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  • Great Britain 1840 1d Mulready envelope, SG ME2
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    Great Britain 1840 1d Mulready envelope, SG ME2

    £16,000.00

    Great Britain 1840 1d Mulready envelope. One Penny envelope, stereo A146, forme 2, sent 1842 (December) from Charing Cross, London, to ‘Lady Mary Phipps, Boxford, Colchester’, cancelled by black Maltese Cross. This is unique being the only known example of a hand coloured Mulready with a Black Maltese Cross. SG ME2.

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  • Great Britain 1840 1d Mulready Lettersheet (Forme 6, Stereo A239).  SG ME1
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    Great Britain 1840 1d Mulready Lettersheet (Forme 6, Stereo A239). SG ME1

    £10,000.00 £6,500.00

    Great Britain 1840 1d Mulready Lettersheet (Forme 6, Stereo A239), SGME1.

    A very fine used example with an Atlas Insurance Company advertisement (MA103f), sent from Coventry to Hinkley and cancelled contrary to regulations at upper right by a very fine strike of the distinctive Coventry Maltese Cross. Backstamped at Coventry and Hinkley for AP.15 & 16.1843 respectively.

    A magnificent example of this scarce distinctive Maltese Cross.

    Provenance: Ex Mayflower Grand Prix Collection.

    Accompanied with a 2010 British Philatelic Association (BPA) Certificate of Authenticity.

  • Great Britain 1840 1d Mulready lettersheet SGME1
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    Great Britain 1840 1d Mulready lettersheet SGME1

    £2,500.00

    Great Britain 1840 1d Mulready lettersheet (Forme 1, Stereo A9). A very fine used example sent from Market Drayton to Deptford neatly cancelled by a red Maltese Cross with a matching Market Drayton dispatch circular date stamp alongside for MY.19.1840. Backstamped by a London transit datestamp for MY.20.1840.

    A very scarce and attractive "May date" cover. Provenance: Ex. "Mayflower" Grand Prix Collection. Accompanied with a 2010 British Philatelic Association (BPA) certificate of authenticity. SGME1.

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  • Great Britain 1840 1d Mulready lettersheet, SG ME1
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    Great Britain 1840 1d Mulready lettersheet, SG ME1

    £7,500.00

    Great Britain 1840 1d Mulready lettersheet, ME1. A very fine hand coloured example. Attractive and rare. SG ME1

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  • Great Britain 1840 1d Rainbow trial (State 3)
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    Great Britain 1840 1d Rainbow trial (State 3) SG DP20b

    £4,950.00

    Great Britain 1840 1d Rainbow trial (State 3). A very fine imperforate four margin top marginal example printed in red brown on white wove paper. SGDP20 (State 3).

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  • Great Britain 1840 1d Rainbow trial (State 3). SG DP20b.
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    Great Britain 1840 1d Rainbow trial (State 3). SG DP20b.

    £5,000.00

    Great Britain 1840 1d Rainbow trial (State 3), SGDP20. A very fine imperforate four margin bottom marginal example printed in drab on thick bluish laid paper. Showing "Tiny dash" in SE corner square from position R.3/2. SG DP20b.

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  • Great Britain 1840 1d Rejected die. SG DP8b
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    Great Britain 1840 1d Rejected die. SG DP8b

    £7,500.00

    Great Britain 1840 1d Rejected die, SGDP8b.

    Very fine unused example printed by Perkins Bacon in yellow-green on cream wove paper.

    Very scarce piece of early philatelic history.

  • Great Britain 1840 1d Treasury competition essay by Robert Sievier. Essay

    Great Britain 1840 1d Treasury competition essay by Robert Sievier.

    Robert W. Sievier was an engraver, and later a noted sculptor. The one illustrated in this Treasury competition essay shows the central pattern embossed. It was proposed that the engine-turned surround be printed in two or three colours. He believed the stamps printed in such a complicated design in two processes and several colours would be extremely difficult to forge.

    A very fine full page example printed in pink and blue with white central embossed motif complete with his promotional narrative outlining his costs. He constructed a printing machine and estimated that he could produce one million impressions per day for as little as £6. 5s.

