1878 (Dec) original plate proof in black on thin surfaced card, block of 8 (4x2) being a complete sheet less the left-hand pair, with margins on three sides. Some pressed vertical creases and trivial marks, not affecting lovely appearance. A very rare and important item, from the first engraved plate produced by De La Rue. Ex Danson.
1878 (16 Oct) engraved essay die-proof for the 12c value, in horizontal format with vignette depicting sago palms, in ultramarine on card (80x80mm) with complete die-sinking. The original essay devised by De La Rue, based on a sketch drawn by F.W. Burbridge, a botanist who was studying the flora of Labuan. The sago palms idea survived for just 24 hours (!), but the design subsequently adopted for the Queen's head issues of Labuan (in vertical format) nevertheless retained the original frame, ornaments and inscriptions seen here. How different the philatelic history of Labuan might have been ! Some faults (thinned on reverse, causing slight wrinkling, and gum stain above the impression) of little consequence, but a unique and highly important item, ex De La Rue archives (RL 15/9/76, lot 779), illustrated on pl. 24 of Easton's 'De La Rue History', and not seen on the market for 35 years.
1878 (3 DEC) 12c, the unique original PLATE PROOF IMPERFORATE SHEET OF 10 (5x2) in black on thin surfaced card, with handstamped date '3 DEC 78' at upper right. Shows the pantograph variey 'No right foot to second Chinese character' at R2/3. Small faults (pressed creases, peripheral thin and slight rubbing affecting R2/1) but a wonderful item of the highest importance. Ex Col. Danson (RL 30/6/71, lot 2068) and not on the market for 40 years.
1879 16c blue, wmk CA over crown, sideways (to right from back, and reversed), complete sheet of 10 (5x2), fresh o.g. (seven stamps unmounted). Margins a little reduced, still a rare and most attractive item. Only 352 sheets printed.
1879 16c blue, wmk CA over crown sideways (to right from back), block of 4 being the two left columns of a sheet with full margins, brilliant unmounted o.g. (hinged in margins). A lovely multiple, scarce in this form and condition, with only 352 sheets printed.
1880-82 2c yellow-green, wmk CC, complete sheet of 10 (5x2) without margins, unmounted o.g. Pos. 3 with a pulled perf, and top row with insignificant perf tones on gum, still lovely fresh appearance. A rarity as a sheet, with only two recorded by Price (quoting Marriott).
1880-82 6c orange-brown, wmk CC, block of 4 from left of sheet (pos 1-2/6-7) with full margins, large part o.g. (lower pair with only traces of hingeing). Typical minor gum wrinkles but a rare and beautiful multiple, with lovely fresh colour.
1880 (Aug) '6' on 16c blue, red surcharge, used with crisp red dotted cancel. Insignificant traces of perf toning mentioned for accuracy, still very fine for this rare provisional. A most attractive stamp.
1880 (Aug) '8' on 12c carmine, type 3 surcharge with upright and sideways numerals (the upright being INVERTED), variety 'No right foot to second Chinese character' from R2/3 on sheet, used with neat M/S cancel. One short perf but fresh and fine. A rarity. RPS cert No. 43,315 (not present). (cat £2000)
1881 (Mar) 'EIGHT/CENTS' on 12c carmine, wmk CC (reversed), type 4 handstamped surcharge, vertical pair from right of sheet (pos. 5/10) with full margins at right and foot, brilliant large part o.g. (lower stamp unmounted !). Upper stamp with trivial bend but a rare and beautiful piece, wonderfully fresh.
1885 (June) '2 CENTS' on 8c carmine, type 7 surcharge, pos. 6 on the sheet, variety wmk CA NORMAL (not reversed), part o.g. Gum crease and slight toning on reverse but fine fresh appearance. Extremely scarce. Listed for the first time in Part I 2008.
1885 (July) '2 Cents' on 16c blue, type 8 surcharge, wmk CA, complete sheet of 10 (5x2) showing the setting, without margins, o.g. with brilliant colour (six stamps unmounted). A very rare and desirable item, in remarkably fine condition. Ex Cassels, Lahner (Spink 12/3/97, lot 334) and Danson.
1885 (July) 2c on 16c blue, type 8 surcharge, variety '2' inserted by a separate handstamp to correct the first indistinct impression of the numeral, fine unused. Very rare. BPA Cert (2002). (cat £1400)
1883 (28 Aug) 2c colour trial in deep violet, wmk CA (reversed), perf 12, with some o.g. Prepared for the 'universal colour scheme', in the colour subsequently adopted for the 1885 8c value. Minor perf toning but extremely rare. BPA cert (2003).
