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Lot 1
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Great Britain, 1840, Queen Victoria First Issue, 1d black (SG 2), plate 2, HJ, exceptionally fresh with ample to large margins and a sharp magenta Maltese cross cancel; very faint, insignificant corner bend at upper right, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, a gorgeous example of this rare colored Maltese cross cancel.
Scott 1; $320 ++.
SG £3,000 ($3,900).
Estimate $1,200 - 1,800.
Realized $750.
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Lot 2
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Great Britain, 1840, Queen Victoria First Issue, 1d black, inverted watermark (SG 2), plate 1b, DE, three large margins, close or just toucing at top; small, shallow thin spot, Fine to Very Fine appearance. A rare variety.
Scott 1 var.
SG £2,500 ($3,250).
Estimate $350 - 500.
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Lot 3
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Great Britain, 1840, Queen Victoria First Issue, 1d black (SG 2), plate 4, BA, large to extra large margins, including partial sheet margin at left, bright red Maltese cross cancel, Extremely Fine to Superb.
Scott 1; $320.
SG £400 ($520).
Estimate $250 - 350.
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Lot 4
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Great Britain, 1840, Queen Victoria First Issue, 1d black (SG 2), plate 4, DA ("D" slightly doubled), irregularly cut large to extra large margins, including partial sheet margin at left, red Maltese cross cancel, Extremely Fine.
Scott 1; $320+.
SG £400+ ($520).
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $150.
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Lot 5
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Great Britain, 1840, Queen Victoria First Issue, 1d black (SG 2), plate 8, QC, ample to om and neat black Maltese cross cancel, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, a lovely example from this scarce plate.
Scott 1; $320.
SG £375 ($490).
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $150.
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Lot 6
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Great Britain, 1840, Queen Victoria First Issue, 1d black (SG 2), plate 1b, CL, distinctive signs of re-entry, large balanced margins and light red Maltese cross cancel, Extremely Fine.
Scott 1; $320+.
SG £400+ ($520).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $130.
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Lot 7
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Great Britain, 1840, Queen Victoria First Issue, 1d black (SG 2), plate 8, EG, ample to large margins and neat red Maltese cross cancel, Very Fine, a lovely example from this scarce plate.
Scott 1; $320+.
SG £575 ($750).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $150.
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Lot 8

Great Britain, 1840, Queen Victoria First Issue, 1d black (SG 2), plate 8, JE, exceptionally fresh with large balanced margins and a light red Maltese cross cancel, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, a choice example of a scarcer plate.
Scott 1; $320+.
SG £525 ($680).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $150.
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Lot 9
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Great Britain, 1840, Queen Victoria First Issue, 1d black (SG 2), plate 6, TI, ample to large margins, red Maltese cross cancel, Very Fine.
Scott 1; $320.
SG £400 ($520).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $90.
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Lot 10

Great Britain, 1840, Queen Victoria First Issue, 1d black (SG 2), tied by red Maltese cross with large complete four margins, on printed business form folded letter for Dundee and Hull Steamship-Packet Company, addressed to Hull, deep rich shade, backstamped Dundee SE 26E 1840 and SEP Z27 M 1840, Very Fine.
Scott 1; $640.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $300.
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Lot 11
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Great Britain, 1840, Queen Victoria First Issue, 2d blue (SG 5), light red cancel, four full ample to large margins all around, Very Fine.
Scott 2; $700.
Estimate $300 - 400.
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Lot 12
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Great Britain, 1840, Queen Victoria First Issue, 2d blue (SG 5), plate 2, DA, bright color and ample to large margins with a slightly heavy black Maltese cross cancel, Very Fine.
Scott 2; $700.
SG £900 ($1,170).
Estimate $300 - 401.
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Lot 13
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Great Britain, 1840, Queen Victoria First Issue, 2d blue (SG 5), plate 2, GJ, fresh and bright with clear to large margins and a somewhat heavy red Maltese cross cancel, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott 2; $700.
SG £1,000 ($1,300).
Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 14

Great Britain, 1841, Queen Victoria, 2d pale blue, "white lines" (SG 13), a lovely block of 4 from plate 3, positions GG/HH, o.g., large balanced margins all around; few barely noticeable creases, one vertical crease end in a sealed tear at the top of GG, Very Fine appearance, a very rare block.
Scott 4a; $42,500.
SG £42,000 ($54,600).
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
Realized $2,900.
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Lot 15

