrival by "PAID / LIVERPOOL / BR. PACKET" datestamp (Feb 23) in black. Reverse with London arrival cds in red. The envelope with minor ironed bends away from the adhesive but a rare and most attractive usage.rnProvenance: Collection John Sacher, Spink, London, 12 Nov 2009, lot 365. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5284 imageNiger Company Territories / Akassa 1890: Great Britain 1887 Jubilee 6 d. deep purple on red, a single example used on 1890 cover to Southport, struck with fine oval "THE NIGER TERRITORIES / POST OFFICE / AKASSA" despatch (Sacher Type 2, SG Type 1) in violet (Sept 29); the adhesive tied on arrival by Liverpool "466" oblöiterator with "PAID / LIVERPOOL / BR. PACKET" datestamp (Nov 2) alongside in red. Reverse with Southport arrival cds in black of the following day. The envelope with minor nick away from the adhesive but a very scarce and most attractive cover.rnProvenance: Collection John Sacher, Spink, London, 12 Nov 2009, lot 359. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5285 imageNiger Company Territories / Akassa 1895: Great Britain 1887 Jubilee 2½ d. purple on blue, a single example used on 1895 cover to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, struck with fine oval "THE ROYAL NIGER COMPANY CHARTERED & LIMITED / AKASSA" despatch (Sacher Type 5, SG Type 3) in violet (April 5) with further information strike alongside; the adhesive also tied in transit by "I. A. / LIVERPOOL / BR. PACKET" datestamp (May 9) in black. Reverse with back flap missing but with complete and clear 'Te Aute' arrival cds (June 22) in black. An extraordinary destination, rare and most attractive.rnProvenance: Collection John Sacher, Spink, London, 12 Nov 2009, lot 372. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5286 imageNiger Company Territories / Akassa 1895: Great Britain 1887 Jubilee 3 d. purple on yellow, a single example used on 1895 cover to the Royal Niger Co. in London, tied by fine double framed "THE ROYAL NIGER COMPANY / CHARTERED & LIMITED / POST OFFICE / AKASSA" despatch (Sacher Type 6, SG Type 4) in violet (June 2). Manuscript '1' in red crayon denoting the GPO credit to the Company at base. The cover with some aging and refolded for Exhibit display but an unusual franking.rnProvenance: Collection G.L. Pilkington (1954); Collection R.B. Sanderson (1980); Collection John Sacher, Spink, London, 12 Nov 2009, lot 375. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5287 imageNiger Company Territories / Burutu 1898: Great Britain 1887 Jubilee 2½ d. purple on blue used on 1898 cover to Bavaria, tied by double framed "THE ROYAL NIGER COMPANY / CHARTERED & LIMITED / POST OFFICE / BURUTU" despatch (SG Type 6) in violet (March 31); with "Paid / Liverpool / Br. Packet" cds in red (May 5) at left. Reverse with Regensburg arrival cds (May 7) in black. A scarce usage to an unusual destination.rnProvenance: Christies, London, 19 Nov 1996, lot 213. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5288 imageNiger Company Territories / Burutu 1899: Great Britain 1887 Jubilee 2½ d. purple on blue used on 1899 cover to Birmingham, tied by double framed "THE ROYAL NIGER COMPANY / CHARTERED & LIMITED / POST OFFICE / BURUTU" despatch (SG Type 4, seriffed) in violet (Jan 9, 1898 error); with "Paid / Liverpool / Br. Packet" cds in red (Feb 2, 1899) at left. Reverse with Birmingham arrival cds (Feb 2, 1899) in black. A fine and attractive cover.rnProvenance: Christies, London, 19 Nov 1996, lot 216. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5289 imageNiger Company Territories / Lokoja 1900: Great Britain 1887 Jubilee ½ d. vermilion, six examples used on 1900 registered double rate cover front to London, tied by three strikes of oval "LOKOJA / POST OFFICE" despatch (Sacher Type 13, SG Type 8) in violet (March 15); with London registered arrival below (April 17) in red. A rare late usage of British stamps in the Niger Company Territories with the latest date recorded being April 2, 1900. File fold at left but a most attractive franking.rnProvenance: Collection W.H. Pilkington (1954); Spink, London, 26-27 Oct 2005, lot 1853. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5290 imageNiger Company Territories / Lokoja 1899: Great Britain 1887 Jubilee 10 d. dull purple & carmine, tied to small piece by near complete oval "LOKOJA / POST OFFICE" datestamp (Sacher Type 13, SG Type 8) in violet (Oct 8, 1899). Superb Gi = £ 800.rnProvenance: Collection H.G. Porter (1956). (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5291 imageNiger Company Territories / Akassa 1894: Great Britain 1887 Jubilee 2½ d. purple on blue, a single example on 1894 cover to Sierra Leone, uncancelled, with oval framed "AGENT GENERAL / NIGER TERRITORIES" cachet in violet (Oct 3, earliest recorded use) and reverse with oval framed "THE ROYAL NIGER COMPANY CHARTERED & LIMITED / POST OFFICE / AKASSA" despatch (Sacher Type 3, SG Type 2) in violet (Oct 3). The obverse with three strikes of 'Freetown / Sierra Leone' arrivals (Oct 22). The cover with small corner tear at top right, but a wonderful Agent General cover of excellent provenance.rnProvenance: Collection H.G. Porter (1956); Collection Colonel J.R. Danson, RL, London, 10 March 1971, lot 1601; Collection John Sacher, Spink, London, 12 Nov 2009, lot 371. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5292 imageNiger Company Territories / Akassa & Burutu 1897/1900: The collection on leaves with pieces or loose stamps (12 items) incl. Akassa framed datestamps on 1881 1 d. lilac, 1883 2 s. 6 d. (2), Jubilee issue ½ d., 2½ d. and 5 d. values; usages in Burutu with 1881 1 d . llac, Jubilee issue ½ d., 2½ d., 5 d. and a remarkable block of ten 10 d. dull purple & carmine. Many with very fine strikes, viewing recommended. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
Nigeria
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
5350 image1914/29: Definitive issue, wmk. Multiple Crown CA, the set of twelve values overprinted SPECIMEN in black or red, with additional values of the 3 d. (2), 4 d. (2), 1 s., 5 s. (2) and 10 s. (2), fresh and very fine colours, large part og. (22 stamps) Gi = £ 325++. (Image 1)



