1897 (MR 23) registered OHMS cover (with arms of Tobago embossed on flap) to Prague, franked by 1885-96 4d grey horizontal pair tied by centrally struck Tobago cds, with oval 'R' handstamp at lower left. The stamps additionally tied by London registered oval transit ds (14 AP) with Prague arrival cds (16/4/97) on reverse. Very scarce and attractive.
1851-56 'Britannia' (1d) purple-brown on blued, complete sheet of 110 (10x11) with full margins, o.g. Traces of gum yellowing, but overall very fine condition, with most stamps unmounted. An impressive and scarce survivor. (cat £2310+)
1852-60 (1d) pale blue, lithographed provisional, second issue (March 1855), good to large margins, tied to piece by indistinct numeral cancel, with CALAIS transit cds (8 JUIN 55) and red boxed 'COLONIES/8c ART 13.' alongside. The stamp crossed by filing crease at right, still an attractive and rare item. (cat £1000+)
1852-60 (1d) bright blue, 3rd litho issue, close to good margins, exceptionally lightly cancelled by small part numeral which leaves 'Britannia' clear. Lovely colour and rare so fine. BPA cert (1995). (cat £1000)
1852-60 (1d) bright blue, 3rd litho issue, three large to very large margins (showing trace of adjoining stamp at foot) but close at right, neatly cancelled by part '1' numeral which leaves 'Britannia' virtually clear. Lovely fresh colour and rare so fine. BPA cert (2014). (cat £1000)
1860 (Mar) (1d) red, fifth litho issue, complete sheet of 54 (9x6), o.g. (typical gum yellowing and creasing, but most stamps unmounted). A few unobtrusive peripheral defects, still attractive and very scarce as a full sheet. (cat £864+)
1861 set of four values with Perkins Bacon 'CANCELLED' obliterator, presented to Ormond Hill (originally in blocks of six (3x2), comprising 1859 imperf 4d grey-lilac (pos. 1, ex Latto and Hurlock), 1859 imperf 6d deep green, RECONSTRUCTED HORIZONTAL STRIP OF 3 (POS 4, 5, 6, the first ex Latto and Hurlock), 1861 rough perf (1d) rose-red RECONSTRUCTED VERTICAL PAIR (pos. 1/4, the second ex Latto and Hurlock), and 1861 rough perf 1s deep bluish purple (pos. 2 ex Dale- Lichtenstein and Charlton Henry). The (1d) pair with slight faults, the lower stamp having natural paper creasing and small abrasions, otherwise very fine. A phenomenal assembly, being seven of the 18 examples surviving in private hands (plus a set in the Royal Collection) and including the only strip of 3 that has ever been reconstructed, of ANY of the 75 stamps recorded with this special handstamp. Fully documented in the book by P. Jaffe, and an unparalleled opportunity. (cat £63,000+)
1861 (June) 1s deep bluish purple, rough perf 14-16½ (trimmed at left) with very fine part strike of the Perkins Bacon 'CANCELLED' handstamp. Position 6 from the original block of 6 (3x2), from which one is in the Royal Collection. A little thinned at top, but most attractive and desirable. (cat £9000).
1863-80 (1d) lake, wmk CC, perf 12½, block of 6 (3 x 2) with reduced sheet margin at foot, showing watermark sideways (to left from back), o.g. with brilliant colour (lower row with only traces of hingeing). Some trimmed perfs but a rare and attractive multiple. Ex Lord Steinberg (Sotheby 8/9/2011, lot 1591). (cat £720+)
1896-1906 ½d dull purple and green, complete folded right pane of 60 (6x10), lacking left margin but showing plate number ‘1‘ in top and bottom margins (the latter folded back), brilliant o.g. (stamps unmounted). A lovely item for study. The duty plate shows distorted ‘EN‘ at R1/1, and bevelled ‘P‘ at R7/2, varieties previously present on the 1883-94 issue and continuing on subsequent issues (cat £195+).
1896-1906 set of 10 to £1, opt 'SPECIMEN', horizontal strips of 4, brilliant unmounted o.g. 2½d, 5s and 10s with minor gum creasing, still very fine appearance. Rare and spectacular in this form. Ex Marriott (Spink 19/9/2001, lot 560).
1898 2d 'Columbus', group of six imperforate colour trials on unwmkd wove, respectively in issued colour, brown monocolour, grey and grey-black, chestnut and red-brown, indigo and blue-green, and pale brown and brown. Usual slight faults (thins at top, some small tears), still most attractive and rare.
1901-06 1d (type II), group of three imperforate colour trials on white unwmkd wove, each with keyplate in black and values respectively in black, green and blue, part o.g. The second and third with small corner thins but most attractive and rare.
1901-06 1d imperforate colour trial in black and red on buff, 'wmk CA' (but showing only 'W' of marginal letters wmk), large part o.g. Trivial blemishes (thin speck and tone speck on reverse) barely detract. Produced in connexion with the 1901-03 new colours, from 'Appendix B' of Feb 26th 1900.
1905 (Feb-March) correspondence ex De La Rue archives, concerning experiments undertaken by official scientists in Trinidad and London to ascertain the possibility of removing cancellations from used stamps, using various reagents. The results were used by De La Rue to justify (and refine) their use of doubly fugitive inks in stamp printing. The hightlight is a sheet of paper (170x265mm) with extensive M/S and typewritten endorsements, to which have been affixed NINE examples of a specially pepared ½d black/red colour trial, wmk MCA, as 1904-09 issue, but LINE perf 13¾. Each with diagonal M/S endorsement (14/3/05/Cancelled) and all but one with 'ALEXANDRIA 31/12/77' experimental cds, as previously supplied to the British P.O. at Alexandria, Egypt (!), with notes as to the chemical treatments to which they were subjected. This document is headed 'GOVERNMENT LABORATORY, TRINIDAD, 3 Feby. 1905', but the M/S date on the stamps, and a red M/S note at lower left 'The stamps on the original were 1d stamps' suggests that this is a duplicate of the original tests, as an accompanying letter to DLR from Hugo Muller, dated 16/3/05, appears to confirm. A unique and fascinating assembly. We are not aware of the existance of any other examples of these ½d trials, and we have seen nothing similar relating to any British colony.
1905 (?) piece ex De La Rue archives, to which have been affixed (by side margins only) lower marginal horizontal strips of 6 of 1904-09 ½d grey-green and 1d black/red, both chalk-surfaced paper, wmk MCA, PRINTED FROM A SPECIAL TRIAL PLATE OF 12 (6X2), LINE PERF 13¾. The trial status is demonstrated by the LINE perforation, the side margins (of equal width on BOTH sides) and the jubilee lines, which differ from those of the normal stamp printing plate. In the case of the 1d piece the surviving left margin shows that the jubilee line did not extend beyond the row above, proving the 6x2 format, with these strips being the lower rows. These trials appear to have been prepared for use in ink and cancellation trials undertaken in Feb-March 1905. No other examples appear to have been recorded, and these strips are undoubtedly unique. An extraordinary item.
1904-09 1d rose-red, wmk MCA, new die, lower half sheet of 120 comprising left and right panes of 6 x 10, with interpane margin at top, fresh o.g. (mostly unmounted). Some minor creasing but a most unusual item.
Postage Due. 1885 ½d slate-black, folded complete sheet of 60 (6x10) with plate number '1' at the four corners, unmounted o.g. Toned and perf separation where folded (reinforced in margin) still a spectacular and rare survivor. (cat £1140)