    Originally distributed in stitched copies of the No.65 'London and Westminster Review', and are now extremely scarce in this full page format. Printed on soft off-white wove paper, light and minor wrinkles as usually seen on these spectacular competition essays.

    An important piece of postal history regarding the invention of the prepaid adhesive postage stamp.

    Accompanied with a 2010 British Philatelic Association (BPA) certificate of authenticity.

    See GB Queen Victoria Specialised catalogue Vol 1. Pg 6 2010.

  • Great Britain 1840 1d, Plate 1b, June 11th 1840 the earliest date of use  SG2

    Great Britain 1840 1d, Plate 1b, June 11th 1840,  the earliest date of use. PB 'original re-entry' used on piece with "P/JU-11/1840" London Chief Office Evening Duty circular datestamp.

    This is the earliest known date of use of this printing plate and, as such, is a very important historical piece in early GB postal history.

    The "Postage Stamps of Great Britain Part One" by J.B. Seymour & Gardiner-Hill and the Stanley Gibbons volume 1 specialised catalogue both state that "The earliest recorded use of Plate 1b for printing is 8 June 1840 (the believed date of the earliest repair to plate 1 was May 23rd) and the earliest known postal use is 12 June 1840. SG2. 

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  • Great Britain 1840 2d Blue (MK) Plate 1 on Post Office Form from William Wordsworth. SG5

    Great Britain 1840 2d Blue (MK) Plate 1 on Post Office Form from William Wordsworth SG5

    Great Britain 1840 2d Blue plate 1, lettered MK, with large margins placed diagonally (perhaps suggesting a kiss) and tied by a superb red Maltese Cross in an orange vermilion shade on printed invoice headed Postage Stamps in the hand and signed by William Wordsworth.

    The letter was posted in Amble on Christmas Eve 1840 to Mrs. Hannah Backhouse Postmistress of Kendal. Features a blue Ambleside circular date stamp on reverse.

    William Wordsworth (1770-1850) Poet Laureate (from 1843) was distributor of stamps for the County of Westmorland until 1842.

    A stunning and unique piece of philatelic history.

  • Great Britain 1840 2d Blue Plate 1, SG5 Plate 1
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    Great Britain 1840 2d Blue Plate 1, SG5 Plate 1

    £30,000.00

    Great Britain 1840 2d Blue, Plate 1, SG5.

    A very fine and fresh unused large part original gum example lettered RE from the first printing plate of one of the world's first two postage stamps. The two penny blue is 10 times rarer than the penny black.

    Despite the thin margin on the bottom right of the stamp, it is very scarce in such fine condition, particularly benefiting from wonderful colour.

    The SG catalogue price is £38,000.

  • Great Britain 1840 2d Blue Plate 1. SG5 PL1
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    Great Britain 1840 2d Blue Plate 1. SG5 PL1

    £12,500.00

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    Great Britain 1840 2d Blue Plate 1, SG5.

    A very fine and fresh unused original gum example lettered OF. Horizontal crease along bottom frame line, not visible from face and not detracting from this very desirable and difficult stamp.

    The two penny blue was issued contemporary with the penny black and therefore shares the distinction of being one of the world's first two postage stamps. The two penny blue is, however, 10 times rarer than the penny black.

    Provenance: Ex Dublin Post Office find.

    Accompanied with a 2012 British Philatelic Association (BPA) Certificate of Authenticity.

    The SG catalogue price is £38,000. 

  • Great Britain 1840 2d Mulready envelope SGME4,2
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    Great Britain 1840 2d Mulready envelope SGME4,2

    £125,000.00

    Great Britain 1840 2d Mulready Envelope (Forme 1, Stereo a202).

    Very fine used example uprated to the 6d per 3oz rate with four additional 1d blacks from plate 8 lettered QA, SE, SG & SJ (SE & SG State 2 provisional printing) all neatly cancelled by crisp black Maltese Crosses.

    Sent from London to Dulwich with a "T.P./Cheif Office" handstamp and circulare date stamp on reverse for AU.19.1841.

