Lot 1458 1930.OCT.30 England to Australia Flight by Mr. Oscar Garden, mailed from Calcutta on OCT.30 to Stephen Smith in Rangoon, with boxed purple cachet reading “ENGLAND – AUSTRALIA FLIGHT / With Mr. Oscar Garden, Across the Bay of Bengal” plus a “Calcutta to Rangoon” air mail label. Franked with a block of four 3a plus a pair of ½a on back, with Rangoon arrival on NOV.1. Signed by Stephen Smith on back and Oscar Garden on front. Very fine and a very rare cover, with only 11 flown. From the Pont Collection. Estimate $500, sold for C$1,250.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 1572 India APR.3.1931 Calcutta to Port Darwin Australia Flight Cover, franked with a pair of ½a and a single 1a KGV pictorial definitives, plus an Australian 2d stamp tied by Darwin c.d.s. dated APR.24. The cover has a purple cachet depicting a lion and “BRITISH FLIGHT / ENGLAND – AUSTRALIA” plus the pilot names. Also a violet “DETAINED TILL 5th APRIL / ENGINE OVERHAULED” handstamp on front. Back shows two Park Street Calcutta c.d.s. dated APR.3 and MAY.25 alongside Stephen Smith signature. Very fine, with only 43 items flown. From the The Leon Victor Pont Collection of Early India, New Zealand and Worldwide Pioneer Flight Covers. Estimate $300, sold for C$1,250.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 509 Australia #J1S-J20S 1902-04 First Two Sets of Postage Dues with Various SPECIMEN Overprints, with 44 stamps (missing a few values in range) all on two large sheets, with several strikes of “POSTES ET TELEGRAPHES / MADAGASCAR / COLLECTION DE BERNE” handstamps in red. There is a notation at bottom of first sheet reading “Quarante deux figurines postales / Certifié conforme” and signed by the “Directeur des Postes et Télégraphes”, second sheet similar except “Trois figurines…”. We note different SPECIMEN overprints, either serifed or non serifed, horizontal or vertical (reading up or down). There is another stamp on the first sheet, that of New South Wales Scott #108 (specimen overprint catalogues $52). A great group, likely unique and a must have for any serious Australia collector. Both pages scanned online. Rsv. Estimate $2,000, sold for C$1,900.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 822 Australia #15 1913 £2 deep rose and black Kangaroo, Watermark Wide Crown Wide A, mint and lightly hinged, this is a fresh and attractive stamp with great colour and centered to bottom, fine-very fine. Scott CV U$8,500. [See also lots 817-838.]
Lot 821 Australia #14 1913 £1 ultramarine and brown Kangaroo, Watermark Wide Crown Wide A, mint and very lightly hinged, very fine and fresh. An exceptional stamp. Scott CV US$4,000. [See lots 817-838 for more Kangaroos.]