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Item No. SG/Spec Plate/Letters Description Price Key
1840 2d Blue (SHADES) PLATE 1, IMPERFORATE
BL:Imp:1426
BL:1426
5

DS5

1

FD

1840 2d Blue, a FU+ single, with four good-to-LARGE even margins, somewhat messily cancelled with a black Maltese Cross. W/NW and top NE weak. Cat.900. >200.00
BL:Imp:1743
BL:1743
6

DS6ua

1

FH

1840 2d Pale Blue, a FU single in the SCARCER PALE BLUE shade, with four close(NE)-to-good margins, lightly cancelled with a SCARCE clearly ORANGE MALTESE CROSS. NE weak with Ray Flaws, and 'H' misplaced high and tilted W. Cat.1250+. New!

250.00

BL:Imp:1731
BL:1731
5

DS5ua

1

FJ-FK

1840 2d Blue, a VFU+ SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR, with four good-to-mostly LARGE margins, lightly cancelled with SCARCER RED MALTESE CROSSES. VGL NE and NE weak on both, and both 'Fs' with extended bottom serifs. Cat.2000+. New!

585.00

BL:Imp:1248
BL:1248

BRANDON CERT
PTS CERT
5

DS5a,D1(2)ue

1

JB

1840 2d Blue, a good used single, with three LARGE margins, but cut into at right, cancelled with a RARE MAGENTA MALTESE CROSS. Also WATERMARK INVERTED, a remarkably RARE COMBINATION. 'J' misplaced high left, with missing top right serif. BRANDON CERTIFICATE (2007), and PTS CERTIFICATE (2014), the latter stating 'cleaned to reduce toning'. Cat.12,000 with Magenta Maltese Cross cancellation, and 6,000 with Watermark Inverted.

1850.00

BL:Imp:1522
BL:1522
4

DS1

1

KG-KH

1840 2d Deep Full Blue, a VFU SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR in the DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with four good-to-mostly LARGE margins (close below SW of 'KG'), cancelled with black Maltese Crosses. Letters tilted W. Cat.2000+. 475.00
BL:Imp:1675
BL:1675
4

DS1vd

1

KK

1840 2d Deep Full Blue, a VFU single in the SCARCER DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with four good-to-LARGE even margins, firmly cancelled with the VERY SCARCE black LEEDS 'SPECIAL' MALTESE CROSS. Slight BASAL SHIFT, and letters misplaced high and left respectively, with the E 'K' tilted W. Cat.3000. New!

650.00

BL:Imp:1649
BL:1649
5

DS5

1

MJ

1840 2d Blue, a FU single, with just four margins, very close at left, but good-to-LARGE elsewhere, cancelled with a black Maltese Cross. A LATE WORN impression, showing 'TWO' FLAW, and NE Ray Flaws. Cat.975. 175.00
1840 2d Blue (SHADES) PLATE 2, IMPERFORATE
BL:Imp:1666
BL:1666
5

DS8f

2

BG

1840 2d Blue, a FU single from this SCARCER plate, with four close-touching(SW)-to-mostly good margins, cancelled with the VERY SCARCE RED MALTESE CROSS. NE Ray Flaws, and 'B' misplaced right and tilted W. Cat.1750. New!

350.00

BL:Imp:1745
BL:1745
4

DS7ub

2

BJ

1840 2d Deep Blue, a GU+ single from this SCARCER plate, in the SCARCER DEEP BLUE shade, with three LARGE even margins, but close-to-just touching W, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with the SCARCE RED MALTESE CROSS, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE. Top NW weak, NE Ray Flaws, and letters misplaced to centre, with the 'B' tilted W. Cat.1750+. New!

250.00

BL:Imp:1662
BL:1662
4

DS7

2

DK-DL

1840 2d Deep Blue, a F-VFU SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR from this SCARCER plate, in a DEEP BLUE shade, with four clear(SE)-to-mostly VERY LARGE margins, but vertical crease through 'DL', cancelled with black Maltese Crosses. NE Ray Flaws, N/NW weak, and 'K' and 'L' tilted W. Cat.2500. New!

575.00

BL:Imp:1118
BL:1118
4

DS7

2

FB-FC

1840 2d Deep Blue, a VFU SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR from this SCARCER plate, in the SCARCER DEEP BLUE shade, with four good-to-mostly LARGE margins, cancelled with black Maltese Crosses. NE Ray Flaws, top NE weak, HGL value, and smear through 'T' of value. Cat.2600+ 585.00
BL:Imp:1748
BL:1748
4

DS7

2

LL

1840 2d Deep Blue, a FU single from this SCARCER plate, in the SCARCER DEEP BLUE shade, with four VERY LARGE even margins, but almost invisible filled pinhole on the back of the Queen's diadem, cancelled with a black Maltese Cross. NE Ray Flaws, NE recut, blurs lower W, and letters misplaced left with the W 'L' tilted W. Cat.1400. New!