    Some soiling nevertheless a spectacular uprated franking, one of only two recorded 6d frankings prepaid with four additional 1d blacks.

    Ex Yates & "Mayflower" Collections. Accompanied by a 1996 British Philatelic Association Certificate of Authenticity.

    One of the great rarities of Great Britain Philately.

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item.

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  • Great Britain 1840 2d Pale blue Plate 1. SG 6
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    Great Britain 1840 2d Pale blue Plate 1. SG 6

    £2,000.00

    Great Britain 1840 2d Pale blue Plate 1, SG6.

    Very fine used good to huge four margin horizontal pair lettered JJ-JK, neatly cancelled by crisp black Maltese Crosses.

    A scarce multiple in such splendid condition.

    The SG catalogue price for a single used 2d pale blue stamp is £1,000.

  • Great Britain 1840 2d. Blue from Plate 2 SG5
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    Great Britain 1840 2d. Blue from Plate 2 SG5

    £250,000.00

    Great Britain 1840 2d. Blue from Plate 2. Block of 4 lettered OA, OB, PA, PB, cancelled by Maltese Cross in Blue.  A beautiful piece being the only block of four 2d blues cancelled by a blue Maltese Cross in existence, unique as such. Accompanied by certificate of authenticity from the Royal Philatelic Society. SG5
  • Great Britain 1840 2d. Blue from Plate 2, Used SG5
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    Great Britain 1840 2d. Blue from Plate 2, Used SG5

    £75,000.00

    Great Britain 1840 2d. Blue Plate 2, SG5. The superb ‘vertical’ and ‘horizontal’ ”pairs” together with the unique cover, all cancelled by the circular date stamp of "Dorchester”. A totally unique page and fantastic showpiece of the two penny blue. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the British Philatelic Association (BPA).
  • Great Britain 1840 Fores Number 4 Hunting Envelope-Handcoloured

    Great Britain 1840 Fores Number 4 Hunting Envelope-Handcoloured. A superb used example and scarce. A postal history work of art.

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  • Great Britain 1840 Mulready Die Proof SG ME1var
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    Great Britain 1840 Mulready Die Proof SG ME1var

    £2,500.00

    Great Britain 1840 Mulready Die Proof, SGME1var.

    Very fine example of the stereotype with frame lines and "W.MULREADY R.A." and "JOHN THOMPSON" imprints in black on India paper. (158x116mm).

    Some very light foxing, but no heavy toning or creasing as often seen.

    Very scarce in such fine condition.

    The SG catalogue price in the Great Britain Specialised Queen Victoria catalogue 2011 is £3,800. 

  • A magnificent mint block of 12 Penny Blacks
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    Great Britain 1840 Penny Black mint block of 12 - SG2

    £695,000.00

    Great Britain 1840 1d black, plate 3, SG2 mint block of 12.
    This mint block of 12 Penny Black stamps is the largest known multiple from Plate 3 in private hands. 
    • Provenance from the esteemed Chartwell Collection.
    • Accompanied by a 2012 British Philatelic Association (BPA) certificate.
    • One of the crown jewels of Great Britain philately.
    The magnificent unused original gum, bottom marginal block of 12 is lettered SD-TI, with rare full deckle edge selvedge, four good margins and sheet inscription.
     
    Vertical creasing in "D" and "I" columns does not detract from this being one of the great mint multiples of this issue.

    This is an extremely rare opportunity to own a sizable, mint condition multiple from the original stamp issue, which continues to be one of the most widely collected in the world.

    Plate 3 was the first to be hardened before being put into press, resulting in stamps that were notably stable in printing, with even colour, and showing the deepest shades of black.

    Providing some of the finest stamps of the issue, it soon became worn and was the first plate of the issue to be destroyed. As such, good quality stamps from this plate are a rarity.

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  • Great Britain 1841
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    Great Britain 1841 "Roslin" decorative printed envelope

    £2,600.00

    Great Britain 1841 "Roslin" decorative printed envelope. A very fine used example in blue, sent from London to Newport Pagnell, neatly cancelled by a red London "PAID" tombstone for SP.17.1841. With a red "Upper Berkeley St" receiving office handstamp and a black Newport Pagnell receiving office datestamp for the following day. A lovely quality example of this very rare and attractive envelope.

