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    AUSTRALIAN COLONIES, VICTORIA, 1855-56 TWO PENCE QUEEN ON THRONE ISSUES

    Lot 280
    Estimate: $15,000 Realised Price : $11,500

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson: The remarkable Contract dated 18 May 1854 for 'Printing & gumming postage stamps' with signatures of James Campbell and James Fergusson together with various parties representing the Colony of Victoria, together with a 'Specimen of gumming' being a gummed sample (110 x 240mm approx) of the distinctive paper utilised by the Contractors and duly signed by the respective parties. Unique item of exceptional philatelic and historic significance

      

    Lot 281
    Estimate: $2,000 Realised Price : $1,500

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone A: Reconstruction of the transfer group of 50 units, generally very fine/superb, including nine pairs

     

    Lot 282
    Estimate: $2,500 Realised Price : $1,900

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone A: Reconstruction of the transfer group of 50 units in pairs, generally very fine/superb, two positions duplicated (52)

     

    Lot 283
    Estimate: $2,500 Realised Price : $1,900

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone A: Unused selection (9) in varying shades, four-margined (one only slightly trimmed at base), including the superb [17] in Lilac (ex Boker, Perry) and remarkable [11] with enormous left margin (ex Ferrary, Perry), a few with slight thin, generally fine/very fine and an extraordinary holding of unused

     

    Lot 284
    Estimate: $400 Realised Price : $340

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone A: Pairs (2) in unusual shades comprising [49-50 - contemporary ink stains on reverse] in an uncharacteristic Dark Sepia, possibly a proof pressed into postal use, and Dark Lilac [37-38], large-margined

     

    Lot 285
    Estimate: $1,000 Realised Price : $750

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone A: Lilac [31] the unique example on very thick diagonally ribbed paper, margins except where ragged at left, believed to be a proof pressed into postal use. Ex Forster, Perry

     

    Lot 286
    Estimate: $300

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone A: Four-margined strips of three (2) in Lilac [8-10] and Purple [35-37], trivial crease in each

     

    Lot 287
    Estimate: $350 Realised Price : $400

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone A: Purple strip of four [12-15], tiny tear in third unit otherwise superb. Ex Burrus, Perry

     

    Lot 288
    Estimate: $2,000 Realised Price : $1,500

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone A: Purple unused pairs [33-34] and [43-44] reunited to form a block of four, small thin in one, attractive and extremely rare. Ex Pack, Perry

     

    Lot 289
    Estimate: $350 Realised Price : $320

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone A: Purple pairs [13-14] and [23-24] reunited to form a block of four, slight crease in lower pair otherwise superb. Ex Heslop, Perry

     

    Lot 290
    Estimate: $750 Realised Price : $575

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone A: Purple large-margined [30] tied to 1856 (26th Mar) cover locally addressed at Melbourne. Quality example of scarce Town letter rate. Ex Forster, Perry

     

    Lot 291
    Estimate: $600 Realised Price : $460

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone A: Purple four-margined singles [47], [48] and [14] tied to 1856 (22nd Feb) mourning envelope (small flap fault) from Ballarat to Sydney

     

    Lot 292
    Estimate: $750

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone A: Purple very large-margined singles [48] and [38], each with portion of adjoining unit at right, tied to 1856 (6th May) cover Geelong to Melbourne. Ex Purves, Perry

     

    Lot 293
    Estimate: $500 Realised Price : $380

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone A: Purple large-margined pair [13-14] tied to 1856 (28th Apr) Melbourne to Provincial Hamilton (fine backstamp). [14] shows the prominent secondary flaw at base of gown

     

    Lot 294
    Estimate: $1,000 Realised Price : $750

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone A: Lilac close to large-margined pair [19-20] tied to 1856 (9th Jun) entire letter Melbourne to small Provincial settlement at Mount Korong showing scarce framed 'TOO LATE', backstamps including rare Mt Moliagul

     

    Lot 295
    Estimate: $800 Realised Price : $600

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone A: Purple pair [29-30] and singles [27 - slightly trimmed at base] and [28], generally large-margined, tied to 1856 (6th Apr) cover Melbourne to Maryborough at double Inland letter rate

