Sale 3002

Lot 7


Bermuda, 1853, Hamilton Postmaster's Stamp (Perot), 1d red on bluish wove (Scott X3. SG O5), First Issue at Hamilton, 1d red on bluish (Gibbons thick white) paper, cut approximately to shape. Small shallow thin at left invisible from face, one of six recorded examples.

Scott $200,000. SG £180,000 ($232,380).

William Bennett Perot (1791-1871) was appointed Postmaster at Hamilton in 1818 and remained in his position until 1861. During the early years of his tenure, postmasters were permitted to keep any postage paid on inland mail. Outside of regular hours, though, some senders would leave a letter without payment, resulting in letters being sent free (and the postmaster losing income). To counter this practice, Perot in 1848 took his datestamp, removed the day and month slugs, and struck multiple impressions on paper, creating "stamps" that could be sold in advance and affixed by the sender to outgoing mail. As control marks, Perot inscribed each "one penny" above the date and signed "W.B. Perot" below.

Only 11 examples of Perot's First Issue are known, six struck in red, five in black. The blacks date from 1848 (3 examples) and 1849 (2), with the reds known 1853 (3), 1854 (2) and 1856 (1).

Of the six reds, one is affixed to an entire letter in the hand of banker N. Butterfield of Hamilton, dated April 16, 1855, addressed to B. Wilson Higgs at St. George's.

This example is considered one of the finest of the remaining reds.

Discovered in 1918 among the family papers of Miss Frances Trott (the third of five examples!), the stamp was acquired by Alfred H. Caspary in 1922. It was then purchased by Vahun Mozian in the 1957 Caspary Sale (Sale 9, May 14), acquired by Claude Cartier in 1969, and purchased for an unnamed buyer in Chartwell in 2011.

An exceptionally rare and iconic stamp.


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