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  • Great Britain 1841 1d Red brown on very blue paper Plate 101.  SG8a
    Great Britain 1841 1d Red brown on very blue paper Plate 101. Superb unused original gum large four margin corner marginal plate block of six lettered AK-CL showing sheet inscription and plate number. A magnificent exhibition piece of the very highest quality. SG8a
  • Great Britain 1841 1d Red brown P1.131, SG8.
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    Great Britain 1841 1d Red brown P1.131, SG8.

    £3,250.00 £2,250.00

    Great Britain 1841 1d Red brown Plate 131, SG8. A very fine and fresh four margin right hand marginal imperforate unused original gum horizontal pair lettered GK-GL, printed on thicker lavender tinted paper (Early stage).

    A very scarce and most attractive rarity of stunning quality.

    GB Specialised Catalogue Number: B1(1)L

    Accompanied with a 1990 British Philatelic Association (BPA) certificate of authenticity.

  • Great Britain 1841 1d Red brown Plate 10, SG7
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    Great Britain 1841 1d Red brown Plate 10, SG7

    £3,000.00

    Great Britain 1841 1d Red brown Plate 10 (1d red-brown from "black plates", SG7. 

    Pristine four margin unmounted mint original gum example lettered NH. Exceptional quality and very rarely seen as such.

  • Great Britain 1841 1d red brown Plate 10. SG7 PL10
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    Great Britain 1841 1d red brown Plate 10. SG7 PL10

    £100,000.00

    Great Britain 1841 1d red brown Plate 10. A superb unused original gum four margin bottom left hand corner marginal plate block of ten lettered SA-TE, with full deckle edge selvedge, sheet inscription and plate number '10'. A magnificent and very rare exhibition showpiece of the highest quality. Ex Manzi. SG7 PL10
  • Great Britain 1841 1d Red brown Plate 21, SG8
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    Great Britain 1841 1d Red brown Plate 21, SG8

    £4,250.00

    Great Britain 1841 1d Red brown Plate 21, SG8. Very fine used four margin example lettered BC, beautifully cancelled by a crisp red Maltese Cross. Very rare so fine. GB Specialised catalogue number: BS10sb. Accompanied by a 2005 Brandon Certificate of Authenticity.

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  • Great Britain 1841 1d red brown plate 48
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    Great Britain 1841 1d red brown plate 48. SG8var

    £6,500.00

    Great Britain 1841 1d red brown plate 48, SG8var. A superb unused top right hand corner marginal imperforate imprimatur lettered AL, showing part sheet inscription and plate number "48". Rare. Provenance: Ex. Clark (1946).

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  • Great Britain 1841 1d Red brown Plate 62, SG8var
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    Great Britain 1841 1d Red brown Plate 62, SG8var

    £6,000.00

    Great Britain 1841 1d Red brown Plate 62, SG8var.

    A superb quality unused top left hand marginal imperforate imprimatur lettered AA, showing part sheet inscription and plate number "62".

    Rare specialised piece of early GB philately in exhibition quality.

    Provenance: Ex. Clark (1946)

  • Great Britain 1841 1d Red brown plate 75 (Union Jack re-entry)

    Great Britain 1841 1d Red brown plate 75 (Union Jack re-entry), SG8d. A superb used four margin example lettered LK neatly tied to a clean cover by a crisp Manchester ""498"" numeral. An exceptional example of this dramatic re-entry. GB Specialised Catalogue No: BS28c. Accompanied with a 1996 British Philatelic Association (BPA) certificate of authenticity. SG8d.

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  • Great Britain 1841 1d Red brown SG8 PL19
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    Great Britain 1841 1d Red brown SG8 PL19

    £4,000.00

    Great Britain 1841 1d Red brown Plate 19, SG8.

    A very fine used good to large four margin example lettered IG, neatly tied to a printed entire by a distinctive Welshpool Maltese Cross, sent from Welshpool to Churchstoke and backstamped accordingly by a Welshpool dispatch datestamp for UJ.2.1842.