     

    Lot 296
    Estimate: $10,000

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone A: Remarkable large-margined block of four [37-38/47-48] on 1856 (12th Apr) Official cover (a little stained at left) locally addressed at Melbourne and paid for extraordinary quadruple Town letter rate, the block tied by filing pinhole and apparently Post Office related 2mm punch hole which extends through lower left unit and cover, 'ADVERTISED/AND/UNCLAIMED' and rare oval 'T.C/AP 14/1856' (in red) applied. Kellow records six blocks of four in the Campbell & Fergusson printings, this being the only example on cover. One of the most spectacular frankings of the 'Queen-on-Throne' series. Ex Kellow

     

    Lot 297
    Estimate: $3,000 Realised Price : $5,000

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone A 'TVO' variety (SG 36b): Lilac shade in pair [47-48] with normal, the premier item for this creased transfer variety (ex Amundsen, Boker - realised 850 in 1981, Perry), also the related creased transfers affecting [38 - 37-38 pair] and [39 - in 29/39 pair]. Superb group illustrated in Kellow at top p77

     

    Lot 298
    Estimate: $1,000

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone A 'TVO' variety (SG 36b): Purple shade in four-margined pair [47-48 - crease between] with normal, together with singles of the related creased transfers [38] and [39]

     

    Lot 299
    Estimate: $2,500 Realised Price : $1,900

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone B: Reconstruction of the transfer group of 50 units, generally earlier to intermediate printings in very fine/superb quality, including 15 pairs, [12-13] and [49-50] with scarce Glenorchy datestamp (both 9 Nov 1855 suggesting used on same article)

     

    Lot 300
    Estimate: $2,500 Realised Price : $1,900

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone B: Reconstruction of the transfer group of 50 units, generally later printings in very fine/superb quality, including 13 pairs

     

    Lot 301
    Estimate: $1,200 Realised Price : $900

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone B: Unused selection (4) comprising Brown-Purple [19], and Warm Purple rare pair [5-6 - margins except at top - crease in one] and single [37], very few unused recorded for this stone

     

    Lot 302
    Estimate: $2,000 Realised Price : $3,200

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone B: The rare and distinctive 'Brown' (SG 37), the dominant holding extant comprising large-margined singles [2] and [18], and pairs [13-14 - margins except where shaved at base of 14], [37-38 - very large-margined - creased] and [45-46 - crease in one - RPSV 2001 Cert]. Believed to be a colour trial pressed into postal use, and with 'about one dozen copies known' (Kellow p77), absurdly under-catalogued at 70

     

    Lot 303
    Estimate: $500 Realised Price : $380

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone B: Grey-Purple singles [31] and [32] reunited to form a pair cancelled by extremely rare Post Office mss. 'Balmoral/4 Dec 1855/Victoria', close to large margins

     

    Lot 304
    Estimate: $3,000 Realised Price : $3,400

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone B: Brown-Purple very large-margined pair [31/41] and 'Too Late' 6d (large margins except where shaved at right) tied to 1855 (3rd Aug) cover (small stain lower left) Geelong to Melbourne. One of the few of the 24 recorded 6d 'Too Late' covers to bear a 'Queen-on-Throne' issue

     

    Lot 305
    Estimate: $2,000 Realised Price : $1,600

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C: Reconstruction of the transfer group of 50 units, early to intermediate printings in generally very fine/superb quality, including eleven pairs

     

    Lot 306
    Estimate: $2,000 Realised Price : $1,500

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C: Reconstruction of the transfer group of 50 units, generally later printings in very fine/superb quality, including eight pairs, shades from this printing group the widest ranging found in the lithographs

     

    Lot 307
    Estimate: $2,500 Realised Price : $1,900

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C: Reconstruction of the transfer group of 50 units in horizontal pairs, generally very fine/superb, [33-34] tied to piece by 'killer' Butterfly

     

    Lot 308
    Estimate: $400 Realised Price : $360

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C: Unused four-margined selection (3) comprising Brown-Purple [40], Warm Purple [45] and Dull Mauve [13], small thin/crease, SG 37a, 37b, 38a