Great Britain, 1841, Queen Victoria, 2d blue, "white lines" (SG 14 var.), plate 3, SJ with shifted transfer, nearly full o.g., exceptionally bright and fresh looking with large balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 2014 B.P.A. certificate noting
"treated to reduce sulferization" [of blue].
Scott 4 var. S.G. Spec. ES11c.
SG £6,250+ ($8,120).
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
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Lot 16

Great Britain, 1841, Queen Victoria, 2d blue, "white lines" (SG 14), large part o.g., fresh color with a slt ivory head and margins close but clear all around, Fine.
Scott 4; $4,500.
SG £6,250 ($8,120).
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
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Lot 17
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Great Britain, 1841, Queen Victoria, 2d blue, "white lines" (SG 14), an attractive used block of 6, margins all around, though barely clear at lower right; couple faint "bends", Fine to Very Fine, a very scarce used multiple.
Scott 4; $1,850 for block of 4 & 2 singl. S.G. Spec. E1; £1,980 for block of 4 & pair ($2,570).
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $275.
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Lot 18
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Great Britain, 1841, Queen Victoria, 2d deep full blue, "white lines" (SG 15), a spectacular "jumbo" with full top & bottom margins and a good bit of the adjacent stamps at left and right, as well as neat black Maltese cross cancels, which are scarce on the 2d "white lines", a Superb gem.
Scott 4b; $55 ++.
SG £275 ($360).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $120.
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Lot 19

Great Britain, 1854, Queen Victoria, 2d deep blue on bluish, Small Crown watermark, perf 16, plate 4 (SG 19 var.), a striking vertical pair with a dramatic shift of the horizontal perforations leaving both the "TWO PENCE" and "POSTAGE" labels at the top of each stamp, large part o.g., Fine to Very Fine. Quite a stunning perforation error.
Scott 10 var.; $8,000+.
SG £9,400 ($12,220).
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $550.
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Lot 20
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Great Britain, 1864, Queen Victoria, 1d rose red, letters in all four corners (SG 43), a very nice example from the rare plate 225 with the plate number clearly visible on both the left and the right, neat Grantham "321" barred oval fro a duplex canceller, Fine.
Scott 33; $825.
SG £800 ($1,040).
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $300.
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Lot 21

Great Britain, 1869, Queen Victoria, 2d deep blue, letters in all four corners, "thin lines" (SG 47), plate 15, HI, o.g., lightly hinged, wonderfully fresh and well centered, Very Fine.
Scott 30 var.; $500.
SG £525 ($680).
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $200.
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Lot 22
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Great Britain, 1854, Queen Victoria Embossed issues, 1s, 10d & 6d (SG 55, 57, 58), each with an 1855-type numeral cancel: "155" (Buxton), "75" (Birmingham) & "466" (Liverpool), respectively); all fresh and sound but with margins close to just in, Fine.
Scott 5-7; $3,400.
SG £3,500 ($4,550).
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $300.
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Lot 23

Great Britain, 1867, Queen Victoria, 3d rose, Spray of Rose watermark (SG 103), plate 9, GA-HA, horizontal pair, with wing margin at right, o.g., never hinged, bright and fresh; left stamp with a few shorter perfs at bottom, otherwise Very Fine. Rarely seen in a true never hinged state.
Scott 49; $1,200 ++.
SG £1,250 ++ ($1,620).
Estimate $1,200 - 1,800.
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Lot 24

Great Britain, 1867, Queen Victoria, 10d red brown, Spray of Rose watermark (SG 112), slightly disturbed o.g., difficult mint stamp to find so fresh appearing; diagonal crease at bottom left, Very Good, with 2014 P.F. certificate.
Scott 53; $3,500.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $225.
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Lot 25
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Great Britain, 1867, Queen Victoria, 5s pale rose, Maltese Cross watermark (SG 127), plate 2, quite well centered with a bold central strike (inverted) of a Callao, Peru "C38" barred ellipse, Very Fine. SG Z56 but seriously undervalued at £450.
Scott 57a; $1,200+.
SG £1,500+ ($1,950).
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $250.
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Lot 26
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Great Britain, 1878, Queen Victoria, 10s greenish gray, Maltese Cross watermark (SG 128), somewhat heavy barred ellipse cancel, fresh and sound, Fine.
Scott 74; $3,250.
SG £3,200 ($4,160).
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $500.
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Lot 27
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Great Britain, 1882, Queen Victoria, 5s rose on white paper, Anchor watermark (SG 134), somewhat smudgy London "96" duplex cancel; few clipped perfs at lower left, otherwise Fine to Very Fine.
Scott 90a; $5,000.
SG £4,250 ($5,520).
Estimate $400 - 600.
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Lot 28
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Great Britain, 1882, Queen Victoria, £5 orange on white paper (SG 137), bold Liverpool "L.S./5" barred ellipse cancels, well centered with fresh color; few missing perfs at right and slightly rounded lower right corner, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott 93; $5,000.
SG £4,750 ($6,180).
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $850.
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Lot 29