    The printed notice within is a decorative advertisement for the Welshpool Horticultural Society / First Exhibition / to be held on JU.23.1842.

    A very attractive and rare cover made an even more interesting piece of early British postal history virtue of its contents.

    GB Specialised Catalogue Number: BS24tg.

    Accompanied with a 2009 British Philatelic Association (BPA) Certificate of Authenticity.

  • Great Britain 1841 1d Red-brown Plate 132. SG8p
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    Great Britain 1841 1d Red-brown Plate 132. SG8p

    £12,000.00

    Great Britain 1841 1d Red-brown Plate 132, SG8p.

    Very fine used horizontal pair lettered EA-EB, neatly tied to a small piece by a pair of red Gloucester '312' numerals. EB touched at right hand side nevertheless a truly spectacular example of this very rare cancellation.

    GB Specialised Catalogue No: BS28xd.

    Accompanied by a 2012 Royal Philatelic Society Certificate of Authenticity.

  • Great Britain 1841 1d. Red-brown, plate 24 SG8
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    Great Britain 1841 1d. Red-brown, plate 24 SG8

    £1,500.00

    Great Britain 1841 1d. Red Plate 24, SG8. A used block of four superbly cancelled by neat Maltese Cross in Black, lettered SK, SL, TK, TL. Magnificent showpiece and rare. Accompanied by certificate of authenticity from British Philatelic Association (BPA). SG8. 

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  • Great Britain 1841 2d blue plate 4 SG14.
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    Great Britain 1841 2d blue plate 4 SG14.

    £8,000.00

    Great Britain 1841 2d blue plate 4. A very fine used large four margin example lettered OA, neatly cancelled by a crisp green Scottish type numeral leaving a clear profile. Very scarce. SG14. 

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  • Great Britain 1841 Cover 1d Red brown Plate 46 SG8
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    Great Britain 1841 Cover 1d Red brown Plate 46 SG8

    £495.00

    1841 1d Red brown Plate 46. Very fine pre-paid entire addressed to Ballymoney as indicated by a red manuscript "1" alongside a Green "PAID AT/ COLERAINE" handstamp. This has then had a 1d red with good to huge four margins lettered SD, affixed with red sealing wax over the top of the original handstamp and beautifully tied by a crisp Coleraine "149" numeral. Backstamped at Coleraine for NO.19.1844. A very attractive and unusual cover.

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  • Great Britain 1841 Penny Red (PA/PB) Plate 1b.
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    Great Britain 1841 Penny Red (PA/PB) Plate 1b.

    £50,000.00

    1841 Penny Red (PA/PB) Plate 1b. The UNIQUE MINT pair accompanied by 2008 British Philatelic Association certificate of authenticity. PA is State 3. PB is an original re-entry. Very fresh with part original gum. This is the only recorded multiple in existence. Excellent provenance coming from the world famous "Mayflower Grand Prix Collection".
  • Great Britain 1841 red-brown, plate 38. SG8
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    Great Britain 1841 red-brown, plate 38. SG8

    £950.00

    Great Britain 1841 red-brown, plate 38. Very fine used four margin example lettered HI tied to a clean unfolded entire letter by a crisp London No. 10 in Maltese Cross with a "TP Kings Rd. W.O." handstamp at left. Addressed to Birmingham and backstamped accordingly for SP.15.1843 with a London dispatch circular date stamp for the previous day. The cover really needs to be seen in the flesh to truly appreciate its level of quality and a philatelic gem. Accompanied with a Royal Philatelic Society (RPS) 2002 certificate of authenticity. SG8. 

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  • Great Britain 1841 Trials and Essays 2d Blue, SGDP43
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    Great Britain 1841 Trials and Essays 2d Blue, SGDP43

    £1,800.00

    Great Britain Trials and Essays 1841 2d Blue, SGDP43. Very fine and fresh four margin unused top marginal example of this scarce trial printing that was prepared for distribution to postmasters for the announcement of the forthcoming issue. GB Specialised Catalogue Number: DP43.

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