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Cape of Good Hope
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
343 c ImageCAPE OF GOOD HOPE, 1855, 4p Blue (4; SG 6a). Large margins to just touching at bottom right, tied on small cover with corresponding "Cape Town OC 16, 1863" oval backstamp to Graaf Reenett, "Graaff-Reenett OC 20, 1863" oval arrival marking, Fine (Image)

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E. $ 150-200

SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
344   ImageCAPE OF GOOD HOPE, 1855-58, 6p Pale Lilac, 1sh Yellow Green, Bisects (5d, 6b; SG 7e, 8 var). Three items with each bisect tied on piece, incl. two 6p bisects tied along with 1p stamps (one 1853 on blued paper and the other 1857 on white paper) making the 4p rate, the other item a solo 1sh bisect use, one of the 6p bisects with a file fold thru stamps, Fine, an interesting trio for the specialist (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $600.00
Will close during Public Auction
345 og ImageCAPE OF GOOD HOPE, 1861, 1p Carmine, Wood Block (7a; SG 13a). Square pair, part original gum, margins ample to just just touching in a couple places, vivid fresh color and a sharp impression, minute 1mm tear

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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$ 115,000.00

SOLD for $17,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
346   ImageCAPE OF GOOD HOPE, 1861, 1p Vermilion, Wood Block (7; SG 13). Large balanced margins all around, deep rich color and an uncommonly bold impression, lightly cancelled

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)

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$ 2,650.00

SOLD for $1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
347   ImageCAPE OF GOOD HOPE, 1861, 4p Carmine, Wood Block, Error of Color (9g; SG 14ea). Margins cut down on all sides but with "Four" clearly showing, multiple faults and repaired

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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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
348 og ImageCAPE OF GOOD HOPE, 1863, 1p Reddish Brown (12a; SG 18b). Square pair, original gum, h.r., large to huge margins, luxuriant color and sharp impression, Extremely Fine, S.G. £1,300 as singles (Image)

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$ 1,200.00

SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
349 ng ImageCAPE OF GOOD HOPE, 1863-64, 4p Slate Blue (13a; SG 19b). Unused (no gum), large balanced margins all around, brilliant distinctive shade, Very Fine, with 1985 P.F. certificate, SG £2,500 (Image)

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$ 2,500.00

SOLD for $350.00
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350 og ImageCAPE OF GOOD HOPE, 1863, 1sh Emerald (15; SG 21). Original gum, large margins all around incl. sheet-margin on one side, brilliant color, Very Fine and choice, SG £600 (Image)

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$ 475.00

SOLD for $375.00
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351   ImageCAPE OF GOOD HOPE, 1863, 1sh Emerald (15; SG 21). Large to ample margins all around, fresh color, light cancel, Very Fine, SG £650 (Image)

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$ 550.00

SOLD for $140.00
Will close during Public Auction
352   ImageCAPE OF GOOD HOPE, 1868-74, 4p on 6p Surcharge, "Fonr" for "Four" Variety (20b; SG 27b). Triangular cancel, fresh color, Fine, a scarcely offered plate variety, ex Cook, with 2008 Sismondo certificate, SG £700 (Image)

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$ 850.00

SOLD for $170.00
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353 c ImageCAPE OF GOOD HOPE, 1872 O.H.M.S. Cover. Struck by oval "Secretary to Her Majesty's High Commissioner" intaglio seal with "Cape Town, Cape Colony JU 14 72" circular datestamp beside on cover to New Rush, De Beers, Diamond Fields, De Beers arrival backstamp, backflap missing, Fine and rare, sent shortly after Griqualand West became a colony and a British territory (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $700.00
Will close during Public Auction

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