Great Britain, 1881, Queen Victoria, 3d rose, Imperial Crown watermark (SG 158), plate 20, o.g., lightly hinged, bright fresh color, Fine.
Scott 83; $900.
SG £900 ($1,170).
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $180.
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Lot 30

Great Britain, 1881, Queen Victoria, 1s orange brown, Imperial Crown watermark (SG 163), plate 13, o.g., lightly hinged, quite fresh with rich, warm color, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott 87; $700.
SG £875 ($1,140).
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $225.
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Lot 31

Great Britain, 1881, Queen Victoria, 5d indigo, Imperial Crown watermark (SG 169), o.g., lightly hinged, exceptionally fresh with deep rich color, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott 85; $725.
SG £725 ($940).
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $225.
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Lot 32

Great Britain, 1884, Queen Victoria, 5s rose on white paper, Anchor watermark (SG 180), o.g., nicely centered with bright color; horizontal crease through value tablet, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott 108; $1,100.
SG £1,100 ($1,430).
Estimate $250 - 350.
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Lot 33
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Great Britain, 1884, Queen Victoria, 5s rose on white paper, Anchor watermark (SG 180), a gorgeous used single, well centered and canceled with a central "Quayside/ Newcastle-on-Tyne" c.d.s., May 23, 1889, Extremely Fine. For well centered, lightly canceled examples, Scott suggests a premium of 25%, Gibbons 50%.
Scott 108; $250.
SG £250 ($320).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $140.
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Lot 34

Great Britain, 1884, Queen Victoria, 5s crimson on white paper, Anchor watermark (SG 181), o.g., exceptionally fresh with brilliant color, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott 108b; $1,000.
SG £975 ($1,270).
Estimate $300 - 400.
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Lot 35

Great Britain, 1884, Queen Victoria, 5s crimson on white paper, Anchor watermark (SG 181), o.g., fresh and well centered, Very Fine.
Scott 108b; $1,000.
SG £975 ($1,270).
Estimate $400 - 600.
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Lot 36

Great Britain, 1884, Queen Victoria, 10s ultramarine on white paper, Anchor watermark (SG 183), a choice mint example, o.g., lightly hinged, fresh and virtually perfectly centered, Very Fine.
Scott 109; $2,250.
SG £2,250 ($2,920).
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $500.
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Lot 37

Great Britain, 1884, Queen Victoria, 10s ultramarine on white paper, Anchor watermark (SG 183), o.g., bright, fresh and well centered; couple faintly toned perfs at top visible only on reverse, Very Fine.
Scott 109; $2,250.
SG £2,250 ($2,920).
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
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Lot 38

Great Britain, 1884, Queen Victoria, 10s pale ultramarine on white paper, Anchor watermark (SG 183), o.g., very lightly hinged, exceptionally fresh with bright color; ironed out crease, otherwise Very Fine, with 2018 R.P.S.L. certificate noting Type K14(3).
Scott 109; $2,250+.
SG £2,500 ($3,250).
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $275.
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Lot 39
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Great Britain, 1884, Queen Victoria, 10s ultramarine on white paper, Anchor watermark (SG 183), a exceptional used single, well centered and canceled with a central "Tenbury/ B" c.d.s., Nov 30, 1889, Extremely Fine. For well centered, lightly canceled examples, Scott suggests a premium of 25%, Gibbons 50%.
Scott 109; $550.
SG £525 ($680).
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $200.
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Lot 40
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Great Britain, 1884, Queen Victoria, 10s ultramarine on white paper, Anchor watermark (SG 183), fresh and nicely centered with a clear "Registered/ Gracechurch Street" oval, Nov 13, 1891, Very Fine.
Scott 109; $550.
SG £525 ($680).
Estimate $350 - 500.
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Lot 41
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Great Britain, 1884, Queen Victoria, 10s ultramarine on white paper, Anchor watermark (SG 183), canceled Gracechurch St. Registered oval and part of a violet transit marking, well centered, Very Fine.
Scott 109; $550.
SG £525 ($680).
Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 42
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Great Britain, 1884, Queen Victoria, 10s pale ultramarine on white paper, Anchor watermark (SG 183a), exceptionally well centered with a neat central "West Hartlepool/B" c.d.s., May 31, 1889, Extremely Fine. For well centered, lightly canceled examples, Scott suggests a premium of 25%, Gibbons 50%.
Scott 109 var.; $550+.
SG £550 ($720).
Estimate $350 - 500.
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Lot 43
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Great Britain, 1888, Queen Victoria, £1 brown lilac, Orbs watermark (SG 186), canceled London "71" hexagonal duplex; small thin spot, Fine to Very Fine appearance.
Scott 123; $4,400.
SG £4,250 ($5,520).
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
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Lot 44

