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

Lot 865, Great Britain 1840 penny black on folded letter with Maltese Cross and Charing Cross straightline, sold for $1035

Lot 865, Great Britain 1840 penny black on folded letter with Maltese Cross and Charing Cross straightlineLot 865 Great Britain 1 1840 1d black Queen Victoria Imperforate on Folded Letter, a four margin stamp identified by owner as plate 6 MI, tied by red Maltese Cross plus a black “Charing Cross” straightline cancel to a lovely folded letter to the Earl of Stair (with interesting contents) to Oxenfoord Castle, Scotland. Back shows despatch and receiving cancels OCT.28.1840. Very fine and scarce. Scott CV U$640, sold for C$900 plus 15% buyer’s premium.

Lot 359, Great Britain 1840 one pence black Victoria VR Official, unused plate GB, sold for $15,525

Lot 359, Great Britain 1840 one pence black Victoria VR Official, unused plate GBLot 359 Great Brtain #O1 1840 1p black Queen Victoria “VR” Official, unused (no gum), from plate position GB (ideal thus), with four large and balanced margins, crisp impression and deep colour, with only a thin at left (not visible from the front). Very fine. Accompanied by a 1984 Friedl (New York) certificate and a 2015 Philatelic Foundation (New York) certificate. A great world rarity and worthy of the finest collection. S.G. #V1 £32,000. Scott CV U$35,000, sold for C$13,500 plus buyer’s premium.
1984 Friedl Certificate2015 Philatelic Foundation certificate