     

    Lot 309
    Estimate: $400 Realised Price : $300

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C: Grey-Black large-margined pair [15-16], rare shade, tied to piece

     

    Lot 310
    Estimate: $400 Realised Price : $300

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C: Strips of three (2) in Warm Purple [6-8] and Rose-Lilac [18-20 - crease in one], close to large-margined, SG 37b, 37c

     

    Lot 311
    Estimate: $750 Realised Price : $575

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C: Rare blocks of four (2) in Rose-Lilac [26-27/36-37 - close to large-margined] and Dull Mauve [21-22/31-32 - trimmed at top and left - small faults]. Kellow records 'about half a dozen blocks of four' in the Campbell & Fergusson printings

     

    Lot 312
    Estimate: $750

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C: Brown-Purple [10 - small fault at right] tied by handstruck 'ADVERTISED/AND/UNCLAIMED' to 1856 (26th Jul) cover locally addressed at Melbourne, light strike of Butterfly '48' in red of Dead Letter Office

     

    Lot 313
    Estimate: $1,000 Realised Price : $800

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C: Rose-Lilac large-margined pair [16-17] tied to 1856 (19th Jan) cover Geelong to Winchelsea, good strike of Winchelsea datestamp in red on reverse which is rare. Ex Purves, Perry

     

    Lot 314
    Estimate: $600 Realised Price : $480

    1855-56 Lithgraphed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C: Dull Mauve pair [27-28 - ragged at top] cancelled by Barred Oval '42' on 1855 (5th Oct) cover Gisborne (datestamp on front) to Melbourne

     

    Lot 315
    Estimate: $600 Realised Price : $700

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C: Creased transfer selection comprising singles (5) and pairs (5) representing 14 various positions affected by creased transfer, some very fine/superb items present (15)

     

    Lot 316
    Estimate: $400 Realised Price : $300

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C: 'Thumbprint' transfer variety (occurred when laying down a transfer - small thin) on [49] in pair with [50], four-margined, and [27-28] pair (margins at places) showing outstanding ink-splatter affecting both units. Rare varieties

     

    Lot 317
    Estimate: $10,000 Realised Price : $8,000

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C Substitutions (SG 37d, 38d): The set of the five substitutions comprising [20-2], [19-12], [29-22], [18-32 - crease in one], and [28-42], four-margined, the finest set yet achieved. Ex Perry

         

    Lot 318
    Estimate: $2,000 Realised Price : $1,500

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C Substitutions (SG 37d, 38d): The remarkable strip of five (actually a pair and strip of three) tied to piece and comprising the whole of the substitution [20/19/29/18/28] for [1/11/21/31/41]. Illustrated Kellow p79. Ex Purves, Kellow, Jones

     

    Lot 319
    Estimate: $600 Realised Price : $575

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C Substitutions (SG 37d, 38d): Pair [20-2] rather than [1-2], margins except at left where shaved

     

    Lot 320
    Estimate: $5,000 Realised Price : $5,250

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C Substitutions (SG 37d, 38d): Pair [20-2] rather than [1-2], four-margined close at lower left, tied to 1856 (11th Jan) cover Belfast to Warrnambool. Four covers bearing substitutions are recorded by Kellow (the other three are offered as subsequent lots). Ex Perry

     

    Lot 321
    Estimate: $600 Realised Price : $480

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C Substitutions (SG 37d, 38d): Pair [29-22] rather than [21-22], large-margined, trivial thin

     

    Lot 322
    Estimate: $600 Realised Price : $460

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C Substitutions (SG 37d, 38d): Pair [29-22] rather than [21-22], margins except at left base where trimmed

     

    Lot 323
    Estimate: $2,500 Realised Price : $2,000

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C Substitutions (SG 37d, 38d): Pair [29-22] rather than [21-22], margins except at left where trimmed, tied to 1855 (13th Oct) cover Sandhurst to Melbourne

     

    Lot 324
    Estimate: $7,500

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell and Fergusson Stone C Substitutions (SG 37d, 38d): Strips of three [29-22-23] and [43-32-33] which were once a block of six, roughly separated largely by hand resulting in major defects, together with imperf 1/- tied to 1855 (26th Oct) cover Melbourne to London per "Champion of the Seas". 2/- rate for 1-2oz. Despite shortcomings a spectacular franking, unique with substitutions. Ex Kellow

