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Lot Catalogue Number Description Catalogue Value or Estimate
68 P 1 1857 1p Heraldic A very rare engraved Die Proof printed in black on card mounted india paper, large even margins, no more than five can exist according to leading researcher and collector of the past Robert H. Pratt, VF

Provenance: Dr. Chan Chin Cheung, Christie's (New York), September 1995; Lot 2
Sir Gawaine Baillie, Sotheby's, May 2006; Lot 281
St. Aylott, Eastern Auctions, August 2010; Lot 2

Photo (59K)
Est. 6,000.00 +
69 1 1857 1p Brown Violet on Thick White Wove Paper, Imperforate An attractive mint block of six with full to very large margins, brilliant fresh mint with characteristic dull white original gum associated with the 1857 issue, lightly hinged; lower left and lower right stamps are never hinged, VF

Photo (51K)
1,600.00
70 1861 (December 4) Blue folded lettersheet in an excellent state of preservation, mailed from St. John's to Boston and franked an unusually sound horizontal strip of four of the One penny brown violet on thick white wove paper, clear to mostly large margins all around, light oval barred cancellations. St. John's Newfoundland Paid DE 4 1861 just ties corner of left stamp, which is further tied by a clear Boston DEC 17 B. Pkt 5 circular datestamp; reverse struck twice with Boston Mass DEC 17 CDS postmark. A fabulous and exceedingly rare cover - BY FAR THE FINER OF ONLY TWO KNOWN. Very Fine (Unitrade 1)

Expertization: 1983 Enzo Diena certificate

Provenance: Dale-Lichtenstein, Sale 2, November 1968; Lot 608
Claude Cartier, September 1977; Lot 42
Dr. Chan Chin Cheung, Christie's (New York), September 1995; Lot 75 - where it sold for US$57,500 hammer.

Census: Just one other cover with this franking paying the St. John's to Port 4 pence rate to USA is recorded in the Robert H. Pratt census (see page 178). Dated 1857, it is faulty with all stamps heavily creased by a horizontal filing fold.

THE FINER OF ONLY TWO KNOWN COVERS TO THE UNITED STATES (OR ANYWHERE ELSE) BEARING THIS FRANKING. ALSO IMPRESSIVE IS THE FACT THAT THIS BEARS (TOGETHER WITH THE OTHER KNOWN STRIP OF FOUR ON COVER) THE LARGEST NUMBER OF PENCE STAMPS OF ANY OF THE 280 RECORDED COVERS, ACCORDING TO PRATT HANDBOOK. A WONDERFUL SHOWPIECE IN ALL RESPECTS.

Photo (28K)
Est. 40,000.00 +
71 P 2 1857 2p Heraldic Engraved Die Proof (stamp size) printed in black on india paper, mounted on thick card, VF

Expertization: 1980 BPA certificate

A VERY RARE DIE PROOF OF THE TWO PENCE HERALDIC - PERHAPS 3 OR 4 OTHERS ARE KNOWN TO EXIST.

Photo (42K)
Est. 5,000.00 +
72 2 1857 2p Scarlet Vermilion on Thick White Wove Paper, Imperforate Outstanding used single in flawless condition, displaying full to remarkably large margins all around, fabulous colour and deep sharp impression on pristine fresh white paper with clear mesh; light unobtrusive barred cancellation. An absolute gem and easily one of the finest known, rarely encountered in such top-quality, XF

Expertization: 1974 RPS of London certificate

Provenance: Charles Lathrop Pack, Part One, Harmer, Rooke & Co., December 1944; Lot 211

A SUPERB USED TWO PENCE SCARLET VERMILION, DISPLAYING SUPERIOR ATTRIBUTES. CATALOGUE VALUE FOR SUCH STAMP IS IRRELEVANT IN OUR OPINION. ONE OF THE TOUGHEST CLASSIC STAMPS OF NEWFOUNDLAND TO FIND IN SUCH HIGH QUALITY.

