1884 (23 FEB) India ½a green P/S cover used from Mahe (French settlement) to Calicut, with fine MAHE cds and arrival backstamp of following day. Minor marks, and the stamp impression a little discoloured, still neat and scarce.
1855 (16 MAY) native entire letter to Jaulnah, bilingual address, franked by 1854 ½a blue, die II, pos. C83, good margins except a little close at top, tied by diamond of dots, with red despatch ds (date clear, but office name indistinct) at left. Fine boxed arrival backstamp in red. Trivial marks but fine and neat. Scarce thus. Ex Dawson and Col. A. E. Stewart.
1855 (Apri) large part native cover (reduced at right), franked by 1854 ½a indigo, die II, pos. C15, good margins and colour but a little toned, tied by diamond of dots. Indistinct boxed despatch and arrival ds both in red, on reverse. Some cover faults, still good appearance, with a sound stamp. Ex Dawson and Col. A. E. Stewart.
1854-55 ½a blue, die III ('D' stone), block of 4 (pos. 21-22/29-30), with good to large margins, UNUSED. Odd minor paper specks mentioned for accuracy, still a fine and very rare multiple of excellent colour and appearance. Ex Atal (Spink 15/10/98, lot 67), with clear BPA cert (2013).
1857 (Sep) cover to 'Mrs George Hamilton, Fort Saint George, Madras', endorsed 'Paid by Dawk' and franked by 1854-55 1a red, die III, large to very large margins except a little close at foot, tied by light diamond of dots. Madras delivery marks in red on reverse. The stamp with minor gum stains but bright colour. A neat and very scarce single franking with the 1a die III.
1854-55 4a blue and red, second printing (head die II, frame die I), horizontal pair from pos. 9-10 on the sheet (wmk reversed) in an unusual shade combination with pale frame but head towards indigo, neatly cancelled by individual '1' numerals of Bombay, and additionally showing part red boxed 'Paid' ds at top and part red (? French entry) cds at lower left. Faint bend and small marginal scissor cut at SW corner, but a very handsome pair wih good to very large margins, exceptionally showing additional wavy line at right and parts of two rosettes at top. Now much sought after, the right stamp very fine. Ex Atal (CRL 8/3/94, lot 85). (cat £3000)
1854-55 4a deep blue and (deep) red, 4th printing, horizontal pair from pos. 11-12 on sheet with good to large margins except close at right, neatly cancelled by fine 'B-1' octagons of Calcutta. Right stamp with slight stains on reverse, still fine and attractive appearance with fresh colours. (cat £2000)
1854-55 4a deep blue and red, 4th printing, pos. 19 on sheet, close to good margins, very lightly cancelled by diamond of dots which barely obtrudes on the design. Fractionally toned, still a very attractive stamp of fine colour. (cat £550)
1854-55 4a deep blue (towards indigo) and red, 4th printing, horizontal pair from pos. 23-24 on sheet (wmk reversed) with clear margins and exceptional colour, crisply cancelled by diamonds of fine dots and part (European) rate mark at left. A little small, still a very attractive pair, with the heads misplaced upwards. (cat £2000)
1854-55 4a blue and red, 4th printing (head die III, frame die II), cut-to-shape but with clear margins except touched at one corner, used on small piece with superb central type 4 '57' numeral of Ahmednuggar. The frame shows prominent flaws.
1856 (12 JUN) cover from Calcutta to Bombay, franked by 1854 2a (yellow-) green, cleat to large margins, tied by crisp large part 'B-1' octagon, with despatch and arrival (JU 22) backstamps. Trivial marks and wrinkles but particularly neat and fresh. A fine single franking, far above average.
1854 2a green, horziontal pair from left of sheet with large to very large margins on other sides, unused with fresh colour. Faint bend and minor traces of toning/waterstain at top, still an attractive multiple. The left stamp shows external framelines on three sides. (cat £450+)
1865 4a green, wmk Elephant's head, unused with fresh colour and small part o.g. Typical perfs and centring, with suspicion of a tiny thinning on wmk, still much above average for this key stamp. (cat £800)
1865 8a carmine, Die I, wmk elephant's head, block of 8 (4x2), used with blue 'B-1' octagons of Calcutta and blue 'Stamped' handstamps. Some faults as to be expected, but the lower right horziontal strip of 3 fine. Still an attractive and very rare multiple, with fresh colour. (cat £720+)
1866 (28 June) 6a purple, type 15 'POSTAGE' opt on Foreign Bill fiscal, used with bold 'B-1' octagon of Calcutta in blue, and unobtrusive M/S. Slight creasing at upper right, but a good example with partial green dividing line at top. [Hausburg type 9]. (cat £150).
1911-22 1r red-brown and deep blue-green, wmk single star, complete pane of 12 (4x3) from lower right corner of the sheet with partial interpane margins, showing on gummed side a complete 'double offset' of both vignette and frame in their respective colours, and also a partial offset of the vignette in GREEN, fine o.g. (odd minor wrinkles and marginal separations, but the stamps unmounted). A spectacular and extraordinary item, of great technical interest, exhibiting a phenomenon only compatible with rotary printing plates. A very rare occurrence in stamps printed by De La Rue.
1921 (10 June) 9p on 1a rose-carmine, vertical pair, the lower stamp error 'PIES PIES', brilliant o.g. (error unmounted). Slight gum bends but very fine appearance, with 'TURPIN' H/S on reverse, and annotation '1923 40/-' on hinge attached to upper stamp. Desirable as a provenanced example. (cat £110+)
1926-33 2a purple (type 70), interpane block of 8 (4x2) comprising four vertical tete-beche pairs, fresh unmounted o.g. One row of horizontal perfs folded (causing minor separation), still an attractive block. From an uncut booklet sheet.
1973 1r Copernicus, group of four imperforate proof horizontal pairs (all right marginal), comprising frames only in blue and violet, and vignettes only in brown and orange-brown, unmounted o.g. An interesting quartet.
1887-95 2a 6p green, neatly cancelled by large part '(CHU)MBA - STATE/C' hooded barred obliterator. Tiny surface abrasion and minor corner crease, still fine appearance. Only 1920 issued and very scarce genuinely used. (cat £140)