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Lot 1001

Great Britain, 1840, Mulready Envelope, 1d black (Scott U1), stereo A165, an unused envelope, with manuscript endorsement in the hand of William Mulready, "Specimen of B. [British] Govt. envelope for Coll. J. Trumbull"; lightly soiled with a small wax seal hole on reverse. A Very Fine and unique Mulready specimen, possibly given to renowned American soldier and painter, John Trumbull, as a sign of admiration.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
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Lot 1002

Great Britain, 1840, Mulready Envelope, 2d blue & Mulready Letter Sheet, 1d black (Scott U2, U3), the 2d (stereo a200) with minor toning, the 1d (stereo A8) with a large mounting remnant, otherwise Very Fine.
SG £775 ($1,030).
Scott $785.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $170.
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Lot 1003

Great Britain, 1841, 2d blue, "white lines" (Scott 4), full o.g., clear to large margins with bright color, remarkably fresh, Fine to Very Fine.
SG 14; £6,000 ($7,980).
Scott $4,500.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $1,600.
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Lot 1004
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Great Britain, 1878, Queen Victoria, 10s greenish gray, Maltese Cross watermark (SG 128), canceled bold central "105" of a London duplex, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott 74; $3,250.
SG £3,200 ($4,260).
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $375.
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Lot 1005
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Great Britain, 1878, Queen Victoria, £1 brown lilac, Maltese Cross watermark (SG 129), canceled bold central Glasgow c.d.s., May 10, 1882; color has faded to pearly gray, but otherwise fresh and completely sound, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott 75; $4,500.
SG £4,500 ($5,980).
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $650.
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Lot 1006
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Great Britain, 1882, Queen Victoria, £1 brown lilac on bluish paper, Anchor watermark (SG 132); repaired upper right corner, Very Fine appearance.
Scott 92; $10,000.
SG £10,000 ($13,300).
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $800.
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Lot 1007
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Great Britain, 1884, Queen Victoria, £1 brown lilac, Imperial Crowns watermark (SG 185), canceled partial REGISTERED ovals, Mar 3, 1887 with light blue crayon stroke, Fine.
Scott 110; $3,000.
SG £2,800 ($3,720).
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $325.
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Lot 1008

Great Britain, 1918-19, King George V "Seahorses", Bradbury, Wilkinson printing, 2s6d to 10s complete (SG 413a, 415a, 416-17), normal set plus 2s6d pale brown color variety, o.g., previously hinged, Very Fine.
Scott 179-181, 179aq; $975.
SG £1,165 ($1,550).
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $425.
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Lot 1009
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Great Britain, 1929, £1 P.U.C. (SG 438), violet parcel cancel, 5 Dec 1936, Very Fine.
Scott 209; $800.
SG £550 ($730).
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $250.
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Lot 1010
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Great Britain, 1963, Red Cross (Phosphor) complete, imperf (SG 642/4p var), with "NPM IMPRIMATUR" handstamps on reverse, o.g., never hinged, perfectly centered within their margins, nihil obstat indeed! Very Fine, scarce.
Scott 398-400 var.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000

"Imprimatur" isn't a word we philatelists use—or even come across—every day, but it's as old as the Penny Black itself. The term is Latin, it means "let it be printed" and refers to the first sheet of stamps printed from the approved and finished printing plate. This sheet is normally held by the printers (or in the case of the British, the Treasury) as a record. While the British Treasury would normally keep the entire sheet, on occasion individual stamps were removed, making them incredibly rare, valuable and sought after.

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Lot 1011
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Great Britain, Telegraph Stamp, £1 brown-lilac, neat "GREENOCH, MR 15, 81" c.d.s., beautifully centered, remarkably fresh, Extremely Fine.
SG Specialized L236 (2).
SG £700 ($930).
Estimate $600 - 800.
Realized $800.
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Lot 1012
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Great Britain: Channel Islands, 1948, Third Anniversary of Liberation, 1d scarlet & 2½d ultramarine, imprimaturs (SG C1-C2 var), a stunning set of two right margin singles, imperforate, with "BPMA" handstamps on reverse, o.g., never hinged, Very Fine, scarce.
Scott 269-270 var.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
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