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Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5351 image1914/29: 4 d. black on deep yellow (yellow back), wmk. Multiple Crown CA, an unused example overprinted SPECIMEN in red (Samuel Type D12), variety "Broken M" (row 7, stamp 5), fresh and fine, large part og. Very rare - just 7 examples possible. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5352 image1917: Die I, £ 1 deep purple and black on red, wmk. Multiple Crown CA, unused examples (2), each marginal from top of sheet, with Plate number '5' and '8' respectively in top margin, fresh and fine, unmounted og. Scarce Gi = £ 380+. (Image 1)



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Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5353 image1917: Die I, £ 1 purple and black on red, wmk. Multiple Crown CA, an unused block of four, corner marginal from lower right of sheet with Plate number '23' in margin, fresh and fine but for diagonal bend in sheet margin only, large part og. with lower stamps unmounted og. Scarce and most attractive Gi = £ 900+. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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5354 image1921/32: Definitive set of 14 values unused, overprinted SPECIMEN in black or red (1½ d. orange and 3 d. blue perf. SPECIMEN), fresh and fine, large part or unmounted og. A very scarce set Gi = £ 450. (Image 1)



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Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5355 image1928: Die II, 2 d. chocolate, an unused example on part of card from the De La Rue archives, handstamped SPECIMEN in blue, endorsed at top "Feb 1928" in manuscript. Illustrated in "The De La Rue Collection" edited by Frank Walton RDP on page 5146. Unique. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5356 image1936: Pictorial issue, the set of twelve values complete, all perforated by hooded SPECIMEN, fresh and fine, large part og. A scarce set Gi = £ 300. (Image 1)



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Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5357 image1936: De La Rue engraver's Die Proof of the £ 1 value, the 'Canoe Pulling' vignette only, printed in black on medium wove paper (38 x 24 mm.). A similar example is illustrated in "The De La Rue Collection" edited by Frank Walton RDP on page 5150. Rare and fine. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
5358 image1938/51: Pictorial 2 s. 6 d. black & blue, wmk. Multiple Script CA, perf. 14, an unused block of four, marginal from left of sheet with requisition number '122' in margin, variety "Watermark Inverted", fresh and very fine, unmounted og. Extremely rare. Cert. Brandon (2010) Gi = £ 13'000+. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM
Northern Nigeria
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
5293 image1900 (April): First issue set of nine in unused vertical pairs, overprinted SPECIMEN in black, all of fresh vibrant colours and very fine, superb unmounted og. Scarce in multiples Gi = £ 450+. (Image 1)



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Closing..May-29, 11:59 PM

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