STOCKHOLMIA 2019 Private Treaty Sale

Lot 6

Bermuda, 1854, Hamilton Postmaster's Stamp (Perot), 1d red on bluish wove (Scott X2a. SG O4). One of two 1854 Provisionals known—and the only one in private hands.

One of two Perot Provisionals—no matter the year—known on cover.

The discovery example, presented to and described by Alfred Smith (Bath, England) in 1897.

The finest of the 11 recorded examples of Perot's First Issue Provisionals, this with clear red imprint of the datestamp, cut to an octagon with gargantuan margins (most issues cut roughly to shape, with margins close or in), and bold, unfaded "one penny" and "WB Perot" penned inscriptions.

The folded letter is from Nathaniel T. Butterfield, founder of the first bank in Bermuda (1858, still in existence) and a former mayor of Hamilton, to B[enjamin] Wilson Higgs in St. Georges, a merchant (listed in the 1858 Bermuda Almanack as one of the city's qualified auctioneers) and sometime forwarding agent.

This is one of only two 1854 issues recorded, the other residing in the Royal Philatelic Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It is also only the second First Issue Perot known on cover, the other being a repaired 1848 example printed in black.

The quintessential Bermudian—a true one-of-a-kind., PROVENANCE: Ferrary, Burrus, Tomasini, Kapiloff, and others.

An aristocrat of philately, Only surviving cover available.

Price: On Request.

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