Featuring over 1700 lots, Stanley Gibbons Public Auction of Worldwide Stamps and Postal History is highly anticipated. Highlights include the 'D. J. Wood Collection of New Zealand', the 'John Perkins Collection of WWI and WWII' and a superb range of hand illustrated First Day Covers by the artist Brian Coole.
The sale starts with a fine selection of foreign countries and collections, including 39 lots from China. Of particular interest is lot 48 (Est. £200-400), a 'French Post Offices in China' 1896 April 17 hand illustrated envelope to Kent franked with 1894-1903 25c 'Peace and Commerce' tied by 'SHANG-HAI, CHINE. Lot 125 (Est. £1,300-1,500) is a fine example of the rare Japanese 1907 3y50 booklet (SG SB2) and lot 161 (Est. £5,000-6,000) is a Taiwan 1888 "Horse and Dragon" 20cash, die proof in scarlet, on thin gummed wove paper.
In the British Commonwealth section lot 437 (Est £1,200-1,400), is described as "probably one of the finest known examples of this rarity", is a Cook Island 1902 2d deep brown, error 'No figures of value' (SG 31a) very fine o.g. Lot 522 (Est. £1,500 -1,700) is a very scarce Gadhka (formerly in Western Kathiawar, nowadays in Gujarat State) 1944 stamp booklet with pink cover containing twenty three panes of 8 2a red revenue stamps with interleaving.
Lots 623 to 703 are the D.J. Wood collection of New Zealand with many rarities including lot 623 (Est. £3,000-3,400) an attractive example of this rare 1855-57 1d dull carmine (SG 1) faint bend at upper left but with clear margins all round and lightly used by "18" barred oval of Otago.
A particularly interesting item is lot 628 (Est. £2,400-2,800), an 1855-58 1s green on blue paper a vertical bisect tied to small piece by "18" barred oval of Otago (SG 6a var) with a RPS Cert (1930) which states "after consulting a high authority, that the stamp and postmark are genuine", the former reference normally refers to King George V!
For collectors interested in Southern Africa, lot 807 (Est. £1,000-1,200) is a 1900 Provisional issued by the Military Authorities ½d green (SG 11) used on small piece by 'VRYBURG/MY 16/19/B.B' cds, and lot 808 (Est. £2,000-2,400), a Zululand 1894 £5 purple and black/red (SG 29) fresh large part o.g should be of real interest.
Day one finishes with a number of lots with a thematic interest incl lot 903 (Est. £2,000-2,400) a collection dedicated to Lord Nelson which includes a hand painted cover by the artist Brian Coole, an original copy of 'The Times' dated November 7 1805 with a report of the Battle of Trafalgar and 1950's experimental bank note design depicting Nelson by Harrison bank note printers. Lot 906 (Est. (£4,000-4,400) is The extensive and well researched British and European collection of Royalty on exhibition pages formed by Mr John Davis to celebrate and commemorate the 2012 Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The collection was exhibited in February 2012 at Highcliffe Castle in Dorset and was the basis of a series of articles in Gibbons Stamp Monthly published to accompany the exhibition.
Lot 908 (Est. £4,000-4,400) for Titanic collectors, is a 1912 March 7 envelope from France franked Sower 5c and 10c (horizontal pair) tied by Bordeaux machine cancellation, addressed to M.A.Winter in Washington and showing violet sans-serif 'TITANIC' hand stamp at left, receivers arrival hand stamp alongside of March 19 and on reverse arrival date stamp of March 18 (It is presumed that this cover was meant to be taken on the maiden voyage which had to be postponed until April. The White Star mail contract would not allow for envelopes to be held so it was sent on the next available sailing).
Day two opens with the "John Palmer collection of WWI and WWII" which includes Propaganda material from many countries particularly Germany and Russia. incl lot 1023 (Est. £1,000-1,200) an unused block of twelve (3 x 4) ½d green GB Jubilee parody 'THIS WAR IS A JEWSH WAR', and lot 1024 (Est. £8,000-10,000), the “fine and probably unique” original hand-painted artwork in lilac-brown and white on card of a 1½d Coronation parody (248 x 177mm) inscribed "SSSR BRITANNIA/TEHRAN 28.11.1943", below "ERSTELLT: VI F 4 NOACK 44".