Photo (60K)
10,000.00 +
73 3 1857 3p Yellowish Green on Thick White Wove Paper, Imperforate A remarkably choice unused single; characteristic colour and impression, large even margins around, brilliant colour; a nice stamp, XF; 1949 RPSL cert.

Photo (26K)
1,000.00
74 3 1857 3p Yellowish Green on Thick White Wove Paper, Imperforate A rarely seen used pair displaying lovely rich colour on fresh paper, surrounded by large margins, couple negligible tiny scissor cuts in outer margins, a very elusive used Pence issue multiple. One would have to search far and wide to find another pair in any condition, VF

Expertization: 1966 BPA certificate

Provenance: BNA Sale, Robson Lowe Ltd., January 1964; Lot 1343
Amos Eno, R.A. Siegel, March 1959; Lot 145


THE NICEST USED MULTIPLE WE RECALL SEEING OF THIS PARTICULAR STAMP FROM THE 1857 ISSUE.



Photo (59K)
1,400.00 +
75 P 4 1857 4p Heraldic Engraved Die Proof (stamp size) printed in black on india paper mounted on thick card; slightly yellowed but a very rare proof - perhaps 3 or 4 others exist, Fine; 1980 BPA cert.

Photo (41K)
Est. 4,000.00 +
76 4 1857 4p Scarlet Vermilion on Thick White Wove Paper, Imperforate A superb used example of this challenging classic stamp, displaying brilliant fresh colour on pristine paper, surrounded by unusually large margins and with a light barred cancellation. A fabulous stamp that is almost impossible to obtain in such superior quality, XF

Expertization: 1971 BPA certificate

From past experience we have found most collectors were unable to find a sound very fine used example of this stamp. This is the only example the owner of the collection was able to secure over several decades.


Photo (61K)
6,000.00 +
77 P 5 1857 5p Heraldic Engraved Die Proof (stamp size) printed in black on india paper mounted on thick card; a very rare proof - the first we recall offering, VF; 1980 BPA certificate

Photo (42K)
Est. 6,000.00 +
78 5 1857 5p Brown Violet on Thick White Wove Paper, Imperforate A highly select used example, brilliant colour, large margins and a neat oval barred cancellation; difficult to find this nice and much scarcer than mint, XF

Photo (61K)
600.00 +
79 P 6 1857 6p Heraldic Engraved Die Proof printed in black on india paper measuring 39 x 47mm; minor traces of foxing, the characteristics of the die proof are plainly visible, such as the outer ring of the oval through the "STA" of "POSTAGE", horizontal line above "S" of SIX extends into the left "6", etc. A noteworthy and very rarely seen die proof, VF

Photo (44K)
Est. 6,000.00 +
80 6 1857 6p Scarlet Vermilion on Thick White Wove Paper, Imperforate An amazing used example in highly selected quality, noticeably superior to all of the examples we have had the chance to offer, surrounded by unusually large margins and displaying deep rich colour on immaculate fresh paper, light oval barred cancellation, additional corner cancel in red is likely a British transit marking. Easily one of the finest examples one can possibly hope to find, XF

Expertization: 1971 BPA certificate

AN EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THIS NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT CLASSIC STAMP.

Photo (58K)
7,000.00 +
81 P 7 1857 6p Heraldic Engraved Die Proof in superb condition, printed in black on india paper, brilliant fresh on pristine paper, showing characteristic features of the die proof such as continuance of the arc guideline joining SIX PENCE and HALFPENNY into a complete circle in left margin, also shows extension of the framelines in both directions at all four corners, etc. According to Pratt about five examples exist. A fabulous showpiece proof ideal for an advanced collection, XF

Provenance: Dr. Chan Chin Cheung, Christie's (New York), September 1995; Lot 12
St. Aylott, Eastern Auctions, August 2010; Lot 16

Photo (61K)
Est. 6,000.00 +
82 7 1857 6p Scarlet Vermilion on Thick White Wove Paper, Imperforate An impressive used example in superior quality, surrounded by large margins, completely sound and with neat segmented cork cancel, features that are difficult to find on this particular stamp. This stamp is considerably tougher to find used condition than mint. The presence of these superior attributes makes it the more remarkable, XF

Expertization: 1979 BPA certificate

Provenance: Dale-Lichtenstein, Sale 2, H.R. Harmer Inc., November 1968; Lot 624 - it realized US$1,650 against a then cat. value of $550.
"Vaduz" Collection, Sotheby's (London), November 1979; Lot 378

AN EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THIS VERY DIFFICULT CLASSIC STAMP, ACQUIRED FROM THE "VADUZ" SALE NEARLY FORTY YEARS AGO.

