Welcome to our 60th sale, which is an online auction only, comprising over 800 lots offering a wide range of material.
Throughout the Australian Colonies are some very useful SPECIMEN and cancelled-to-order stamps, including 1901 Federal Presentation sets with the accompanying presentation letters. We are pleased to offer a further important selection of Tasmania, with a range of all the stamp issues, suitably lotted. Additionally, there is strength in the postal history, with material ranging from pre-stamps to the Pictorials, and a wide range of cancellation and postmarks studies, including an extensive group of instructional and informative markings.
Australian Commonwealth begins with 130 lots of Kangaroos, with what must be the largest group of cancelled-to-order stamps offered at auction. These include all the various dates used for presentation and collectors' sets, offered both as individual values and also in full sets. The highlight must be the AP 15 13 complete set from ½d to £2. There are also accompanying SPECIMEN overprints on the high values, including multiples of the First Watermark Type A handstamp. The King George V issues are similarly extensive and also include an excellent range of cancelled-to-order material, including two blocks of four of the 4½d Die II. There are some fine studies of the plate varieties on various values, and individual highlights are a block of four of the 5d Single Watermark in a very rare deep brown shade, and a 1½d Green with inverted watermark, a new discovery, and there are also four lots of the rare display SPECIMEN handstamps. Australia is completed by some interesting postage dues, including covers and an extensive offering of postal stationery, with fine envelopes and including some bulk lots, and a wide range of postal history and aerophilately.
From the Rest of the World there is a collection of Antigua suitably lotted, an accumulation of Canadian instructional markings, and a specialised collection of Cook Islands 1949-1967 issues including essays and proofs as well as extensive studies of the various issues. There are some interesting Gilbert & Ellice Islands covers, a range of German Colonies with Yacht high values in fine condition, and an accumulation of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika with both stamps and postal history; the Tanzania booklets are modern rarities. St. Vincent includes some nice village covers, and there is further material from the Richard Peck collection of Tristan da Cunha.