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).
1869 5s maroon, perf 12½, with local 'SPECIMEN' handstamp (type TRI 1), large part o.g. Some imperfections (tone spot on reverse, slight creasing) but good appearance and rare. From a presentation set prepared c. 1884.
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.
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.
1904-09 6d dull purple and black, wmk MCA, complete left pane of 60 with plate number ‘3‘ above pos. 2, fresh o.g. (mostly unmounted). Odd small marginal faults, otherwise very fine. An attractive and rare item. (cat £900+)
1884 presentation set of current regular issue of postal stationery, 11 items, comprising postcards (4), reply postcards (3), registered envelopes (2) and wrappers (2), each with local 'SPECIMEN' h/s (Samuel type TRI 1), neatly mounted on four pages. A rare set, in unusually fine condition. Ex Marriott.