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Cayman Islands

c. 1688 MAP
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
2001 imageCirca 1688, Early hand-colored printed map depicting the Cayman Islands as part of the West Indies entitled "A/Map of The/Western Islands/by R. Morden", Robert Morden was a British cartographer, as well as a publisher and book and map seller, in London, this map is copper plate engraved on handmade paper measuring 170x152mm, attractively hand colored throughout, detailed annotation in Spanish of the islands and ports of the West Indies, unobtrusive vertical fold ending in a tiny tear in the bottom margin, very fine and a great front piece for a specialized collection. (Image) Est. 200-300

SOLD for $450.00
Will close during Public Auction
PRE-ADHESIVE COVER
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
2002 c image"Aeolus" off the Caymans/September 10, 1803 dateline on folded cover addressed to Captain Grindall of the H.M. Ship "Prince" in Plymouth, England, "3/6" ms. rate crossed out and re-rated "3/-", faint New York oval transit pmk. and Plymouth mileage handstamp, outer part of the cover has some soiling and light staining plus edge faults typical of letters from this period, the entire letter has been placed in an archival skin for preservation.The contents of the letter relate information about the death of an officer, a Lieut. Thomas Livesely, aboard the Frigate "Aeolis". He died a few days after the contracting an illness referred to in the the letter as "fever of the West Indies". The major purpose of the letter was to give the circumstances of his death and to inquire into prize money due to him from French ships recently seized in the Napoleonic wars that had extended to the West Indies. (a typed manuscript of the contents is enclosed)There was no regular postal service in the Cayman Islands prior to 1889. Only a very few stampless covers exist from this period in the form of ship letters. Of the the few known, most are in museums or not available to collectors. It is believed that there are seven or eight letters in the Methodist Society archives in London. The cover offered here is the earliest known cover from the Cayman Islands and is believed to be one of only two such pre-adhesive letters that is still remains in private hands. A wonderful postal history rarity for the Cayman Island collector; ex-Green. (Image) Est. 10,000-15,000

SOLD for $5,000.00
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JAMAICA USED IN CAYMAN ISLANDS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
2003 O S.G. #Z1 imageS.G. #Z1, 1/2p Yellow green, lovely strike of over half of the purple Grand Cayman oval Type Z1 pmk. of Georgetown, dated March 26, stamp is fresh with deep color, a choice very fine example of the 1/2p Jamaican value with this early cancel (Scott #A1; $575.00). (Image) £500

SOLD for $600.00
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2004 O S.G. #Z1 imageS.G. #Z1, 1/2p Yellow green, well centered single with nearly the full right half of the of the purple Grand Cayman oval type Z1 pmk. of Georgetown, clearly dated 1892, trivial toned corner perf. at top right, very fine; clear 1984 BPA certificate; ex-Green (Scott #A1; $575.00). (Image) £500

SOLD for $350.00
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2005 O S.G. #Z2 imageS.G. #Z2, 1p Purple and Mauve, unusually well centered single with purple Grand Cayman oval Type Z1 Georgetown cancel clearly showing the "D" of "Grand" and a large portion of "Cayman", dated 1893, choice very fine; 1984 BPA certificate; ex-Green (Scott #A2; $575.00). (Image) £500

SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
2006 O S.G. #Z2 imageS.G. #Z2, 1p Purple and Mauve, exceptionally clear and early strike of the purple oval Grand Cayman Type Z1 pmk. of Georgetown showing the right portion of the cancel with full "Cayman", dated 1890, stamp is quite well centered with deep colors, very fine and exceedingly choice (Scott #A2; $575.00). (Image) £500

SOLD for $800.00
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2007 O S.G. #Z2 imageS.G. #Z2, 1p Purple and Mauve, the mauve being a brighter shade than usually seen used in the Cayman Islands, nice strike of the purple oval Grand Cayman Type Z1 pmk. of Georgetown showing portions of both "Grand" and "Cayman", dated October 13, 1894, stamp has tiny repair to the top right corner, but attractive and of very fine appearance (Scott #A2; $575.00). (Image) £500

SOLD for $160.00
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2008 O S.G. #Z3 imageS.G. #Z3, 2p Green, beautifully clear strike showing full "Cayman" of the purple oval Grand Cayman Type Z1 pmk. of Georgetown, dated 1892, very fine and attractive (Scott #A4; $1,050.00). (Image) £900

SOLD for $800.00
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2009 O S.G. #Z3 imageS.G. #Z3, 2p Green, exceedingly well centered single with right half of the purple oval Grand Cayman Type Z1 pmk. of Georgetown showing nearly the full "Cayman" portion of the cancel, dated 1891, stamp is slightly discolored as is frequently found on this value, very fine; 1984 BPA certificate; ex-Green (Scott #A4; $1,050.00). (Image) £900

SOLD for $400.00
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2010 O S.G. #Z4 imageS.G. #Z4, 2 1/2p Dull purple and blue, well centered single tied to piece by full strike of the purple "Grand Cayman/Post Office/Dec 20 1892" oval Grand Cayman Type Z1 pmk. of Georgetown, very fine; exceptionally choice and desirable on piece; 1993 RPS certificate (Scott #A5; $1,250.00). (Image) £1,100

SOLD for $1,150.00
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2011 O S.G. #Z5 imageS.G. #Z5, 4p Red orange, fresh single of this scarce value with bright strong color, beautifully tied to piece by a remarkably clear and strong full strike of the purple oval "Grand Cayman/Post Office/Jun 24 1890" Type Z1 pmk. of Georgetown, extremely fine; only a very few examples of this Jamaican value are known used in the Cayman Islands, all with the scarce Type Z1 cancellation; this example, with a full postmark on piece, is believed to be the finest known example of this tiny population; 1971 BPA certificate; ex-Green (Scott #A6; $3,250.00). (Image) £2,750

