Rare Stamps & Postal History of the World
November 7-8, 2023
Our November 7-8, 2023 Sale of Rare Stamps and Postal History of the World will take place at our Teaneck, N.J. Galleries and over the internet via CherrystoneLIVE and StampAuctionNetwork (SAN). The 1,211 lots sale begins with United States and U.S. Possessions. Worldwide sections include a solid collection of Germany and German Colonies, with many individual rarities. British Commonwealth features British Guiana "Cotton Reels" with an unused 12c black, making its first appearance on the market since the 1935 Hind sale; G.R.I. errors and varieties, strong Bushire, specialized Malaysian States and much more. There are strong selections from various European Countries and rest of the world, with additional items from the Carl A. Kilgas and Martin Stempien estates. The auction concludes with 250 Large Lots and Collections, ranging from single country albums, specialized collections, multi-carton worldwide groups and large cover lots offered intact. Kindly note that we will continue adding images for some lots. If scans for the lot you are interested are unavailable, please check again in a few days.
BRITISH COMMONWEALTH BRITISH GUIANA
1850 12c black, blue, cut round, unused, postmaster's signature lightened, with 1935 and 2023 Royal certificates, the latter stating: "unused, reduced signature above "12 Cents", genuine, ex-Hind Collection - Harmer Rooke Sale 30 October, 1935" (E.T.E. Dalton, deputy Postmaster of Demerara was responsible for issuing the official notice announcing the issue. However, when he saw the stamps prior to their issue, he was very aware of their lack of sophistication and felt that some additional form of security was necessary ("As they could be imitated in any printing office, I was obliged to counter-sign them. They were of the most ordinary workmanship") The decision was taken that each stamp should be initialed by a postal official as an additional protection against forgery. The stamps were produced with the values in italics in the center and "British Guiana" around the edge inside a circle, made from printer's brass rules bent to shape. The stamps were printed in black on colored paper to facilitate easy recognition of the values (2c on rose, 4c on orange, 8c on green and 12c on blue). One of only four unused "Cotton Reels" recorded, one of the three 12c values, this one making its first appearance since the Harmer Rooke auction of 1935. Certainly among the greatest unused rarities of British Empire philately (SG 5, unpriced unused)
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