Great Britain, 1884, Queen Victoria, 5d dull green (SG 193), o.g., hinge remnants, nicely centered with strong color, Very Fine.
Scott 104; $575.
SG £580 ($750).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $375.
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Lot 45
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Great Britain, 1891, Queen Victoria, £1 green (SG 212), canceled three strikes London "O.E." c.d.s., Nov 13, 1896, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott 124; $800.
SG £800 ($1,040).
Estimate $350 - 500.
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Lot 46
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Great Britain, 1891, Queen Victoria, £1 green (SG 212), fresh and exceptionally well centered with a neat "Registered/ Threadneedle St. B.O.E.C." oval, Feb 7, 1896, Very Fine. A premium used £1 green; Gibbons suggests a premium of 50% for "well-centered, lightly used" examples.
Scott 124; $800.
SG £800 ($1,040).
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $250.
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Lot 47
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Great Britain, 1891, Queen Victoria, £1 green (SG 212), a striking used example, socked-on-the-nose BELFAST/T c.d.s., Apr 2, 1895, exceptionally fresh with full color and decent centering, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott 124; $800.
SG £800 ($1,040).
Estimate $300 - 400.
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Lot 48

Great Britain, 1902-11, King Edward VII, ½d to 1s, unclassified as to printings (no chalky paper), o.g., never hinged except the 3d (very lightly hinged), an exceptionally bright fresh set, Very Fine.
Scott 127-138; $729 as the cheapest varieties.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $275.
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Lot 49

Great Britain, 1902, King Edward VII, De La Rue printing, 5s bright carmine (SG 263), an extraordinary mint single, o.g., never hinged, fresh and perfectly centered, Extremely Fine, signed A. Diena.
Scott 140; $600. S.G. Spec. M51[1]; £850 ($1,100).
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $275.
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Lot 50

Great Britain, 1902, King Edward VII, De La Rue printing, 10s ultramarine (SG 265), another extraordinary, post office fresh mint single, o.g., never hinged, virtually perfectly centered, Extremely Fine, signed A. Diena.
Scott 141; $1,600. S.G. Spec. M53[1]; £2,000 ($2,600).
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $650.
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Lot 51
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Great Britain, 1902, King Edward VII, De La Rue printing, 10s ultramarine (SG 265), an exceptional used example, fresh and well centered with a neat WELWYN double circle datestamp, Apr 3, 1908, Very Fine.
Scott 141; $525.
SG £500 ($650).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $200.
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Lot 52

Great Britain, 1902, King Edward VII, De La Rue printing, £1 dull blue green (SG 266), full o.g. with just the barest trace of hinging, remarkably well-centered; gum toned affecting paper and color, otherwise Extremely Fine, a choice example of the £1 King Edward VII, with 2018 R.P.S.L. certificate noting Type M55(1).
Scott 142; $2,000.
SG £2,000 ($2,600).
Estimate $600 - 800.
Realized $500.
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Lot 53
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Great Britain, 1902, King Edward VII, De La Rue printing, £1 dull blue green (SG 266), an exceptional used example, canceled light Liverpool registered ovals, 29 Aug 1903, fresh and perfectly centered, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Scott 142; $825.
SG £825 ($1,070).
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $250.
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Lot 54