Much interest is expected in the superb selection of Knockaloe Internment Camp material with both 'stamps' and postal history including lot 1091 (Est. £1,200-1,400), a 1915 (2d) red on un-gummed paper perf 11, depicting camp fence and huts with three legged symbol in each corner, apparently designed and printed within the camp but withdrawn before use, this is believed to be the only recorded unused example of this stamp in private hands, "An important and unique stamp” Ex Dr Tim Whitney. Lot 1092 (Est. £1,300-1,500) is a used vertical corner pair of the same 'stamp' from the lower right of the sheet being imperf at right and at foot, each with circular framed (cork?) 'KNOCKALOE/CAMP' cancellation.
The final 583 lots of Great Britain start with postal history including lot 1168 (Est. £2,200-2,600), a 1d Mulready letter sheet (Forme 3, Stereo A50) from London to Leeds with fine strike of red MC at foot (contrary to regulations) with MY 7 1840 despatch cds on reverse, a fine and rare cover with this 2nd day usage. Lot 1180 (Est. £1,500-1,700) 'House of Commons - Free Mail' 1818 entire letter from the 'Parliamentary Committee on Education' to 'The Revd the Officiating Minister of the Parish or Chapelry' in Darlington, asking ten questions regarding education in schoouter letter sheet run by Charitable Foundations in the parish, with 'Free/F. Freeling' at lower left and with good strike of crowned 24 AP 1818 cancel at top right. Finally lot 1221 (Est. £2,400-2,800), a 1868 (March 31) small envelope franked with fine four margined 1852 1d red-brown on very blued paper, plate 157 (State II repair) lettered J-B, tied by superb strike of the '683' SALISBURY duplex cancel.
Among the 1840 1d blacks on offer is lot 1344 (Est. £4,000-4,400), a 1d black plate 1b, lettered TE with four good to massive margins and a lovely impression, large part o.g. and lot 1360 (Est. £1,800 – 2,000), a fine and rare 1d black plate 5 lettered PB third repair, State 3 (non-coincident re-entry) with close to good margins, used with black MC cancel (SG Specialised AS 30).
Later GB lots of note are lot 1443 (Est. £8,000-9,000) an unused 1867-83 £5 orange on white paper (SG 137) lettered AM, very fresh with just the odd gum wrinkle, lot 1562 (Est. £8,000-9,000) a 1912 2s black on red booklet without edition number (SG BB4) with PEARS advert on reverse, the panes all overprinted 'SPECIMEN' type 26, an exceptionally rare booklet and of particular interest to collectors of booklets.
Within the errors and varieties is lot 1611 (Est. £15,000-17,000) the fine and extremely rare 1998 650th Anniversary of the Order of the Garter, The Queen's Beasts, 26p horizontal se-tenant strip of five error 'Missing green' (SG 2026ab) u/m, also in errors and varieties is lot 1612 (Est. £2,200-2,600) a 2003 Fruit and Vegetables, (1st) self-adhesive unused imperforate sheetlet of ten with pane of decorative labels (also imperforate) attached (SG 2348ab). Lot 1613 (Est. 2,000-2,400), the 2009 Christmas (1st Large) 'Madonna and Child' self-adhesive affixed to piece and clearly featuring the 'U' shaped security slits normally only found on the Machin head issues is apparently unused but with possible fragment of cancellation at upper right it is unlisted by Stanley Gibbons and accompanied by a photocopied article from GSM (April 2011) reporting its discovery.
To finish, Lots 1640 to 1657 comprise of hand painted first day covers by the artist Brian Coole, offered as groups along thematic lines, incl lot 1640 (Est. £1,400-1,600), fifty-nine well executed animal covers, Lot 1646 (Est. £500-600) twenty flowers, Lot 1648 (Est. £260-300) ten horse racing covers, Lot 1650 (Est. £1,200-1,400) forty-four fine military covers, Lot 1652 (Est. £650-750) twenty-six railway covers and lot 1655 (Est. £650-750) twenty-five sport covers.
Stanley Gibbons Public Auction of Worldwide Stamps and Postal History, to be held on the 30th and 31st July 2014 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auction’s Mayfair office, 24 Maddox St, London W1S 1PP.
Viewing will be at Stanley Gibbons, 399 Strand from July 14th.