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Cayman Islands continued...

1907 "1D" ON 5/- GEORGETOWN PROVISIONAL continued...
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
2201 nhbl S.G. #19, 19b imageS.G. #19, 19b, 1907 "1D" on 5/- Salmon and green, inverted surcharge, spectacular top left corner margin plate no. 1 block of four containing the unique inverted surcharge in position 1, together with three normal surcharges, an amazing block possessing stellar features that have all come together in this great Cayman Islands rarity, featuring exceptionally well centered stamps and possessing remarkable freshness with attractive bright colors, in addition all four of the surcharges are exceptionally well struck in the appropriate position, an unusual phenomenon as many surcharges are poorly struck, full o.g. that is lightly hinged in the top margin only, all the stamps, including the error, are never hinged, very fine and exceedingly choice.An apparent shortage of 1p values on November 22, 1907 was the immediate reason for surcharging the 5/- Salmon and green with the "1D" surcharge, followed just a few days later by the "1/2D" surcharge. Despite the scandal that resulted in philatelic circles from the surcharging of stamps, only a few errors characteristic of overprints being applied by hand occurred and they all seem to be honest mistakes. In the case of the inverted overprint this single known example testifies that this was not being done to create varieties. Furthermore, by being preserved in a block of four it provides further evidence of this fact. The stamp that received the inverted impression is the first stamp on the left pane. Undoubtedly this was the first stamp to be handstamped on the sheet. Apparently the clerk had picked up the handstamp in the wrong position and applied this first impression. When he saw the error he shifted the handstamp and applied the rest correctly.A marvelous rarity of the Georgetown provisionals and of all Cayman Islands philately. Not only is this the only inverted error in a block of four but, in fact, there are no other inverted surcharges of this value recorded. This unique Inverted "1D" Surcharge on the 1907 Five Shilling is the premier rarity of the Cayman Islands, and of the entire British Commonwealth. Accompanied by a 1995 BPA certificate; ex-Hadley (Scott #19 var.). (Image) £60,000+

SOLD for $130,000.00
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2202 og S.G. #19c imageS.G. #19c, 1907 "1D" on 5/- Salmon and green, dented frame variety, position L 1/6, crisp mint single of this exceptionally rare variety, rich bright colors, o.g., lightly hinged, very fine; we know from the records of the number surcharged that only eighteen stamps with this plate variety were originally surcharged with the "1D", certainly less than that are available today; 1970 BPA certificate for the surcharge stamp not noting the variety (Scott #19 var.). (Image) £2,250

SOLD for $5,750.00
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2203 nh S.G. #19 var. imageS.G. #19 var., 1907 "1D" on 5/- Salmon and green, slotted frame variety, position L 1/4, this is the constant plate flaw showing a break in the top outer frame near the right corner, a pristine mint single being perfectly centered, exceptionally fresh possessing lovely rich colors, o.g., never hinged, extremely fine; this variety is of equal rarity with the dented frame variety, each having only one example for every double sheet of 120 stamps, thus only eighteen stamps of this variety were printed and even less are still extant; 1990 APS certificate for the surcharged stamp not mentioning the plate variety (Scott #19 var.). (Image) Est. 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $3,000.00
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2204 og S.G. #19 var. imageS.G. #19 var., 1907 "1D" on 5/- Salmon and green, slotted frame variety, position L 1/4, another remarkably choice example of this rare plate variety, wonderfully fresh with radiant colors on bright white paper, outstanding centering, o.g., very lightly hinged, extremely fine; one of only eighteen surcharged and quite likely less than three or four still in existence (Scott #19 var.). (Image) Est. 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $3,750.00
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1907-09 KING EDWARD VII POSTAGE AND REVENUE PROOFS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
2205 P S.G. #28P, 34P imageS.G. #28P, 34P, 1908 3p and 10/- Name and duty plate die proofs cplt. for the additional two values of the fourth series Edward VII issue from the De La Rue archives, each an approximately stamp-size die proof affixed to a piece of the archival page, inscribed at top "Jan 2/60 leads each", dated "Feb 17 08" in red ink, red line across the 3p, very fine archival proofs; quite likely unique in this format; ex-Edmonson, Marston and Cooley (Scott #24P-30P). (Image) Est. 750-1,000

SOLD for $1,700.00
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2206 P S.G. #28P imageS.G. #28P, 1908 3p Name and duty plate die proof, in black on glazed white card measuring 92x60mm, handstamp blue "3 Jan. 08" date at top, very fine and rare; this is for the new 3p value that was not issued until the fourth King Edward series with "Postage & Revenue" (Scott #24P). (Image) Est. 500-750

