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Great Britain continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
81 438 imageGreat Britain, 1929, £1 P.U.C. (SG 438), o.g., never hinged, post office fresh and perfectly centered, Extremely Fine.
Scott 209; $1,500. S.G. Spec. £1,100 ($1,510).
Estimate $600 - 800. (Image)
Suggested Bid $600-800
SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction
82 438 imageGreat Britain, 1929, £1 P.U.C. (SG 438), a lovely top sheet margin single, o.g., lightly hinged, fresh and beautifully centered, Extremely Fine, signed Calves.
Scott 209; $800.
SG £750 ($1,030).
Estimate $400 - 600. (Image)
Suggested Bid $400-600
SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
83 438 imageGreat Britain, 1929, £1 P.U.C. (SG 438), o.g., very lightly hinged, fresh and well centered, Very Fine, signed Calves.
Scott 209; $800.
SG £750 ($1,030).
Estimate $350 - 500. (Image)
Suggested Bid $350-500
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
84 438 imageGreat Britain, 1929, £1 P.U.C. (SG 438), Fine to Very Fine.
Scott 209; $800.
SG £750 ($1,030).
Estimate $300 - 400. (Image)
Suggested Bid $300-400
SOLD for $300.00
Will close during Public Auction
85 o 438 imageGreat Britain, 1929, £1 P.U.C. (SG 438), canceled light parcel ovals with small, extraneous red pencil mark at top, Very Fine.
Scott 209; $800.
SG £550 ($760).
Estimate $300 - 400. (Image)
Suggested Bid $300-400
SOLD for $190.00
Will close during Public Auction
86 P 441TC imageGreat Britain, 1934, King George V (photogravure), 1½d scarlet, trial color plate proof (SG 441TC), on paper watermarked Block Cypher, horizontal pair, o.g., never hinged, fresh and bright with large balanced margins, Very Fine.
Scott 212TC. S.G. Spec. £320 (presumably for hinged) ($440).
Estimate $250 - 350. (Image)
Suggested Bid $250-350
SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
87 450/2 imageGreat Britain, 1934, King George V re-engraved "Seahorses", 2s6d to 10s complete (SG 450/2), o.g., never hinged, Very Fine, a pretty set of these popular high values.
Scott 222-224; $1,275. S.G. Spec. N73-75; £1,120 ($1,540).
Estimate $500 - 750. (Image) (Image2)

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Suggested Bid $500-750
SOLD for $450.00
Will close during Public Auction
88 450/2 imageGreat Britain, 1934, King George V re-engraved "Seahorses", 2s6d to 10s complete (SG 450/2); small tone spot on 10s, Very Fine.
Scott 222-224; $630.
SG £575 ($790).
Estimate $200 - 300. (Image) (Image2)

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Suggested Bid $200-300
SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction
89 478 imageGreat Britain, 1939, King George VI, 10s dark blue (SG 478), o.g., never hinged, post office fresh and perfectly centered, Extremely Fine.
Scott 251; $300.
SG £275 ($380).
Estimate $150 - 200. (Image)
Suggested Bid $150-200
SOLD for $90.00
Will close during Public Auction
90 536a/9a imageGreat Britain, 1958, Queen Elizabeth II "Castle" high values, De La Rue printing, 2s6d-£1 complete (SG 536a/9a), a choice set of blocks of 4, o.g., never hinged, Very Fine.
Scott 309-312 vars.
SG £2,400 ($3,300).
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500. (Image) (Image2)

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Suggested Bid $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $750.00
Will close during Public Auction
91   imageGreat Britain, 1997, 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 were 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.
Estimate $12,000 - 18,000

Machin trials discovered after 20 years

Sheets of three trials of the Machin head, produced in 1997, have come to light in this 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.
(Image) (Image2) (Image3)

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Suggested Bid $12,000-18,000
SOLD for $8,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
92 o O9 imageGreat Britain, Inland Revenue Official, 1890, Queen Victoria, 5s rose (SG O9), canceled light parcel c.d.s.s, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott O8; $2,500.
SG £2,500 ($3,430).
Estimate $600 - 800. (Image)
Suggested Bid $600-800
SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction
93 o O16 imageGreat Britain, Inland Revenue Official, 1892, Queen Victoria, £1 green (SG O16), canceled oval "ACCOUNT OFFICE/ P.O. GLASGOW/ 7 OC 92", fresh and well centered with rich color, Very Fine, an exceptional used example of this rare Inland Revenue high value. Gibbons suggests a premium of 35% be added to their value for well entered, lightly used examples.
Scott O15; $2,600.
SG £2,500 ($3,430).
Estimate $1,200 - 1,800. (Image)
Suggested Bid $1,200-1,800
SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
94 o O24 imageGreat Britain, Inland Revenue Official, 1902, King Edward VII, 1s dull green & carmine (SG O24), canceled partial, somewhat heavy Manchester oval, Very Fine.
Scott O23; $725.
SG £900 ($1,240).
Estimate $350 - 500. (Image)
Suggested Bid $350-500
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
95 o O34 imageGreat Britain, Office of Works Official, 1902, Queen Victoria, 5d dull purple & blue (SG O34), canceled Manchester oval, quite well centered, Very Fine.
Scott O47; $1,250.
SG £1,400 ($1,920).
Estimate $500 - 750. (Image)
Suggested Bid $500-750
SOLD for $300.00
Will close during Public Auction
96 O72 imageGreat Britain, Govt. Parcels, 1900, Queen Victoria, 1s green & carmine (SG O72), o.g., fresh, bright and nicely centered, Very Fine.
Scott O38; $625.
SG £650 ($890).
Estimate $300 - 400. (Image)
Suggested Bid $300-400
SOLD for $150.00
Will close during Public Auction
97 o O112 imageGreat Britain, Admiralty Official, 1903, King Edward VII, 3d dull purple on orange yellow (SG O112), squared circle cancel, Very Fine.
Scott O83; $375.
SG £400 ($550).
Estimate $150 - 200. (Image)
Suggested Bid $150-200
SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction
98 F7 imageGreat Britain, Revenue, 1857, Queen Victoria, 1d reddish lilac on bluish (SG F7), block of 6, o.g., never hinged, bright and fresh, Very Fine.
SG £72 as hinged ($100).
Estimate $150 - 200. (Image)
Suggested Bid $150-200
SOLD for $150.00
Will close during Public Auction
Aden
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
99 43112 imageAden, 1937, Dhow, ½a-10r complete (Scott 1-12), o.g., lightly hinged, Very Fine.
SG 1/12; £1,200 for NH ($1,650).
Scott $675.
Estimate $300 - 400. (Image) (Image2)

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Suggested Bid $300-400
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
Antigua
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
100 21-30 imageAntigua, 1903-09, Seal of the Colony & King Edward VII, ½d-5d complete (Scott 21-30), set of 10, o.g., lightly hinged, Fine to Very Fine.
SG 31/40; £375 ($520).
Scott $388.
Estimate $150 - 200. (Image) (Image2)

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Suggested Bid $150-200
SOLD for $100.00
Will close during Public Auction

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