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Great Britain Imprimatur collection

  • Great Britain 1840 1d black (VR official), SGV1var.
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    Great Britain 1840 1d black (VR official), SGV1var.

    £48,000.00

    Great Britain 1840 1d black (VR official), SGV1var.

    Very fine and fresh unused imperforate imprimatur lettered NL from the second registration sheet (Before hardening). Very scarce, one of only 33 possible examples, many of which are included within institutional collections.

    Accompanied with a Royal Philatelic Society (RPS) 2010 certificate of authenticity.

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  • Great Britain 1881 3d rose plate 12 (Watermark Crown). SG158var
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    Great Britain 1881 3d rose, plate 12 (Watermark Crown). Very fine unused original gum top marginal imperforate imprimatur lettered AB. Very rare being one of only 17 possible examples, many of which are in institutional collections. SG158var. 

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  • Great Britain 1956 2½d Carmine-red 'Wildings' (Watermark St Edwards Crown Sideways) SG544var
    Great Britain 1956 2½d Carmine-red 'Wildings' (Watermark St Edwards Crown Sideways). Superb unmounted original gum bottom marginal imperforate imprimatur pair, each stamp with a BPMA handstamp on reverse and showing sheet number '26511' in margin. Ex sideways delivery coils. Scarce. SG544var
  • Great Britain  1934-35 ½d Green (Harrison printing, Watermark block cypher). SG418var
    Great Britain  1934-35 ½d Green (Harrison printing, Watermark block cypher). Superb unmounted original gum imperforate imprimatur top marginal tête-bêche pair of booklet panes of six imprimaturs with British Postal and Museums Archive handstamps on reverse. Some gum wrinkling prevalent throughout the sheets nevertheless very scarce. SG418var
  • Great Britain 1934 2s6d-10s Seahorses SG450/2var
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    Great Britain 1934 2s6d-10s Seahorses SG450/2var

    £135,000.00

    Great Britain 1934 2s6d-10s Seahorses (Waterlow re-engraved printing). Superb unmounted original gum set of three imperforate imprimaturs in top left hand corner marginal blocks of four each with British Postal and Museum Archive handstamps on reverse. Very rare SG450/2var
  • Great Britain 1876 8d Purple Plate 1. (Watermark inverted)  SG156var
    Great Britain 1876 8d Purple, Plate 1. (Watermark inverted) A superb unmounted original gum top marginal imperforate imprimatur lettered AJ lightly mounted in margin only, showing part sheet inscription '4 Shillings per row of 6'. A magnificent example of this great rarity. SG156var
  • Great Britain 1937 1d Postage Due.  SG D20var
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    Great Britain 1937 1d Postage Due. SG D20var

    £10,000.00

    Great Britain 1937 1d Postage Due. Very fine unmounted original gum top marginal block of four imperforate imprimaturs with 'NPM IMPRIMATUR' hand stamped on reverse. very rare, this magnificent multiple contains four of the six examples released from theSmithsonian National Postal Museum archive sale. SG D20var
  • Great Britain 1883 10s Grey green Plate 1 (Watermark Anchor, blued paper) SG131var PL1
    Great Britain 1883 10s Grey green Plate 1 (Watermark Anchor, blued paper). Superb unused original gum imperforate imprimatur lettered BA, overprinted 'SPECIMEN' type 9. In January 1885 an additional eight stamps were removed from the Imprimatur sheet, only five of which were overprinted 'SPECIMEN'. A magnificent example of this great rarity. Ex Samuel. SG131var PL1
  • Great Britain 1924 1½d Red-brown (Watermark. Block Cypher). SG 420var

    Great Britain 1924 1

    ½d Red-brown (Watermark. Block Cypher), SG420var.

    Superb unmounted original gum imperforate horizontal 

    tête-bêche pair of imprimaturs with 'British Postal Museum and Archives' handstamp on reverse.

    Very rare.

