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ANTIGUA
Newly discovered proof printed on white paper for a Keyplate style QV 1d in black (no shading behind both lighthouse and sailing ship).
£125

ANTIGUA
Newly discovered proof printed on white paper for a Keyplate style QV 1d in black (no shading behind both lighthouse and sailing ship).
£125

ANTIGUA
Newly discovered bogus Essay (Keyplate style) for a QV 1d stamp WITH SHADING BEHIND BOTH LIGHTHOUSE and SAILING SHIP (no actual printed stamps currently seen) in black printed on white stock.
Printed and perforated stamps without shading behind both lighthouse and sailing ship are recorded.
£180

ST. VINCENT
1909 imperf. Plate Proof of the redrawn 6d dull purple (SG.107) on ungummed MCA wmk'd paper from the original Imprimatur block of six, small pin-hole and small base tear.
£240

ST. LUCIA
Attractive undated hand-drawn in black and gold drawing on card similar to the design accepted for the central Device of the Colony on the issued 1946 KG6 £1.00 definitive (SG.141).
£125

VIRGIN ISLANDS stamps:
1867-70 imperf. PLATE PROOF of the 4d in maroon on ungummed unwatermarked paper.
£80

ST. CHRISTOPHER stamps:
Essay inscribed "ST. KITTS" and "POSTAGE" based on the St. Lucia first type issue design in sepia-brown, imperforate affixed to small piece.
£40

ST. LUCIA "REVENUE" issues archive piece
1884 QV 1d slate REVENUE in red handstamped "CANCELLED (Type D7) and 1885 QV 1d dull mauve REVENUE in black handstamped "SPECIMEN" (Type D11) in blue, both affixed to De La Rue to archive piece marked "Req 4-32". Ex CONRAD LATTO.
£525


ST. VINCENT stamps:
1885 De La Rue Colour Trial for a new printing of 1,000 sheets of the November 1884 QV 1d lilac "REVENUE" additionally ovp'd "in figures in red 1d", a lower marginal example in rose-lilac with "1d." in vermilion mounted and initialled on piece showing partial instructions on reverse.
£225

ST. LUCIA stamps:
Essay in black with typographed head and surround but without outer name and duty plate frame-lines, the top tablet "ST. LUCIA" and bottom tablet "HALFPENNY" hand-painted, cut down to stamp size and affixed to small piece. Ex De La Rue Archives (1979).
£750


INCORRECT VICTORIAN GRAMMAR on PREPARATION PROOF SHEET with UNISSUED VERTICAL LINED PAPER
1866 QV 1d pale rose INLAND REVENUE on UNISSUED vertical laid paper stamps, a generally fine and fresh IMPERFORATE complete sheet of twelve stamps showing the two units of six stamps laid down and aligned for printing purposes (unlike BADLY ALIGNED Sheet 256) within the full marginal inscriptions including One Penny Each - One Shilling per Sheet. at base (changed on issued sheets) on gummed paper sheet numbered 258 at top left. Some slight creasing. Note: The initial delivery is thought to be Sheets 1 to 250 making a total of 3,000 stamps being issued on horizontal laid paper with base inscription reading One Penny each - One Shilling per Sheet. - the change from Each to each being made at preparation stage due Victorians being fussy about incorrect grammar. Only three imperforate sheets (numbered 256,257,258) are currently known with the original "Each" setting, and each showing differing adjustments to the lining up of the two units. Morley in 1910 reported the existence of these stamps on vertical laid paper but both Britnor (1965) and Robson Lowe (1990) were unable to confirm their existance in their handbooks. Sheets 251 to 260 are therefore printer’s unissued preparation sheets. The "Each" error was not noticed by philatelists until 2001 (135 years later!).
£1500


SOUTHERN RHODESIA stamps:
1940 British South Africa Golden Jubilee ½d (SG.53), the central vignette only unmounted mint, with security punch holes mounted on presentation card (100 x 115mm) headed "WATERLOW & SONS LTD/Progressive proof", superbly fresh.
£140




A UNIQUE IMPERFORATE PROOF SHEET SHOWING THE UNISSUED TRANSPOSED AMERICAN PRESIDENTS ERROR
1975 200th Anniversary of American Independence issue: Two differing mint imperforate proof sheets exist (this one having LIGHTER BLACK BACKGROUND behind portraits of those Presidents than found on the issued stamps) showing wrong portrait of Franklin Pierce on the 5c, and wrong portrait of Andrew Johnson on the 10c (transposed portraits error).
The other transposed Presidents error sheet, also mounted by the printers on white card, has a much darker pink background to the lower middle label than found on issues stamps, and is marked "Q541 BLACKS" in lower white selvedge being the House of Questa printers reference number presumed connected with the black printing. The error was noted after completion of printing with ALL SHEETS DESTROYED by the Crown Agents and printers, and the corrected printing sent to St. Vincent (the two error sheets accepted by O.J. Urch, philatelic adviser, from Prime Minister of St. Vincent Milton Cato per photocopy of "accountable items" text enclosed). For the complete story of how this error occurred see BLOGGS SECTION and newspaper article "A NEW STAMP ISSUE IS BORN".
£1500

LONG ISLAND, West Cork, Ireland local issue
PROGRESSIVE PROOFS in unmounted mint blocks of four (7) of the 1973 set of four local stamps depicting Cottages Midland Harbour, Map of the Island, nearby scenes of Leamcon Castle and Fastnet Lighthouse, only 8 sets exist.
Issued to carry mail from the island to Schull mainland village, County Cork
£400

ANTIGUA, DOMINICA, MONTSERRAT stamps
1902-03 stamp-size master Die Proof on thick card for the KE7 5/- denomination with uncleared surrounds and country tablet as used for all three islands.
£325

MAURITIUS stamps:
1862 QV 1/- buff No wmk (SG.52), fresh lightly mounted mint IMPRIMATUR horiz. pair showing part marginal inscription.
£250



Plate Proof Winston Churchill issue, British Guiana stamps
1966 fully gummed and watermarked imperforate black vignette PLATE PROOF depicting St. George's Cathedral, Georgetown (The tallest wooden building in the world) as used for both 5c and 25c values (SG.374/375, as enclosed), small mark and minor paper bend. Stated only 10 examples exist.
£185

ST. VINCENT stamps:
Plate proof marginal horizontal pair of the 1881 QV ½d (SG.36) in black on unwatermarked paper.
£125

NEW ZEALAND stamps:
1909 "work-in-progress" stamp size DIE PROOF in black for the 1d Universal Postal Union issue (SG.386).
£85


JAMAICA stamps:
1938 KG6 4d Citrus Grove (SG.127), a work-in-progress imperforate die proof on gummed wmk'd paper originally affixed to document outlining changes needed by engraver, these would have included strengthening heavier shading within ear plus reworking of broken lines in hair above and behind ear. Corner lost when removed from document, has both horizontal and diagonal creases, presumed unique.
comparison with issued stamp included
£600
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