U.S. & Worldwide Stamps & Postal History
October 12-13, 2021

Our October 12-13, 2021 Sale of Rare Stamps and Postal History of the World will take place at our Galleries and over the internet via CherrystoneLIVE. This 1,458 lot sale begins with United States, with 19th and 20th Century single rarities, graded items, proofs, essays and back of book material. The Foreign section focus is on Asia, with an outstanding collection of Large Dragons of Shanghai, used and unused individual rarities and a powerful balance lot. There is Japan with Offices in Korea, followed by stamps and Postal History of Imperial Korea, Mongolia, as well as Russian Offices in China, with Chinese Eastern Railway Stations. European countries include Austria, with local issues, France & Colonies, German Colonies, Italian States & Colonies, Poland, Russia, Great Britain & British Commonwealth, an important collection of Persia and select rarities from the rest of the world. The sale concludes with Large Lots and Collections, with hundreds of albums comprising a collection formed by Solomon Goldberg and sold on behalf of the UJA of New York. Additional lots range from single country albums to specialized collections, multi-carton worldwide groups and cover lots. Scans of the large lots are continuously being added.

ImagesDescriptionCurrent Bid
Lot #669
1855-63 1p rose, with oval Perkins, Bacon "Cancelled" handstamp, unused without gum, margins all around, v.f. example of this scarce stamp, with 2020 Royal certificate. According to Stanley Gibbons, this handstamp was applied on six examples of issues available in 1861 which were then given to members of Sir Rowland Hill's family. Only a handful of these scarce items are known to be in private hands and the catalog value reflects their scarcity. (The "CANCELED" handstamps were applied to just 450 of Perkins Bacon's classic stamps, making these elusive issues favorites among advanced collectors of British Commonwealth. As printers of the world's first stamps, Perkins Bacon produced the iconic 1d Black in 1840, as well the Cape of Good Hope triangles; the Chalon Heads for Bahamas, Grenada, Natal, New Zealand & Queensland; the Britannia stamps of Barbados, Mauritius & Trinidad among many others. However the very production of these "souvenirs" was to lose Perkins Bacon their government contract to produce Postage Stamps and their demise was in large part due to these few "Canceled" stamps. On 18 April 1861, Ormond Hill, nephew of the great Roland Hill, wrote to the head of Perkins Bacon and Co. requesting a few stamps for his friends, appropriately cancelled to render them worthless for postage. Within a few days, displaying a lack of good judgement, Joshua Bacon agreed to supply six examples of every stamp they had in stock and blocks of six were prepared and handstamped "CANCELLED" within an oval of bars, twice. The stamps, with or without the "cancelled" obliteration, were not Perkins Bacon's property to give (no matter how well connected the recipient) and once out in the public domain the resulting political storm eventually ended the existence of a great printing company. The story is beautifully told in Peter Jaffe's book "Cancelled By Perkins Bacon", published by Spink & Son Ltd) SG
Catalog #3var
Catalog Value £20,000
Price Realized

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