  • Great Britain 1964 2½d 20th International Geographical Congress (Phosphor). SG 651p var
    Great Britain 1964 2½d 20th International Geographical Congress (Phosphor). Superb unmounted original gum imperforate bottom left hand corer marginal cylinder block of four imprimaturs 'Cyl.3D-1C-1B-1A' with 'British Postal Museum and Archives' handstamps on reverse. Unique. SG 651p var
  • Great Britain 1970 10p-£1 'Decimal Machin Definitives'. SG 829/31bvar
    Great Britain 1970 10p-£1 'Decimal Machin Definitives'. Superb unmounted original gum bottom marginal set of five (including £1 value withdrawn) imperforate imprimaturs each with a 'British Postal Museum and Archives' handstamp on reverse. Scarce. SG 829/31bvar
  • Great Britain 1965 6d-1s6d Commonwealth Arts Festival (Ordinary). SG 699/70var
    Great Britain 1965 6d-1s6d Commonwealth Arts Festival (Ordinary). Superb unmounted original gum bottom right hand corner marginal set of two 'Traffic Light' imperforate imprimaturs in vertical pairs, each stamp with a 'British Postal Museum and Archives' handstamp on reverse. Unique. SG 699/70var
  • Great Britain 1971 £1 'Postage Dues' (Decimal Currency). SG D88var
    Great Britain 1971 £1 'Postage Dues' (Decimal Currency). Superb unmounted original gum top left hand corner marginal '2' cylinder block of six imperforate imprimaturs each with a 'British Postal Museum and Archives' handstamp on reverse. Unique. SG D88var
  • Great Britain 1967 4d-1s9d British Wild flowers (Phosphor). SG717/22pvar
    Great Britain 1967 4d-1s9d British Wild flowers (Phosphor). Superb unmounted original gum marginal set of six imperforate imprimaturs (4d value in se-tenant block of four), each stamp with a British Postal Museum and Archives handstamp on reverse. Scarce. SG717/22pvar
  • Great Britain 1969 5d Post Office Technology Commemoration. SG 808var
    Great Britain 1969 5d Post Office Technology Commemoration. Superb unmounted original gum corner marginal '2A.3B.2C.2D.' cylinder block of four imperforate imprimaturs each with a 'British Postal Museum and Archives' handstamp on reverse, showing slight gum disturbance in margin die to the mounting of the sheets by the Post Offie, nevertheless a unique piece. SG 808var
  • Great Britain 1939 5s Red 'Arms' High Value. SG 477var
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    Great Britain 1939 5s Red 'Arms' High Value. SG 477var

    £18,000.00

    Great Britain 1939 5s Red 'Arms' High Value. Very fine unmounted original gum bottom right hand corner marginal horizontal pair of imperforate imprimaturs, each with a 'British Postal Museum and Archives' handstamp on reverse. Scarce. SG 477var
  • Great Britain 1935 ½d1½d 'Silver Jubilee' (Type III, Watermark Upright). SG 453/5var
    Great Britain 1935 ½d1½d 'Silver Jubilee' (Type III, Watermark Upright). Superb unmounted original gum set of three marginal imperforate imprimaturs, each with a 'British Postal Museum Archives' handstamp on reverse. Ex Booklet panes. SG 453/5var
  • Great Britain 1937-47 ½d-2½d Definitives (Dark colours, Watermark sideways). SG462/6avar
    Great Britain 1937-47 ½d-2½d Definitives (Dark colours, Watermark sideways). Very fine unmounted original gum set of five imperforate imprimaturs with 'British Postal Museum and Archives' handstamps on reverse. Very scarce. SG 462/6avar
  • Great Britain 1938 ½d Emerald (Watermark G VI R Sideways).  SG D27var
    Great Britain 1938 ½d Emerald (Watermark G VI R Sideways). Very fine unmounted original gum imperforate left hand corner marginal C38 control block of four imprimaturs with 'British Postal Museum and Archives' handstamps on reverse some gum disturbance confined to sheet margin from original mounting of sheet by the post office, nevertheless a unique positional piece. SG D27var
  • Great Britain 1963 2½d Ninth International Lifeboat Conference (Ordinary). SG 639var

    Great Britain 1963 2 ½d Ninth International Lifeboat Conference (Ordinary), SG639var.