1883 (28 Aug) group of three 2c colour trials, each wmk CA (reversed), perf 12, from the 'Universal Colour Scale', respectively in carmine (pos. 7), sepia (pos. 3) and grey (pos. 8), being the colours subsequently adopted for the 2c, 10c and 16c of the 1885-86 issue (SG 30, 32/3). The first (RPS cert No. 20903, not present) and last with some clipped perfs, nevertheless a most attractive and important trio, of great rarity.
1891-92 6c on 8c mauve, type 10 surcharge with 1mm space, pos. 3 on the sheet, variety IMPERFORATE BETWEEN STAMP AND TOP MARGIN, part o.g. Crease in margin and slight toning on reverse but spectacular and very rare. Probably only one row of 5 existed.
1891-92 6c on 40c amber, type 10 surcharge with 2mm space, HORIZONTAL PAIR (pos. 6-7 on sheet), tied to piece in combination with North Borneo 1891-92 6c on 8c yellow-green (SG 55) by ovals of bars, with part red London oval registered ds below, just tying the right-hand stamp. Trace of a registration line just affecting the left stamp but a unique and desirable item, being the only recorded multiple of this very rare stamp. Ex Bickly (Spink 14/7/2001, lot 126) and Caspary (Harmer NY, Feb 1958, lot 624), with pencil note on reverse 'Peckitt 4/2/09'. BPA cert (2012). (cat £10,000+)
1892 (Dec) 2c on 40c ochre, type 11 surcharge, block of 8 (4x2) with margins on three sides, being a complete sheet less the right hand pair (pos. 5/10), brilliant part o.g. (Upper row with backing adhesion, but three stamps unmounted). Exceptional colour and a very rare multiple. Only 1300 (= 130 sheets) printed.
1892 (Dec) 2c on 40c ochre, type 11 surcharge, pos. 8 on sheet, ERROR INVERTED SURCHARGE (pos. 3 of setting), very fine large part o.g. Only 1300 issued of basic stamp. RPS cert No. 18,739 (not present).
1894 6c bright green, litho printing, conmplete IMPERFORATE proof pane of 10 (5x2), showing variety 'No dot at upper left' on R2/4, on ungummed wove. Crease in upper margin, and light diagonal crease affecting five stamps, still most attractive and rare. Ex George Bloch (CRL 5/96).
1894 (Apr) 8c bright mauve, litho printing, imperforate proof pane of 30 (6x5), with central guide crosses in top and bottom margins. Minor creasing, and light stains at right affecting four units. but a spectacular and very rare item, ex Cassels. (N.B. The printer's sheet comprised six such panes. A similar pane realised £1380 in 1997 - Spink 12/3/97, lot 356, ex Lahner).
1894-96 5c green 'Pheasant', perf 14½ -15, complete sheet of 100 (10x10), unmounted o.g. Minor tone affecting about ten stamps and trivial marginal separation, otherwise very fine and fresh. A remarkable survival. (cat £3200+).
1895 (June) surcharges set of 5 to 40c on $1, opt 'SPECIMEN' (type NB3), in horizontal strips of 4, brilliant unmounted o.g. Odd short perfs and wrinkles mentioned for accuracy, but rare multiples and wonderfully fresh.
1896 Jubilee 1c black and grey-mauve, type 16 opt, perf 14½-15, horizontal strip of 3, the centre stamp error 'JEBILEE' (R8/7), c.t.o. with neat part ovals of bars. Left stamp with thin, still a very fine piece, very scarce and desirable in this se-tenant form. RPS cert No. 19,126 (not present).
1896 Jubilee 1c black and grey-mauve, type 16 opt, compound perf 13½-14 x 12-13, ERROR OPT DOUBLE, fine part o.g. Not previously seen by us, and to be listed separately in Part I 2012. Rare. RPS cert No. 18,854 (not present).
1896 'JUBILEE' 1c to 6c (five values, exclg 8c), opt 'SPECIMEN' (type NB4), in horizontal strips of 4, brilliant large part o.g. (couple of insignificant blemishes). Rare and most attractive multiples.
1896 Jubilee 6c black and brown-lake, opt 'SPECIMEN' (type NB4) for UPU distribution, horizontal strip of 3, the centre stamp error 'JEBILEE' (R8/7), o.g. (the error superb and unmounted). This error appears to be unknown without 'SPECIMEN', and a maximum of seven could have existed as here. Probably unique in this form and condition. A very desirable and remarkable item.