Cyprus 1880 (1 Apr) ½d rose, type 1 overprint on GB, plate 19, lettered "JE" , fresh colour with above average centring, excellent perforations and full original gum (with just a trace of hingeing). Minor toning but an attractive and desirable example of this key rarity, much above average, with impressive provenance and associations, being the right stamp of the horizontal pair formerly in the Richardson collection (RL 6/7/1960, lot 157), which was once attached to the block of 4 in the Royal Collection. Only two sheets issued, and most were used. Accompanied with British Philatelic Association certificate (1971). (SG catalogue price: £5,000) Mint. SG 1
North Borneo 1892 '8/Cents.' on 25c indigo, surcharged as type 23, COMPLETE SHEET OF FIFTY (10x5), with each horizontal pair neatly cancelled by 'SANDAKAN' circular date stamp, dated '12 NOV 1894'. Signed in right margin 'D. Cator - Sandakan' (probably the Postmaster). A unique and amazing item, in exceptional condition, being one of only SIX sheets (= 300 stamps) originally surcharged. (SG Catalogue price: £9,500+) Used. SG 65
Newfoundland 1859 (Cover) SG4 St John's to Baltimore
For Sale: £6,250
1859 (AP 1) outer wrapper from St Johns to Baltimore, 'Tucker' correspondence, endorsed 'pr Mail via Halifax', franked by 1857-64 4d scarlet-vermilion, good to very large margins except a little close at foot, tied by light barred oval, with red despatch cds (overstruck by '5/BOSTON/BR.PKT.' entry cds dated 'AP 10') alongside.
Vertical filing folds (clear of stamp and postmarks), but very fine for this usage, the stamp a particularly attractive example with lovely colour.
Ex Bill Gross, Hubbard and Carey Fox with Royal Philatelic Society (1968) and V.G. Greene (2001) Certificates of Authenticity.