Lots 474, 486 & 488: Great Britain 1840 penny black, red brown and two penny blue, all with Maltese Cross in red

Classic Great Britain philately from the John Hillson Collections.

Lot 474 Great Britain #2 Plate 4. 1840 1d black Queen VictoriaLot 474 Great Britain #2 Plate 4. 1840 1d black Queen Victoria Imperforate, from position LI (sloping L), with four large margins, showing part of next stamp at left, and an ideal complete Maltese Cross in red, extremely fine. S.G. CV £400

Lot 486 Great Britain #2, 7 Plate 11. 1840 1d black and 1d red brown Queen Victoria Imperforate Matched PairLot 486 Great Britain #2, 7 Plate 11. 1840 1d black and 1d red brown Queen Victoria Imperforate Matched Pair, both from position DG and each having large balanced margins and moderate Maltese Cross cancels in black, very fine. Plate 11 is the scarcest, by far, of all the “Black” plates. Accompanied by a 2008 B.P.A. certificate for the matching pair. S.G. CV £4,730

Lot 488 Great Britain #5e Plate 1. 1840 2d blue Queen Victoria Imperforate, a horizontal strip of three from position II-IK, with good to large margins all around and three almost complete impressions of the Maltese Cross in red, fine-very fine. Catalogue value is for three singles only. S.G. CV £3,300

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