Part of the very fine stamp collection in our April Sale:
LOT 249 Est. Â£500-700
Thirty nine used copies of Norway 1855 4s blue imperf. issue, mostly four margin copies with either ‘gridiron’ or numeral type cancellations plus a few CDS cancellations, and seven used copies of Norway 1855 4s blue imperf. issue four of which are fine used with CDS cancellations.
LOT 250 Est. Â£350-450
Entire with fine four-margin used copy of Norway 1855 4s blue tied, with certificate from Hans Grobe, and three similar, one with fine Bergen 14/10/1856 cancellation, one pen-cancelled, undated and without comments and one with fine Christiana 15/6/1857 and ’12’ cancellation.
LOT 251 Est. Â£1400-1600
British South Africa Company (Rhodesia) 18 values from d to Â£1, overprinted ‘SPECIMEN’, all fine mounted mint and rare, and six values good used condition: 4d, 2/- damaged, 5/- x two and Â£1 x two.
LOT 252 Est. Â£200-300
Finland 1866 Coat of Arms 1 mark yellow-brown, Facit Catalogue number 10C3, superb used and offered with certificate by Lars Neilsen 16th April 2001 endorsed “genuine and without repairs”, and another similar good used and supplied with certificate by Rolf Gummesson “genuine, minor perfection faults, well centred fine copy”.
LOT 253 Est. Â£250-350
Netherlands, set of 12 imperforated, fine mounted mint stamps from bottom of sheet, possibly colour trials/essays, unusual and fine; 1899 series of five values (15c, 25c, 17 1/2 c, 22 1/2 and 60c) all perf. 11 1/2 and with signs of gum disturbance, fine appearance; 1899 series of seven values (15c, 17 1/2c, 22 1/2c, 25c, 50c and 60c) all perf. 11 and with signs of gum disturbance, fine appearance; and 1940 set of surcharges, generally fine unmounted mint but gum disturbance on 70c value only.
LOT 254 Est. Â£200-300
Straits Settlements set of 12 values of 1902, 1 cent to $5, overprinted SPECIMEN (SG110s to 21s), fine colours, mounted mint, and Straits Settlements set of four values of 1903, 1 cent to 8 cent, overprinted SPECIMEN (SG123s to 6s) fine mounted mint set.
LOT 255 Est. Â£150-250
West Berlin 1949 Berlin Relief Fund miniature sheet, SG B70a, a fine example of this elusive item, unmounted mint but with a few tiny specks on reverse which does not detract.
LOT 256 Est. Â£100-200
Netherlands, Postal History – one postcard with divided back with probably SG168 tied with clear Graauw BV double ring cds 21/AUG/06, the second with undivided back with probably SG168 tied with fine Hoog-Blokland double ring cds 13/FEB/07; 1881 Postage Dues, 23 mounted mint values, much original gum, plus one value used (1 Guilden value), also one mint block of four (20c value); and 1907 Postage Due (Portzegel) complete set of 13 values lightly mounted mint.
LOT 257 Est. Â£100-200
Canada 1897 Jubilee issues, 13 values used (half cent to 20 cents x 2) plus SG138 ($3) overprinted SPECIMEN, mounted mint with slight gum thin.
LOT 258 Est. Â£120-180
Netherlands Indies: Facit Catalogue numbers 60b-61A (1 Guilden and 2 1/2 Guilden values on blue paper), both very lightly mounted, also (58C and 59C) 1 Guilden and 2 1/2 Guilden values with traces of hinges otherwise fine; Netherlands Indies (Java) 1902 mint series of 14 values from 1 cent to 1 Guilden with Java overprint inverted; and Surinam 1925 12 1/2 ct on 22 1/2 ct, a pair fine used with mint single from left margin with missing full stop after ‘ct’.
LOT 259 Est. Â£80-120
Netherlands, adhesives of August 1914 International Show, one pair with gum disturbance, one single label on cover addressed to Belgium plus block of four of each of the two values and supplied with N.V.P.H. certificate, rare; Swiss 1868/70 Hotel Post adhesives ‘Rigi Scheideck’, Nos: 1, 1a, 2, 2a, 3, and 3a, complete set of six labels mounted and priced to sell at $100; and Netherlands 1967 International Stamp Show Amsterdam (Amphilex ’67), SG 1035/6/7 (Mi880/881/882), three values in sheetlets of ten, fine unmounted mint.
LOT 260 Est. Â£200-300
Great Britain, SG2, 5 and 6 – two Penny Blacks and one Penny Red all Plate 1A and matched position I.G., all fine four-margin examples; and SG2b, 5a and 6a – two Penny Blacks and one Penny Red all Plate 1A and matched position H.B., all fine four-margin examples.
LOT 261 Est. Â£180-220
Great Britain: Mulready black (1d) mint letter sheet Forme 3 ref: A57, superb mint with the usual folding crease but does not detract; Mulready black (1d) Envelope Forme 2ref: A147, superb mint with the usual folding crease and very slight foxing on flap, does not detract; Mulready blue (2d) letter sheet ref: a98, good mint example with signs of foxing and marks on reverse which do not detract; and Mulready blue (2d) Envelope ref: a209, mint with foxing and repairs inside envelope, a couple of thins noted but does not detract.
LOT 262 Est. Â£100-150
Singapore: 1969 miniature sheet commemorating 150th anniversary of Founding of Singapore, SGMS127, fine used cancelled PHILATELIC BUREAU/-2 SEP 69/SINGAPORE.
LOT 263 Est. Â£350-550
Netherlands Colonies: two pages of essays priced to sell at Â£1,150, fine and unusual. (Euro-yu stamps: proprietor now trading in Queensland).