General Sale No. 55 is one of our largest sales comprising 1200 lots, with emphasis on Australian Colonies at almost 600 lots. New South Wales has a fine range of Sydney Views, including a rejoined block of eight of the 2d Plate I showing retouched lower row, the record strip of three of the 3d myrtle-green, and the wonderful cover ex-Burrus with a strip of three 3d in combination with the 1d. There is a major group of Diadems from two vendors, including the set of De La Rue coloured die proofs pulled in 1872, and the very rare 6d trial proof in an uncut sheetlet of four.
The postal history is exceptional, with many rare rates and destinations, and good sections of registered mail and Moreton Bay District. Completing the offering of New South Wales is a major collection of numeral cancellations, suitably lotted, including many rare numbers and a few previously unrecorded ones. The other Australian Colonies include revenues from Queensland, attractive proofs from South Australia, and fine and rare postal history from Victoria.
Australian Commonwealth has a good rage of Kangaroo and Map stamps, highlights being the mint double print pair of the 5/- Second Wmk, a good example of the 10/- punctured Large OS, and a very fine 9d with Inverted Second Wmk. In the Decimals there is an interesting group of Australia Post folders of new issues of the 1990s and 2000s which are believed to be specially prepared for Members of Parliament.
The Rest of the World is highlighted by an exceptional range of Great Britain, the main feature being a fine collection of the 1870 1/2d line-engraved "bantam". This includes many fine mint blocks, including plate number pieces, a first day usage, and the rare Plate 9 is represented by a very rare used block of four and several fine covers. Most plates are represented on cover, and there are some very unusual usages, including a section of "used abroad". The later Great Britain includes a number of fine stamps, a good group of the 1929 PUC issue, and QEII missing colours.
Other countries featured are Bahamas Chalon issues, Cape of Good Hope triangulars, including two "Woodblocks", Newfoundland with fine airmail stamps, and Papua New Guinea proofs.