     

    Lot 325
    Estimate: $600 Realised Price : $460

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C Substitutions (SG 37d, 38d): Pair [43-32] rather than [31-32], margins except where barely shaved at top, small crease

     

    Lot 326
    Estimate: $600 Realised Price : $460

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C Substitutions (SG 37d, 38d): Pair [28-42] rather than [41-42], margins except where shaved at lower left, faint thin

     

    Lot 327
    Estimate: $5,000 Realised Price : $4,000

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone C Substitutions (SG 37d, 38d): Pair [28-42] rather than [41-42], roughly separated at base resulting in small thinning, on 1855 (1st Aug) cover Geelong to Melbourne, small stains one of which ties pair to cover. Ex Perry

     

    Lot 328
    Estimate: $2,500 Realised Price : $1,900

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone D: Reconstruction of the transfer group of 50 units, generally very fine/superb, including 13 pairs

     

    Lot 329
    Estimate: $750 Realised Price : $575

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone D: Dull Purple [13] unused large-margined and unusually fine impression for this stone which is rare unused. Ex Perry

     

    Lot 330
    Estimate: $600 Realised Price : $460

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone D: Dull Purple pair [1-2 - crease affecting one] large-margined on 1856 (29th Apr) cover Geelong to Melbourne

     

    Lot 331
    Estimate: $400 Realised Price : $360

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone D: Dull Grey-Lilac [6] unused large-margined, tiny thin, rare stone unused

     

    Lot 332
    Estimate: $6,000

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone D: Dull Grey-Lilac single [7] and pair [13-14] tied to 1856 (16th Feb) cover Geelong to London per "Hellespont". After P & O withdrew contract ships during the Crimean War the only manner in which mail could be routed to UK via the Far East was 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 which made 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'. Extremely rare and highly important item of Victorian Postal History. Ex Perry

     

    Lot 333
    Estimate: $400 Realised Price : $380

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone D: The rare Grey-Black, consistent with other uncharacteristic shades in this series probably a colour trial pressed into postal use (such were accounting requirements for paper allocated), pair [33/34 - margins except at right base - creased] and single [47 - very large-margined - faint thin]. Kellow states 'some one dozen copies have been seen'

     

    Lot 334
    Estimate: $750 Realised Price : $575

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone D Thick card paper (SG39b): Dull Lilac-Mauve extremely rare pair [9-10] trimmed at places. Kellow states 'Ten copies are known'

     

    Lot 335
    Estimate: $500 Realised Price : $420

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone D Thick card paper (SG39b): Dull Lilac-Mauve [30] faint thinning, otherwise very fine

     

    Lot 336
    Estimate: $750 Realised Price : $700

    1855-56 Lithographed by Messrs Campbell & Fergusson Stone D Thick card paper (SG39b): Dull Lilac-Mauve [33] large-margined

     

    Lot 337
    Estimate: $400 Realised Price : $1,800

    Reprints: 1891 2d 'Queen-on-Throne' U.P.U. perforated reprints (19) in various shades of Brown (including block of six - largest multiple in private hands) and Chestnut, also one handstamped 'Specimen' and an Imperforate CTO (in 1902), last two rare and for presentation purposes

     

    Lot 338
    Estimate: $1,500 Realised Price : $1,150

    Forgeries: Four exhibition pages showing well detailed group of six distinct types of forgery including rare bromide and other seldom seen productions, some highly skilful, Jeffryes' proofs (2), etc (22)

     

    Lot 339
    Estimate: $2,500 Realised Price : $2,700

    Balance of the 'Commissariat' collection annotated on leaves and in hagner sheets comprising printings by Ham (5 - with strip of three), Campbell (61 - two unused, one on cover, 13 pairs), and Campbell & Fergusson (63 - 14 pairs which include unused, defective Substituted transfer, and cover), noted Stone C creased transfers, many very fine/superb items present (129). Definitely not your average collection remainder

     

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