    Superb unmounted original gum bottom left hand corner marginal 3A, 2B, 1C cylinder block of six imperforate imprimaturs, each stamp with a 'British Postal Museum and Archives' handstamp on reverse. Some light gum disturbance in lower margin from original mounting of the sheet by the Post Office, nevertheless a unique positional piece.

    From the very first approved printed sheet of this classic stamp issue, the equivalent to a "first edition", and with the highest possible provenance originating from the British Postal Museum Archives.

  • Great Britain 1881 2½d Blue Plate 22. SG157var PL22
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    Great Britain 1881 2½d Blue Plate 22. SG157var PL22

    £3,000.00

    Great Britain 1881 2½d Blue Plate 22. Very fine unused part original gum line perforated imprimatur lettered EL, produced for inclusion in the 'Before and After the Committee' presentation book. Very scarce one of only 36 possible examples. 1992 Royal Philatelic Society Certificate. SG157var PL22
  • Great Britain 1881 1d Lilac (Die 1, Plates 1-8). SG170var
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    Great Britain 1881 1d Lilac (Die 1, Plates 1-8). SG170var

    £3,250.00

    Great Britain 1881 1d Lilac (Die 1, Plates 1-8)., SG170var.

    Very fine unused original gum set of eight top marginal imperforate imprimaturs.

    The 1d lilac was the result of a major change in policy. It came from a desire to unify the functions of Postage and Revenue stamps. The 1881 1d lilac was the First Unified Stamp. The first imprimatur in the set was registered on 23 May 1881.

    The GB Queen Victoria Specialised Catalogue, last published in 2011, quotes the price for a single imprimatur at £420.

    A wonderful and scarce set to assemble of such fine quality. 

  • Great Britain 1878 10s Greenish grey Plate 1. SG123var
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    Great Britain 1878 10s Greenish grey Plate 1. SG123var

    £35,000.00

    Great Britain 1878 10s Greenish grey Plate 1. Superb unused original gum imperforate imprimatur lettered BD. Very rare, one of only 24 possible examples, many of which are in institutionalised collections. 1996 British Philatelic Association Certificate. SG123var
  • Great Britain 1937 2s6d Postage Due.  SG D26var
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    Great Britain 1937 2s6d Postage Due. SG D26var

    £10,000.00

    Great Britain 1937 2s6d Postage Due. Very fine unmounted original gum top marginal block of four imperforate imprimaturs with 'NPM IMPRIMATUR' handstamp on reverse released from the National Postal Museum.

    Very scarce. SG D26var

  • Great Britain 1855 4d Carmine Plate 2, SG62var Plate 2
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    Great Britain 1855 4d Carmine Plate 2, SG62var Plate 2

    £6,500.00

    Great Britain 1855 4d Carmine Plate 2, SG62var, (Watermark small garter).

    Very fine unused imperforate imprimatur. Very rare, one of only 22 possible examples, many of which are in institutional collections.

    The SG Specialised Catalogue price is £8,500.

  • Great Britain 1936 1½d Red-brown. SG459var
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    Great Britain 1936 1½d Red-brown. SG459var

    £13,500.00

    Great Britain 1936 1½d Red-brown, SG459var.

    A superb unmounted mint original gum imperforate imprimatur horizontal tête-bêche pair with 'NPM IMPRIMATUR' handstamp on reverse.

    A very rare item in uncirculated condition.

    Provenance: Ex National Postal Museum (NPM) Archive sales. 

  • Great Britain 1884 5s Rose Imprimatur.  SG176var
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    Great Britain 1884 5s Rose Imprimatur. SG176var

    £5,500.00

    Great Britain 1884 5s Rose Imprimatur, SG176var.

    A superb unused original gum imperforate example lettered CF of one of the most striking and popular of Queen Victorian surface printed issues.

    This imperforate imprimatur from the very first approved printing sheet is very rare with only 49 possible examples. many of which are in institutional collections.

