1918-22 Keyplate set of 6 to £1, opt 'SPECIMEN', brilliant unmounted o.g. and rare thus. Couple of slightly shortish perfs mentioned for accuracy, nevertheless a wonderful set with exceptionally fresh colours.
1921-27 Script wmk set of 11 to 96c, opt 'SPECIMEN', the 1c and 12c with interpane margin, brilliant large part o.g. to o.g. Odd minor gum bends, and the 1c with a couple of short perfs, still a very fine set with lovely fresh colours. (cat £190).
Official. 1869 'SERVICE' set to 2s, prepared for use but not issued, a remarkable group of nine stamps with type D5 'SPECIMEN' H/S comprising 6d, 1s and 2s with horizontal opt in black (applied below 'SERVICE'), and six values (exclg 6d) with VERTICAL OPT IN BLUE (at left). The first trio without gum, the others fresh part o.g. Magnificent and surely unique, with no instance of the D5 opt recorded on this set by Samuel.
1912-21 50r dull rose-red and dull greyish green, wmk MCA, opt 'SPECIMEN', exceptionally from upper left corner with plate number '1', fresh o.g. (hinged in margin only). One short perf but rare and spectacular in this positional form, with less than seven sheets overprinted.
1888-92 25c to $2, types 15 to 18, each a die proof from the original engraved dies, in pale blue on separate pieces (34-52x65-75mm) of handmade wove with partial die-sinking. The 25c with minor creasing in left margin, otherwise superb. A beautiful series of great rarity. (N.B. The 50c and $1 were once se-tenant).
Postal Fiscal. 1882-86 6d pearl-grey (horizontal pair) and 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s in vertical pairs (the 2s upper left corner marginal with plate dots, the 10s upper marginal), brilliant unmounted o.g. with lovely fresh colours. Odd trivial wrinkles (and one 5s with a couple of shortish perfs) but an exceptional group of three attractive and seldom-seen stamps. Remarkably the 6d pair shows the value printed double, one albino (the two impressions close together but unmistakeable).
1840 (April) Postal Notice. Very fine example of this rare notice from E.S. Lees of the Edinburgh General Post Office announcing the introduction of the world's first Postage Stamp. The notice bears a four margin vertical pair of 1d black from Pl.1a lettered MH-NH, light horizontal crease to lower adhesive and the usual folds and minor soiling to the postal notice nevertheless a major philatelic and important world rarity. Only a handful of examples from the Edinburgh Office and two examples from the London Office are believed to have survived in private hands. This example is illustrated on page 45 of "The Dublin Find" by Don Madden & Karl Louis.
1840 1d Grey black Pl.1b. Superb used large four margin top marginal example lettered AE (Doubled "E" check letter) showing part sheet inscription, neatly cancelled by a crisp black MC. An exceptional example.
1840 1d Black Pl.2. Superb used large to enormous four margin corner example lettered TA showing part sheet margin at left and at foot, neatly cancelled by a red MC leaving a clear profile. An exceptional example. Spec. AS15.
1840 1d Black Pl.2. Superb used enormous four margin example lettered TJ showing part sheet margin at foot, neatly cancelled by a crisp red MC leaving a clear profile. An exceptional example. Spec. AS20.
1918 2s6d Reddish brown. Very fine unmounted o.g. top marginal horizontal pair, printed by Bradbury Wilkinson from Plate 2/4R (State 1) the right hand stamp (R.1/3) showing major re-entry. Scarce. Spec. N65(4)o.
1934 1½d "Photogravure" Essays by Harrison & Sons. The complete set of essays in vertical pairs printed on gummed "Harrison" script watermarked paper, mounted on thin white card. Composed of examples with the "Profile", "Lafayette", "Vandyk", "Downey" & "Bas-relief" portraits in red, brown and green on coated and/or uncoated paper, perforated or imperforate as per the complete specialised listing in the volume 2 catalogue. A stunning exhibition set, these being the centre pairs from the original blocks of six.
1988 19p Christmas. Very fine unmounted o.g. bottom right hand corner marginal traffic light block of twelve containing three imperforate pairs at right a partially perforated column and a fully perforated column at left, showing part sheet number "5516?". A very attractive and scarce positional piece, Pierron records only 30 mint pairs. 2013 BPA Cert.
1914 2d Postage due colour trials. Very fine unused o.g. set of nineteen printed in carmine, claret, magenta, scarlet, red-brown, bartolozzi brown, fawn, umber, bronze green, blue green, faience green, agate (as issued), mauve, violet, azure blue, royal blue, orange, blue and russian green. An extremely attractive and difficult set to assemble.
1840 1d Deep red brown "Rainbow trial". Superb four margin bottom right hand corner marginal example with large part o.g. beautifully cancelled by a superb strike of the "long spiked" maltese cross trial cancellation associated with trials from 11 Downing Street by Rowland Hill and his clerk John Ledingham, demonstrating the ongoing tests being carried out by Rowland Hill regarding the possibility of the cleaning and illegal re-use of adhesive stamps. Exceptionally rare in this quality. Spec. DP20F.
1871 1d Ormond Hill Die Proof. Very fine example printed in black on thin white hard yellowish wove paper with "New" & "3" reversed above and below the design respectively. Slightly reduced at upper right and with a light diagonal crease at lower right, both well clear of central design. A lovely example of this spectacular and very rare proof. Spec. DP29b. Cat. £42,000.