INDIA 1882 SG84/101 Specimen Ten values, Samuel type 18

Stock Code: P223005117

1882-90 ½a to 1r, ten values (exclg 4a6p), with the very rare Samuel type 18 sans-serif "SPECIMEN" handstamp (17.25x2mm), part to (mostly) large part o.g., with very fresh colours. The only known group of this opt, the basis of the Samuel listings in 1950 and 1978, and in the past 20 years+ we have only offered a single 12a with this H/S. Samuel suspected it was a DLR opt, and its identical composition (lacking the 4a6p) tends to confirm that it is contemporary with the blocks of six with type 19 "CANCELLED" opt present in the DLR archives and dated April/June 1887. [See "The De La Rue Collection", p. 4108]. Odd minor imperfections (3a crease, 8a small closed tear) cannot detract from a wonderful and unrepeatable "set". [The absence of the 4a6p value from both the type 18 and type 19 sets is explained by continuing uncertainty at this time about the colour of that value, which also affected the 12a value, still then in preparation. The existence of only a further 12a with type 18, as noted, is likely to be significant.]


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