  • Great Britain 1956 2½d Carmine-red 'Wildings' (Watermark St Edwards Crown Sideways).  SG544var
    Great Britain 1956 2½d Carmine-red 'Wildings' (Watermark St Edwards Crown Sideways). Superb unmounted original gum bottom marginal imperforate imprimatur pair, each stamp with a British Postal Museum and Archive handstamp on reverse and showing sheet dividing arrow in margin. Ex sideways delivery coils. Scarce. SG544var
  • Great Britain 1964 20th International Geographical Conference (Ordinary).  SG651/4var

    Great Britain 1964 20th International Geographical Conference (Ordinary), SG651/4var.

    Very fine unmounted mint with full original gum imperforate set of imprimaturs with N.P.M handstamp on reverse.

    Very rare with only 10 sets being released by the National Postal Museum in 1984/5.

  • Great Britain 1878 10s Greenish grey Plate 1. SG128var
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    Great Britain 1878 10s Greenish grey Plate 1. SG128var

    £35,000.00

    Great Britain 1878 10s Greenish grey Plate 1, SG128var.

    Very fine and fresh unused original gum imperforate imprimatur lettered CC.

    Very rare imprimatur of this classic Queen Victorian stamp issue. Only 24 examples were removed from the imprimatur sheet of which a maximum of 18 examples exist in private hands.

    The SG catalogue price for SG128 is £50,000.

    Accompanied with a 2004 British Philatelic Association Certificate of Authenticity. 

  • Great Britain 1937 1d Scarlet. SG463var
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    Great Britain 1937 1d Scarlet. SG463var

    £15,000.00

    Great Britain 1937 1d Scarlet, SG463var.

    Superb quality unmounted mint with full original gum imperforate imprimatur tête-bêche gutter pair with NPM (National Postal Museum) handstamp on reverse.

    Very rare and with excellent provenance originating from ex.NPM archive sales 1984-85.

  • Great Britain 1950-52 ½-2½d (new colours, watermark inverted). SG503/7wivar

    Great Britain 1950-52 ½-2½d (new colours, watermark inverted), SG503/7wivar.

    Superb quality unmounted mint with full original gum imperforate set of 5 imprimaturs with 'BPMA' handstamps on reverse, except for the ½d value.

    A scarce set of imprimaturs of the finest quality released from the British Postal Museum Archives in 2014.

  • Great Britain 1858 2d Blue Plate 9. SG45var
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    Great Britain 1858 2d Blue Plate 9. SG45var

    £7,500.00

    Great Britain 1858 2d Blue Plate 9, SG45var.

    Very fine unused four margin imperforate imprimatur lettered BJ. Lovely quality.

    Very rare, one of only 22 possible examples many of which are institutional collections.

    Provenance: Ex 'Verus'.

  • Great Britain 1961 1s3d Green. SG618var
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    Great Britain 1961 1s3d Green. SG618var

    £4,500.00

    Great Britain 1961 1s3d Green (Watermark Crowns, 2 Bands blue phosphor, cream paper).

    Superb unmounted mint with full original gum horizontal pair of imperforate imprimaturs each with a BPMA (British Postal Museum Archives) handstamp on reverse, showing variety 'White flaw in Queens hair' in position R2/9.

    Unique.

  • Great Britain 1879 2½d Rosey mauve Plate 16, SG141var
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    Great Britain 1879 2½d Rosey mauve Plate 16, SG141var

    £2,250.00

    Great Britain 1879 2½d Rosey mauve Plate 16, SG141var.

    A very fine unused original gum imperforate imprimatur lettered AG.

    Very rare with only 22 stamps having been moved from the imprimatur sheet.

  • Great Britain 1973 3p-9p
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    Great Britain 1973 3p-9p "British Paintings". SG931/4var

    £8,000.00

    Great Britain 1973 3p-9p "British Paintings", SG931/4var.

    A superb unmounted full original gum bottom marginal set of four imperforate imprimaturs of this famous and popular stamp issue. Each stamp is with a "BPMA" (British Postal Museum Archives) handstamp on reverse.

    Exceptional provenance as they were released from the British Postal Museum Archives in 2014. Prior to this they were stored in the museum archives in climate controlled vaults since being printed and are therefore in uncirculated mint condition.