Photo (62K)
5,500.00 +
83 1864 (March) Clean yellow cover bearing a full margined 6p scarlet vermilion on thick white wove paper, tied by light oval barred cancellation, from a Way Office in the Interior to New York, via St. John's with clear MR 22 1864 transit backstamp; Boston Br. Pkt APR 1 "5" circular datestamp denoting 5c US postage to collect from the receiver. The accompanying certificate mentions small scissor cut at lower left, which quite frankly, we are unable to see. A striking and beautiful cover - paying the correct 6 pence rate from the Interior to the United States, likely the finest of only five known single-franking covers, VF+ (Unitrade 7)

Expertization: 1986 BPA certificate

Provenance: Robert H. Pratt, Harmers of London, October 1986; Lot 299

Census: This is Cover No. 5, is illustrated in R. Pratt "The Pence Issues of Newfoundland 1857-1866" on page 186 (Figure 82). It is the only cover mailed to New York; others are addressed to Baltimore or Boston.

Photo (22K)
Est. 10,000.00 +
84 P 8 1857 8p Heraldic Engraved Die Proof printed in black on india paper, very large margins all around, fresh and in sound condition; showing die proof characteristics such as extension of guidelines at the four corners, also extension of the oval design into the "HT P" of "EIGHT PENCE", etc. Very rarely offered, perfect for a serious collection, VF

Expertization: 2007 BPA certificate

Provenance: Dr. Chan Chin Cheung, Christie's (New York), September 1995; Lot 15

Photo (57K)
Est. 6,000.00 +
85 8 1857 8p Scarlet Vermilion on Thick White Wove Paper, Imperforate Lower left corner margin mint block of four, bright colour and full, dull white original gum, three stamps very lightly hinged, lower right stamp NH. An attractive and scarce mint multiple; pencil signed by expert A. Diena, VF; 1967 Alberto Diena certificate

Photo (53K)
3,000.00
86 8 1857 8p Scarlet Vermilion on Thick White Wove Paper, Imperforate Two singles used together forming a rejoined pair, large margins all around, brilliant colour and light oval barred cancellations, VF and very rare.

Provenance: Alfred H. Caspary, H.R. Harmer, October 1956; Lot 347
Robert H. Pratt, Harmers of London, October 1986; Lot 100 - sold then for 550.

THE ONLY RECORDED USED "PAIR" OF THE 8 PENCE SCARLET VERMILION. ACCORDING TO ROBERT PRATT, AUTHOR OF THE SEMINAL NEWFOUNDLAND PENCE ISSUE HANDBOOK, NO OTHER USED MULTIPLE EXISTS.

Photo (41K)
Est. 2,000.00 +
87 8 1857 8p Scarlet Vermilion on Thick White Wove Paper, Imperforate A selected used example of this under-rated classic stamp, four even margins around, brilliant fresh colour and neat oval barred cancellation; pencil signed by expert A. Diena with other guarantee backstamp. The 1857 8 pence is much scarcer used than the more readily available mint stamps, VF; 1964 Alberto Diena certificate

Photo (65K)
600.00
88 1860 (May 29) Blue folded lettersheet handwritten at St. John's with "May 25 1860" dateline, franked with a vertically bisected 8 pence scarlet vermilion used as 4 pence for Port to USA letter rate, nicely tied by oval barred cancellation in black, quite clear St. John's Newfoundland Paid MY 29 1860 rimless dispatch datestamp in red, endorsed "p mail via Halifax" and showing large Boston Br. Pkt MAY 30 "5" circular datestamp. A remarkable cover considering that nearly all such recorded covers are addressed to Baltimore (ex Tucker correspondence), in fact this is the ONLY KNOWN example mailed to Boston. A very desirable cover for a specialized collection, VF (Unitrade 8a)

Expertization: 1970 RPS of London certificate

Provenance: Dale-Lichtenstein, Sale 7, H.R. Harmer Inc., January 1970; Lot 23
Stanley Gibbons Auctions, May 1978; Lot 501, acquired there by the consignor.

