1942-46 ½a olive-green, block of 12 (6x2) being the bottom two rows of a sheet with full margins showing imprint and plate number '1', very fine unmounted o.g. A handsome positional multiple of this difficult shade. (cat £360+)
1862 (Aug) 6d blue-green, no wmk, compound perf 11-12½ x 14-16, fresh part o.g. A very fine example of this rarity, with lovely colour. Ex Toeg (CRL 12/12/90, lot 2049), with RPS cert (1972), and illustrated on p.xiv of RL Encyclopaedia vol VI.
1862 (Aug) 6d blue-green, no wmk, perf 14 to 16 (at left and foot) compound with 11 to 12½ (at top and right), fresh large part o.g. A very fine example of this rarity, with lovely colour. Ex 'Dallas', with Friedl cert (1976) for a pair, of which this is the left stamp.
1882 2½d red-brown, wmk CA, from R1/1 of a pane, showing duty plate severely misplaced to right, and freak misperforation, the first strike of the comb having been placed too high, large part o.g. The stamp is 26mm high instead of the normal 24½mm, and partially imperforate at the bottom of the vertical sides. Trivial soiling and creasing but a spectacular and most remarkable stamp, representing a very rare lapse from grace by De La Rue, who prided themselves on the highest standards of production and quality control. Ex Toeg (CRL 12/12/90, lot 2016)
1884-87 2½d ultramarine, block of 36 (6x6) being the bottom six rows of the right pane with full margins, showing plate number ‘2‘, with variety ‘large 2 in 2½ with slanting foot‘ at R7/1, brilliant o.g. (mounted on seven normals only, variety unmounted). A lovely positional piece. Ex Swetland, on original page.
1884-87 2½d ultramarine, headplate '2', complete left and right panes in contrasting shades, brilliant o.g. (most stamps unmounted). The left pane in a pale shade, from an early printing (perforated through bottom margin), showing variety 'large 2 in 2½ with slanting foot' at R7/1 only. The right pane in a deep shade, from a later printing (perforated through top margin), showing variety 'large 2 in 2½ with slanting foot' at both R3/1 and R7/1, and also showing the 'damaged second A' at R1/6 and the 'Top left triangle detached' at R3/3. Minor separation but lovely condition. Rare and fascinating items, both ex Surtees and Toeg. (cat £1667+)
1903-07 wmk CC 6d purple and drab, variety wmk inverted, lightly cancelled with cds dated 'NO 29 04'. Slight corner thinning, still fine appearance. Not previously handled by ourselves, unpriced used in Part 1 2012.
1921-29 wmk MCA set of 7 to £1, opt 'SPECIMEN', brilliant unmounted o.g. The 4d with one short perf, still an exceptional set, with the 3d, 1s, 2s and 2s6d matching from upper left corner of right pane.
1921-29 Script wmk 1d bright scarlet, 1½d pale red-brown, 1s black/emerald, the three final values added to the set in 1929, in matching horizontal pairs with interpane margin at right, perf 'SPECIMEN' (type D19), brilliant o.g. (left stamps unmounted). An extremely scarce trio of multiples in superb condition.
1933 (JY 24) 'Panton' cover from Barbuda to Georgetown, Cayman Is, underfranked by 1932 ½d Tercentenary tied by fine Barbuda cds with another strike alongside. Taxed on arrival with 'T in circle', the deficiency paid by Cayman Is 1932 Centenary ½d green and 1½d red-orange, each tied by 'SE 2 1933' Georgetown cds. St John's Antigua transit cds and further Georgetown cds on reverse. A few peripheral cover tones (not affecting stamps), still an attractive cover.
1935 Silver Jubilee 2½d brown and deep blue, variety 'Dot to left of chapel' from vignette plate '2B', R8/3, brilliant large part o.g. One shortish perf and slight gum disturbance from hinge removal barely detract. Total printing only 1152 sheets, from two vignette plates. (cat £200).
1935 Silver Jubilee 1s slate and purple, variety 'Dot by flagstaff' from vignette plate '4', R8/4, brilliant large part o.g. Slight gum disturbance from hinge removal barely detracts. Very scarce. Total printing only 885 sheets, from four vignette plates. (cat £350).
1938-51 1s black and red-brown, FRAME PRINTED DOUBLE, ONE ALBINO, brilliant o.g. The albino impression is 2mm above and 4mm to left of the printed frame, and readily visible in the top margin. A major KGVI rarity, of which only a few examples are recorded.
1949 RSW 3d and 5s, matching lower right corner blocks of 8 (4x2), respectively showing plate number '1' (3d), and imprint and '1a' (5s), unmounted o.g. Scarce and attractive in this ideal positional form.
1970-75 set of 17 to $5, wmk w12 sideways, matching lower left corner blocks of 4 with '1B' (½c, 1c, 20c, 50c, 75c $5), '1B1B1B1B2B1B' (15c), '1C' (4c, 6c, $1, $2.50) or '1D' plate numbers, additionally including 2c on whiter paper (20.10.75 ptg) with '1C' plate numbers, unmounted o.g.