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    AUSTRALIAN COLONIES, VICTORIA, 1852-58 QUEEN-ON-THRONE

    Lot 42
    Estimate: $12,500 Realised Price : $11,000

    2d 'Queen-on-Throne' Reprinted Imperforate Plate Proof complete sheet of 50 with imprint produced in 1891, two vertical creases, otherwise fine and fresh. Five sheets were printed, from which this remains the only example in private hands. Ex Gartner, Perry. [Of the original five sheets, two were destroyed in the 1983 Ash Wednesday fire, one is the Australia Post Archives, and the other is in the Royal Collection]

     

    Lot 43
    Estimate: $2,500

    1852 Recess-printed by Thomas Ham 2d Reddish Brown unused marginal pair [47-48], SG 18, showing tiny portion of printer's imprint at lower left, minor imperfections. The only imprint item recorded in the issued stamp. Ex Kellow

     

    Lot 44
    Estimate: $25,000 Realised Price : $19,000

    1852 Recess-printed by Thomas Ham 2d Purple-Brown [28] superb large-margined example on 1853 (30 Apr) entire Melbourne to Commissariat at Sandhurst, endorsed 'Escort' and stamp and cover with '32' representing the given number for the Government Gold Escort which carried the article. The most attractive of the three recorded Escort covers and a highlight of Victorian Postal History. Ex Purves, Perry. Regarded by many as the greatest 'Queen-on-Throne' cover

     

    Lot 45
    Estimate: $1,000 Realised Price : $850

    1854 Lithographed by J.S. Campbell & Co. Stone 1, 2d Dull Lilac-Brown [1], SG 19c, superb unused example, good to large margins. Perhaps two or three known unused

     

    Lot 46
    Estimate: $500 Realised Price : $500

    1854 Lithographed by J.S. Campbell & Co. Stone 4, 2d Violet-Black [33], SG 20, unused, close at right, a little thinned, very few unused recorded from this stone

     

    Lot 47
    Estimate: $500 Realised Price : $380

    1854 Lithographed by J.S. Campbell & Co. Stone 6, 2d Dull Brown [47], SG 20c, superb unused example

     

    Lot 48
    Estimate: $3,000 Realised Price : $2,400

    1854 Lithographed by J.S. Campbell & Co. Stone 6, 2d Violet-Black on toned paper, rare interpane pair [42/2], four-margined except where tapered into lower left, slight creasing. Only eleven such pairs from this printing exist. Ex Kellow

     

    Lot 49
    Estimate: $3,500 Realised Price : $3,000

    1854 Lithographed by J.S. Campbell & Co. Stone 5, 2d Dull Brown on toned paper, strip of four [21-22-33-34], 'Substituted transfer' [21-22] for [31-32], heavy horizontal crease and associated tears, although not unattractive. The largest multiple containing a substitution. Ex Purves, Perry

     

    Lot 50
    Estimate: $1,250

    1854 Lithographed by J.S. Campbell & Co. Stone 7, 2d Grey-Black strip of six [5-10] with large margins except at top right corner, small tear at centre top, otherwise attractive and the record multiple for this stone. Ex Harvey, Perry

     

    Lot 51
    Estimate: $800 Realised Price : $600

    1855-56 Lithographed by Campbell & Fergusson Stone A, 2d Lilac pair [5-6], SG 36, attractive unused with large even margins

     

    Lot 52
    Estimate: $7,500 Realised Price : $6,250

    1855-56 Lithographed by Campbell & Fergusson Stone D, 2d Dull Grey-Lilac single [7] and pair [13-14], SG 39a, tied to 1856 (16 Feb) cover Geelong to London per 'Hellespont'. After P & O withdrew contract ships during the Crimean War, mail routed to the UK via the Far East had to link up with the P & O Far East service via ships destined for India or the East. The 'Hellespont' and 'Kennington' are the only two voyages identified as making the journey and as the former off-loaded mail at Singapore (rather than the P & O Ceylon connection), the British P.O. imposed additional charges indicated by the circular 'MORE/TO/PAY'. An extremely rare and highly important item of Victorian Postal History. Ex Perry

     

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