SOLD for $4,000.00
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2012 O S.G. #Z14 imageS.G. #Z14, 1/2p Green with thin "Official" overprint, well positioned portion of oval Grand Cayman Type Z1 pmk. of Georgetown showing nearly all of "Cayman", dated 1890, very fine; an attractive and scarce official in this choice quality; 1984 BPA certificate; ex-Green (Scott #A7; $1,400.00). (Image) £1,200

SOLD for $1,200.00
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2013 O S.G. #Z15 imageS.G. #Z15, 1/2p Green with thick "Official" overprint, fresh single with portion of the purple oval Grand Cayman Type Z1 pmk. of Georgetown showing part of "Cayman" that clearly identifies it as being used in the Cayman Islands, very fine; an enormously rare official with only a few examples recorded; 1983 and 2002 BPA certificates; ex-Byl, Cooley and Freeland (Scott #A7a; $3,250.00). (Image) £2,750

SOLD for $4,250.00
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2014 Obl S.G. #Z15 imageS.G. #Z15, 1/2p Green with thick "Official" overprint, an astounding block of four with nice central strike of purple oval "Grand Cayman/Post Office/Nov ? 1993" Type Z1 pmk. of Georgetown, very fine; an extraordinarily rare forerunner, this being the largest multiple of an official recorded, in addition this is all the more amazing because it is a multiple of an already exceptionally rare value of which there are probably no more than a half dozen singles known; ex-Green (Scott #A7a; $13,000.00+). (Image) £11,000+

SOLD for $9,000.00
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2015 O S.G. #Z16 imageS.G. #Z16, 1p Rose with thick "Official" overprint, with small portion of oval purple Grand Cayman Type Z1 pmk. of Georgetown clearly showing the "GR" of "Grand" so there is no mistaking the cancel, stamp is well centered and very fine; ex-Green (Scott #A8; $1,400.00). (Image) £1,200

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
2016 O S.G. #Z17 imageS.G. #Z17, 2p Grey with thick "Official" overprint, an attractive single with excellent portion of purple oval Grand Cayman Type Z1 pmk. of Georgetown showing the full "Cayman" part of the cancel, dated 1891, very fine and choice; this official value is particularly rare with the Type Z1 postmark with only three examples recorded; furthermore the example offered here is one of the finest and most distinctly cancelled of this tiny number; ex-Green (Scott #A9; $4,000.00). (Image) £3,500

SOLD for $5,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2017 O S.G. #Z6 imageS.G. #Z6, 1/2p Yellow green, bearing sizable portion of the purple single-circle Grand Cayman c.d.s. Type Z2 pmk. of Georgetown, shows clear and full "Grand", very fine; 1984 BPA certificate; ex-Green (Scott #A10, $700.00). (Image) £600

SOLD for $675.00
Will close during Public Auction
2018 O S.G. #Z7 imageS.G. #Z7, 1p Purple and mauve, tied to small piece by large portion of purple single-circle Grand Cayman c.d.s. Type Z2 pmk. of Georgetown, trivial perf. flaws at top, otherwise nearly very fine; clear 1984 RPS certificate; ex-Green (Scott #A11; $550.00) (Image) £475

SOLD for $425.00
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2019 c S.G. #Z7, 7 var. imageS.G. #Z7, 7 var., 1p Purple and mauve vertical pair and diagonal bisect, tied to cover to the United Sates by easily identifiable purple "Grand Cayman/P. O./JY 7 1896" c.d.s. ("7" inverted), the Type Z2 postmark of Georgetown, via Lucea and Kingston, Jamaica with transit c.d.s. on the reverse, this cover entered the United States through Boston with that city's August 27, 1896 flag machine cancel, backstamped New York, stamps are attractive and well centered with only a few toned perforations, cover is completely intact with mild edge wear causing minor creases at right and a tiny edge tear at bottom, a very fine example of Jamaican stamps used in in the Cayman Islands with this exceptionally scarce cancel.Records do not provide us with the necessary information as to why this bisect was necessary, but the normal reason was a temporary shortage of the appropriate adhesives for the correct rate. This cover is a commercial usage to Messrs. Middleton & Co. of New York City at the corner of Beaver and Broad Streets. The correct rate was 2 1/2p for foreign mail for which the pair and bisect were accepted throughout its travels as proper payment.The use of Jamaican stamps in the Cayman Islands provides the collector with a wonderful group of forerunners, all of which are exceptionally scarce as stamps with the various postmarks of the Cayman Islands. On the other hand, covers with these cancels are of the greatest rarity, with only a handful of covers known for each postmark. The cover offered here reaches new heights as this is the only known bisect of Jamaica used in the Cayman Islands. A great rarity of the early Jamaican period; ex-Green (Scott #A11, 11 var.). (Image) Est. 15,000-20,000

SOLD for $35,000.00
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2020 O S.G. #Z8 imageS.G. #Z8, 2 1/2p Dull purple and blue, exceptionally well centered single with large portion of purple single-circle Grand Cayman c.d.s. Type Z2 pmk. of Georgetown, an early use of this cancellation dated May 11, 1895, light and barely noticeable vertical crease, very fine appearance; clear 1984 BPA certificate; ex-Green (Scott #A12; $925.00) (Image) £800

SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction

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