St Helena 1922-37 Script watermark 5s grey and green/yellow, SG110a, variety 'Broken mainmast' (R2/1).
A fine and fresh mint example with large part original gum.
Only 259 possible and it is likely that many were destroyed in 1938. The first time we have handled this great rarity.
This definitive issue first released in 1922 was designed by the St Helena-born Postmaster Thomas R. Bruce. It was similar to the 1912-16 pictorials, but instead of the Government House or the Wharf, these stamps showed the badge of St. Helena - a three-masted sailing ship near two large rocks.
The Broken mainmast variety is one of the most sought after for this delightful stamp issue.
The Stanley Gibbons catalogue value is £750.
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