Lot 1373 British Commonwealth extensive mostly Used Collection of Queen Victoria to King George V Era in Six Lighthouse Binders with Matching Slipcases, 1840 to 1937, all on Stanley Gibbons pages for all countries (Aitutaki to Zululand), with most countries well represented. A lovely and very valuable collection left intact, and loaded with better singles and sets, way too many to list here. We estimate 90-95% of the collection to be used, rest is mostly mint hinged but we noted some never hinged in black mounts. Starts with Great Britain, with Penny Blacks (x4) and a Penny Blue, a mint #4 with original gum, four embossed QVs (3 are cut to shape), perforated Penny Red plated up to #224 (223 is mint), plus a number of other plated issues such as the ½d rose (all plates but #14), and much more (owner catalogued the GB long ago at $36,900). The owner catalogued many of the pages or countries long ago, many pages having a high catalogue value, several in the $500 to $1,000 range and more. For example we catalogued Malta alone at $3,775 (owner had $3,067). There are also a large quantity of expensive single stamps and sets in this collection, many cataloguing in the $50 to $200 range (and often much more), with many Shilling and Pound values throughout. The postmarks are for the most part clean, with most of the high values being postally used (a few are not). A much better collection than is normally seen. We have scanned over 150 pages online, just as a small sample. We highly recommend viewing this one in person to further appreciate the better than average quality, variety and very high catalogue value of this lovely collection. Overall fine to very fine. Estimate $15,000, sold for C$11,500.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 1456 Great Britain Mint and Used Collection, 1840 to 2014 in seven Stanley Gibbons padded albums with their matching slipcases. The collection is mostly used up to about 1935, followed by a short period where there is a mint and a used, and from the 1940s and on the collection is mint never hinged only (except for Machin heads which are mixed, and a few items here and there). There is a high level of completeness from 1840 to 1990 (missing only a few stamps such as the three QV £, etc) and from 1990 to the end there are various levels of completeness. Strongest in the early period (we catalogued from 1840 to 1913 in Stanley Gibbons at £19,065, not counting better plates or shades, etc), plus the large amount of mint values and the extensive showing of Machin heads. The quality is quite nice throughout, with the early issues having mostly nice c.d.s. cancels (including the high values, which we left in the collection), the early imperforates mostly have four margins, and the rest is overall very fine. Well worth a close look, as this is worthy of continuation. See our scans online to get an appreciation of the early material. Estimate $1,000, sold for C$2,200.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 1464 Great Britain Extensive Collection of Mint Control Number Singles and Multiples, 1881 to 1951, all neatly displayed and well described on 87 pages in a spring back album. First page is full of Queen Victoria issues, followed by King Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, and ends with George VI and a few Postage Dues. The majority of the collection is mint, with a few pages at the end of used, and we note that many of the mint are hinged in the margin only. A remarkable collection which would have taken a long time to assemble, which shows a lot of variety, including perforated and imperforate margins, a large range of letters and numbers in margin, different plate markings, different rule markings, printings and much more. We counted the Scott catalogue value for the mint stamps only at $2,528 which does not take into account all of the never hinged premiums, nor the premiums Stanley Gibbons gives for the control numbers, and each denomination was counted at the cheapest printing or shade (there are many good shades here). A clean collection, with many bright colours and mostly fresh material. See scans online for a sneak peek. Estimate $500, sold for C$1,250.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.