Great Britain, 1913, King George V "Seahorses", Waterlow printing, 2s6d to £1 complete (SG 399/404), o.g., fresh set; 5s appears never hinged (with gum skips); £1 with barest trace of a hinge, but perfect face, Very Fine+ as a set.
Scott 173-176; $4,625.
Estimate $1,200 - 1,800.
Realized $1,700.
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Lot 55
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Great Britain, 1913, King George V "Seahorse", Waterlow printing, £1 dull blue green (SG 404), beautifully centered with strong color; canceled somewhat heavy parcel c.d.s.s, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott 176a; $1,800.
SG £1,600 ($2,080).
Estimate $600 - 800.
Realized $600.
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Lot 56

Great Britain, 1918-19, King George V "Seahorses", Bradbury, Wilkinson printing, 2s6d to 10s complete (SG 413a/17), o.g., very lightly hinged, exceptional color and centering on the cleanest paper you'll find, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Scott 179-181; $725.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $250.
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Lot 57

Great Britain, 1919, King George V "Seahorse", Bradbury, Wilkinson printing, 5s rose red and 10s dull gray blue (SG 416-417), o.g., uncommonly fresh and well centered, Very Fine.
Scott 180-181; $725.
SG £800 ($1,040).
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $140.
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Lot 58
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Great Britain, 1929, P.U.C. booklet (SG 434Wi/436bw), complete exploded booklet, exploded but complete, each pane intact and solid, with covers and interleaving included as well; individual booklet panes by Scott are #205b, 206b, 207b and 207c; Gibbons lists only the pane of four plus two labels (#436bw), with other panes valued as six singles; each pane with watermark inverted; 1d pane with hinge remnant (2 stamps affected); all other stamps never hinged, Very Fine, as pretty as they come.
Scott 205b-207c; $640+.
SG £595+ ($770).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $225.
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Lot 59

Great Britain, 1929, £1 P.U.C. (SG 438), o.g., never hinged, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott 209; $1,100. S.G. Spec. NCom9; £1,100 ($1,430).
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $400.
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Lot 60
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Great Britain, 1929, £1 P.U.C. (SG 438), fresh and perfectly centered with a very light London c.d.s., 4 Ap 1930, Very Fine to Extremely Fine. A very pretty example of this popular stamp.
Scott 209; $800.
SG £550 ($720).
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $375.
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Lot 61

Great Britain, 1934, King George V re-engraved "Seahorses", 2s6d to 10s complete (SG 450/2), o.g., lightly hinged, a bright, fresh set, Very Fine.
Scott 222-224; $630.
SG £575 ($750).
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $150.
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Lot 62

Great Britain, 1934, King George V re-engraved "Seahorses", 2s6d to 10s complete (SG 450/2), a remarkable set, with just the faintest whisper of a past hinge, Very Fine.
Scott 222-224; $630.
SG £575 ($750).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $130.
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Lot 63

Great Britain, 1955-58, Queen Elizabeth II (Wilding Portrait), ½d-1s6d complete (SG 540/56), St. Edward's Crown watermark, top arrow blocks of 4 except both 2½d are plain blocks, including both types of the 2½d, o.g., never hinged, Very Fine, with 1982 E. Diena certificate.
Scott 317-333; $710+.
SG £640+ ($830).
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $300.
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Lot 64

Great 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 $10,000 - 15,000

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.

Realized $7,000.
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Lot 65
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Great Britain, Postage Dues, 1914-57, nearly complete (SG D1-D55), with the exception of SG #D9, incredibly fresh throughout, Fine to Very Fine or better.
Scott J1-J54; $1,619.
SG £1,880 ($2,440).
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $325.
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Lot 66
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Great Britain, Inland Revenue Official, 1890, Queen Victoria, 5s rose (SG O9), socked-on-the-nose CRO(FTO)N (?) c.d.s., Apr 18, 1900, bright, fresh and quite well centered, Very Fine, an extraordinary example of this rare Official.
Scott O8; $2,500.
SG £2,500 ($3,250).
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $700.
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Lot 67
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Great Britain, Office of Works Official, 1902, Queen Victoria, 5d dull purple & blue (SG O34), fresh and well centered with a light Registered oval cancel, Very Fine.
Scott O47; $1,250.
SG £1,400 ($1,820).
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $250.
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Lot 68
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Great Britain, Telegraph Stamp, 1877, £1 brown-lilac (S.G. Spec. L236-2), canceled clear Parliament St. S.W. c.d.s., Apr 20, 1881, attractive, with partial boxed "C.H.R./ G.P.O."; light vertical crease at left, otherwise Fine.
S.G. Spec. £850 ($1,100).
Estimate $300 - 400.
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