SOLD for $525.00
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2207 TC S.G. 25TC, 29TC imageS.G. #25TC, 29TC, 1907-08 1/2p and 4p King Edward VII fourth series imperforate trial color proofs, a portion of an "Appendix" sheet dated "16th Octr. 1907/Jamaica(Cayman Islands)" with six different 1/2p values and five different 4p values, plus a 1p Purple and orange De La Rue essay for the new King Edward VII key plate, the seven proofs in the first column are bi-colored in various color combinations and on different colored papers, the extract from the archive states that this was sent to the Crown Agents who largely rejected the proposed colors and wanted single color stamps, so the five trial colors in the second column are basically single colors on various colored papers, which was sent back to the Crown Agents, some toning to the archival page not affecting the proofs, all with large even margins, very fine; an extremely rare collection of Cayman Islands color proofs in their historical setting; ex-Green (Scott #21TC, 25TC). (Image) Est. 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $4,000.00
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2208 TC image1907-08 King Edward VII Imperforate "Imperium" color trials, two "Appendix" sheets, one dated "13th December 1907/Cayman Islands" with 6p Purple on yellow (for the 3p value) and 6p Purple and blue on blue (for the 10/- value, but not issued in this color combination), the second sheet dated "6th January 1908/Cayman Islands" bearing six similar 6p color trials in colors for the issued 3p, 4p, 1/-, 5/-, and 10/-, the last now in the Green and red on green differing from the December sheet, manuscript "Approved for values stated/ W. M./7. 1. 08" at bottom, a very rare group using these universal color trials but specifically designating them for the Cayman Islands, quite likely unique as such; ex-Edmondson, Marston and Cooley. (Image) Est. 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $3,750.00
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1907-09 KING EDWARD VII POSTAGE AND REVENUE SPECIMENS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
2209 S S.G. #25S-34S imageS.G. #25S-34S, 1907-08 1/2p to 10/- King Edward VII fourth series with "Specimen" overprints cplt., overall well centered with bright colors, o.g., tiny hinge thin in the 2 1/2p, otherwise fine-very fine; actually scarcer than the catalog values imply as only 449 sets were sent to the U.P.U. which is much less than the previous Edward series (Scott #21S-30S; $375.00). (Image) £325

SOLD for $190.00
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2210 S S.G. #26S-34S var. imageS.G. #26S-34S var., 1907-08 1p to 10/- King Edward VII third series with "Specimen" overprints and "Ultramar" handstamps cplt. except for the 1/2p value, less than 30 sets of the U.P.U. specimen sets were overprinted "Ultramar" by the Portuguese authorities for distribution to the Portuguese Colonies, without gum as usual and slightly changed colors from having been soaked, 1p with a couple short perfs., otherwise fine-very fine and very scarce (Scott #22S-30S var.). (Image) Est. 400-500

SOLD for $575.00
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2211 S S.G.#25S-30S var., 38S va imageS.G.#25S-30S var., 38S var., 1907-08 1/2p to 10/- King Edward VII fourth series with "Specimen" overprints from the Madagascar archives, large ledger page 132 with three complete sets of specimens including the 1/4p Brown, each affixed and cancelled by large red "Postes et Telegraphes/Collection de Berne/Madagascar" circular handstamp, signed by "Le Directeur/des Postes et Telegraphes" at bottom, one 1/- value with damaged corner in separating, very fine; the U.P.U. at this time was sending strips of only three to the member nations (this explains why these specimens are scarcer than previous Edward VII issues), it was the practice of Madagascar to separate the stamps and affix them to ledger sheets; extremely rare and certainly unique as such; a wonderful addition to a specialized collection of the Cayman Islands (Scott #21S-30S var.). (Image) Est. 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $2,500.00
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2212 og S.G. #28S var. imageS.G. #28S var., 1908 3p Purple on yellow with "Specimen" overprint, broken "M" variety, a constant variety showing a substantial break in the left leg of the "M" in "Specimen", position 7/5 of both panes, well centered, o.g., very fine; with the reduction to 449 sets of specimens sent to members of the U.P.U. the number of possible examples of this variety was reduced to only seven or eight examples originally overprinted and it is conceivable that this is the only example of this value available to collectors (Scott #24S var.). (Image) Est. 500-750

SOLD for $950.00
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1907-09 KING EDWARD VII POSTAGE AND REVENUE STAMPS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
2213 og S.G. #25-34 imageS.G. #25-34, 1907-09, 1/2p to 10/- King Edward VII fourth series cplt., attractive mint set, overall exceptionally well centered, nice colors, o.g., few light h.r., very fine (Scott #21-30; $395.00). (Image) £300

