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  • 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 1840 1d Black Plate 1, SG2
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    Great Britain 1840 1d Black Plate 1, SG2

    £7,000.00

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    Great Britain 1840 1d Black PIate1b, SG2.

    A superb used huge four margin right hand marginal example lettered PL showing part sheet inscription, cancelled by crisp strike of bright red Maltese Cross. A magnificent and very rare marginal example in this quality.

    GB Specialised Catalogue Number: AS5.

    Accompanied with a 2005 British Philatelic Association Certificate of Authenticity.

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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 1840 2d Mulready envelope Stereo a208, SG ME4
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    Great Britain 1840 2d Mulready envelope Stereo a208, SG ME4

    £2,500.00

    Great Britain 1840 2d Mulready envelope Stereo a208, SG ME4.

    A very fine fresh envelope sent from London to Tring, neatly cancelled by a crisp black Maltese Cross. Backstamped by a London dispatch for "JY.8.1842" and a Tring arrival circular date stamp for the following day.

     

  • 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 blue, plate 1 SG5
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    Great Britain 1840 2d blue, plate 1 SG5

    £1,250.00

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    Great Britain 1840 2d blue, plate 1. A superb used four margin example lettered DF, neatly cancelled by a crisp strike of a red Maltese Cross leaving a clear profile. A used example of the highest calibre. SG5

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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 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 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 black, plate 1a, SG2
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    Great Britain 1840 1d black, plate 1a, SG2

    £100,000.00

    Great Britain 1840 1d black, plate 1a, SG2. A superb example lettered 'BH' used on a neat entire lettersheet from London to Birmingham on May 6th 1840, the first day of use, tied by red Maltese Cross cancellation.

    A stunning quality first day cover of the world's first postage stamp marking the dawn of prepaid postage and spawning a communications revolution.

    Shows a fine circular date stamp for "MY 6 1840". A beautiful display piece of the ultimate trophy asset in philately.

    Accompanied with an independent certificate of authenticity from the British Philatelic Association (BPA).

    The Stanley Gibbons specialised catalogue lists a penny black 6th May cover at a price of £160,000.

    GB Specialised Catalogue Number: A1ta.

  • 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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