Census: This is Cover No. 10 in the exhaustive R. Pratt census published in "The Pence Issues of Newfoundland 1857-1866" on page 181.

Photo (25K)
Est. 5,000.00 +
89 1861 (June 6) Folded cover bearing a remarkable franking consisting of a 3p yellowish green alongside a horizontal bisect of the 8 pence scarlet vermilion used as 4 pence for the 6 pence rate to Cape Breton (overpaid one half penny for convenience), tied by oval barred cancellation, clear Harbor Britain double arc dispatch struck at left along with an unusually neat St. John's Newfoundland Paid JU 15 1861 rimless transit datestamp in red; on reverse North Sydney JU 20 arrival datestamp. A Fine cover, somewhat fragile along the edges, slight discoloration near file folds, one of which crosses the 3 pence stamp. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS FRANKING TO THE MARITIME PROVINCES IN PRIVATE HANDS. (Unitrade 3, 8a)

Expertization: 1951 BPA certificate, signed Robson Lowe et al.

Provenance: Colonel E.H.R. Green, Part V, November 1942; Lot 454
Robert H. Pratt, October 1986; Lot 270
Dr. Chin Chan Cheung, September 1995; Lot 105
William Gross, November 2009; Lot 302

Census: This cover is Number 2 and is illustrated in the R. Pratt census in "The Pence Issues of Newfoundland 1857-1866" on page 167. The other known cover resides permanently in The Royal Collection.

THE UNIQUE EXAMPLE IN PRIVATE HANDS SHOWING THIS STRIKING FRANKING - A SINGLE PROVINCIAL RATE FROM THE INTERIOR TO PORT, PAID WITH A SINGLE 3 PENCE TRIANGLE AND A BISECTED 8 PENNY.

Photo (25K)
Est. 10,000.00 +
90 1857 1sh Heraldic, Die I Engraved Die Essay in black on india paper, margins clear of frameline all around and in sound condition. Clearly shows distinctive vertical and horizontal parallel lines in all four triangular corners in place of the flowery ornaments seen on the final (approved) die of the issued stamp, Fine+

Expertization: 1980 BPA certificate

AN EXTREMELY RARE AND DESIRABLE ESSAY - AN UNADOPTED DESIGN OF THE HIGH VALUE AND ONE OF ONLY THREE KNOWN TO EXIST.

Photo (69K)
Est. 6,000.00 +
91 P 9 1857 1sh Heraldic Engraved Die Proof in choice condition, printed in black on india paper, showing the approved flower ornaments in all corners. A very rare and appealing die proof, VF

Photo (62K)
Est. 5,000.00 +
92 9 1857 1sh Scarlet Vermilion on Thick White Wove Paper With Mesh, Imperforate A superb used example of this rarity in flawless condition, surrounded by unusually large margins, displaying brilliant fresh colour with well-etched engraving on pristine fresh paper, neatly struck oval barred cancellation. A first-class example of this classic stamp; stunning in all respects, XF GEM

Expertization: 2018 Greene Foundation and 1959 PF certificates

Provenance: Alfred Caspary, October 1956; Lot 356

AN EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE SHILLING SCARLET VERMILION. THAT ONCE GRACED A PRE-EMINENT COLLECTION OF THE PAST. CASPARY IS WELL KNOWN AMONG SEASONED COLLECTORS TO HAVE ASSEMBLED A COLLECTION OF THE FINEST AVAILABLE CLASSIC STAMPS AND COVERS.

Photo (54K)
14,000.00 +
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