SOLD for $220.00
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2214 og S.G. #25-34 imageS.G. #25-34, 1907-09, 1/2p to 10/- King Edward VII fourth series cplt., fresh set with strong colors, well centered for this difficult series, o.g., a couple low values with h.r., very fine (Scott #21-30; $395.00). (Image) £300

SOLD for $210.00
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2215 OO S.G. #25-24 imageS.G. #25-34, 1907-09, 1/2p to 10/- King Edward VII fourth series cplt., a scarce used set with three values tied to piece, most have Georgetown Type 5 pmk. including the seldom seen 10/-, however the 1/2p has Type 2 Stake Bay double circle c.d.s. and the 1p, 2 1/2p and 3p have scarcer Boddentown Type 2 double arc c.d.s., the last two being tied to piece with full postmark, remarkably well centered with strong colors, o.g., very fine-extremely fine; 1992 BPA certificate for the 10/- value (Scott #21-30; $593.10+). (Image) £450+

SOLD for $450.00
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2216 ogbl S.G. #25-30 var., 32-34 v imageS.G. #25-30 var., 32-34 var., 1907-09 1/2p to 10/- King Edward VII fourth series plate flaws, singles of all values are present, the 1/- is on multiple Crown and "CA" watermarked paper, all of these show the broken frame in the top right corner of the name tablet, plus a 3p block of four with Spaven's flaw below the "AN" of "Island" in the top left stamp (position L 1/3), plus broken frames in the other positions, fresh and attractive, o.g., very fine (Scott #21-26 var., 28-30 var.). (Image) Est. 400-500

SOLD for $325.00
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1907-09 KING EDWARD VII POSTAGE AND REVENUE POSTAL HISTORY
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
2217 O S.G. #25 image S.G. #25, 1907 1/2p Green, tied to piece by extremely rare "Canceld/1.26.09/Btwn" red manuscript cancel, Type 1 of Boddentown, stamp is well centered and attractive, the piece was cut so it removes a small portion of the Boddentown abbreviation, very fine; the early history of the Boddentown post office is shrouded in mystery, it is believed that this post office was operating in late 1908 and early 1909 prior to having the first handstamp c.d.s. cancel, Type 2, during this period a red manuscript cancellation was applied, only a very few such items have been preserved, the piece offered here is a long and well known example, it was studied by Watkins with others and pronounced a genuine postal usage, not a revenue, it was illustrated and described in the 1946 A. J. Watkin auction catalog of Robson Lowe, and was also probably in the Meredith collection, Giraldi and McCann discussed this marking and illustrated this piece as an example of this cancellation in their work The Postal History of Cayman Islands, more recently it was submitted to the British Philatelic Association who declined to give an opinion, which is quite surprising given the long history and the judgment of some of the best scholars in the field; an interesting rarity of considerable historical significance; ex-Watkin (Scott #21). (Image) Est. 750-1,000

SOLD for $575.00
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2218 c S.G. #25 image S.G. #25, 1907 1/2p Green, a single franking on return envelope of the Pan-American Collection Agency, posted to the United States, tied by nice "Georgetown/Grand Cayman/DE 9 09" c.d.s., Type 5 pmk., marked due by Cayman Island's "T" in circle, violet "Centimes/40" in circle and black "Due 8" of the United States, on the reverse are United States 2c Deep Claret strip of three and single of the 1895 postage dues (Scott #39) with Philadelphia pre-cancelled ovals, trace of toning to the stamp and filing pin holes in cover, very fine and rare postage due cover; 1999 BPA certificate (Scott #21). (Image) Est. 300-400

SOLD for $475.00
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2219 c S.G. #25, 26 imageS.G. #25, 26, 1907 1/2p Green and 1p Carmine, single of the former and two pairs of the 1p tied to attractive registered cover to the United States by "George Town/Grand Cayman/SE 14 08" c.d.s., Type 4 pmk., Kingston registry oval on the front and Philadelphia transit on the reverse, backstamped Mount Carmel, Conn., very fine (Scott #21, 22). (Image) Est. 200-300

SOLD for $210.00
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2220 c S.G. #25,26, 28 imageS.G. #25, 26, 28, 1907-08 1/2p Green, 1p Carmine and 3p Purple on yellow, singles of each tied to commercial registered cover by "Georgetown/Grand Cayman/AU 31 11" c.d.s., Type 5 pmk., with "Grand Cayman" registry label, type R3, on the front, Havana transit and backstamped New York, very fine and attractive three-color franking paying the 2 1/2p foreign letter rate and 2p registry fee (Scott #21, 22, 24). (Image) Est. 200-300

SOLD for $120.00
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