250.00

BL:Imp:1728
BL:1728
5

DS8xb

2

MJ

1840 2d Blue, a VFU+ single from this SCARCER plate, with four LARGE even margins, cancelled with a VERY RARE 1842 DATED DORCHESTER TOWN CANCEL. NE Ray Flaws, N of NW weak, and 'J' misplaced high left. Cat.10,000. New!

2950.00

BL:Imp:1135
BL:1135
5

DS8

2

NK

1840 2d Blue, a FU+ single from this SCARCER plate, with four clear(SE)-to-mostly LARGE even margins, cancelled with a black Maltese Cross. Blurs value, NE and NW Ray Flaws, and W and W/NW recut. Cat.1000. 225.00
BL:Imp:1667
BL:1667
5

DS8xc

2

OC

1840 2d Blue, a GU single from this SCARCER plate, with three close-touching-to-good margins, but trimmed W, cancelled with a RARE IRISH KILCOCK '262' 1844-TYPE NUMERAL. NE weak and Ray Flaws, and 'O' misplaced left. Cat.2500+. New!

250.00

1841 2d Blue (SHADES) PLATE 3, IMPERFORATE ONLY
BL:Imp:1617
BL:1617
14c

ES11a

3

FA-FB

1841 2d Blue, a collectable SPACEFILLER of a VERY RARE HORIZONTAL PAIR with INVERTED WATERMARK, with virtually no margins and a nasty surface scuff at the NE corner, but lightly cancelled with Ely '275' numerals. 'FA': VGL NE and 'A' misplaced high; 'FB': 'F' misplaced low and tilted E. NOTE: this is the FIRST PAIR (of any line-engraved issue) with inverted watermark that I have seen in 65 years of collecting, and 20 years of dealing in these issues. Cat.1700+ (as two singles). 75.00
BL:Imp:1519
BL:1519
15

ES12f,g,un

3

HD-IE

1841 2d Deep Full Blue, a G-FU VERY RARE BLOCK OF FOUR, with four good-to-VERY LARGE margins on three sides, but trimmed along base and at NW corner, and vertical crease at right, neatly cancelled with FOUR LOVELY strikes of the SCARCE DISTINCTIVE EDINBURGH SPECIAL BALLOON TYPE 6 MALTESE CROSS. VGLs NE all four units, and HGL VALUE on 'HE'. Cat.6000+. 750.00
C:BL:1478
C:1478
14
*

ES11f,i

3

HH-HJ

1841 2d Blue, a F-VFU+ SCARCE STRIP OF THREE, with good-to-VERY LARGE margins all round, on large part ENTIRE LETTER (truncated left) London to Newport (Mon.) on 7 JANUARY 1845, cancelled with London Inland '5' numerals. 'HH': VGL NE, and 'HJ': 'J' FLAW. Cat.1050+. 225.00
BL:Imp:1526
BL:1526
14

ES11f,g

3

KH-KI

1841 2d Blue, a VFU SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR, with good-to-LARGE margins all round (but crease between not affecting either design), neatly cancelled with London District '62' numerals. HGL VALUE (both), VGL NE 'KI', and 'H' misplaced high right. Cat.280+. 75.00
BL:Imp:1529
BL:1529
14

ES11f,g,ub

3

LL

1841 2d Blue, a FU+ single, with four close-to-VERY LARGE margins, cancelled with the SCARCER BLACK MALTESE CROSS. HGL VALUE & SW, VGL NE(f), and SE corner frame-lines extending E and S. Cat.275+. 55.00
BL:Imp:1532
BL:1532
14

ES11g

3

MK

1841 2d Blue, a FINE RARE MOUNTED MINT single, with four close-to-LARGE margins, but just touched at SW corner and slightly grubby, with almost FULL ORIGINAL GUM (somewhat toned). HGL VALUE & SE, and SE corner frame-line extending S. Cat.6500. 650.00
C:BL:1605
C:1605
14
*

ES11f,ub

3

QD

1841 2d Blue, a GU+ single, with three good-to-LARGE margins, but close across top, on slightly scruffy London local ENTIRE LETTER of 13 January 1842, cancelled with a BLACK MALTESE CROSS (SCARCE on cover). VGLs NE & SE, and slight basal shift. Cat.650+. 75.00
BL:Imp:1747
BL:1747
14

ES11d,i

3

RJ

1841 2d Blue, a VFU single, with four close(NE)-to-VERY LARGE margins, lightly cancelled with an English PROVINCIAL numeral, leaving much of the PROFILE CLEAR within. BASAL SHIFT & 'J' FLAW. Cat.140+. New!

35.00

BL:Imp:1219
BL:1219
15/14

ES12g,ub/ES11g,wa

3

TJ

1841 2d Deep Full Blue/1844 2d Blue, a VFU+/VFU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, both with four good-to-mostly HUGE margins, lightly cancelled respectively with the SCARCER black MALTESE CROSS, and a Scots 1844-type numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE on both. A MISSING IMPRIMATUR, showing HGL VALUE, SE corner frame-line extending E, and letters misplaced left and high right respectively. Cat.385+. 110.00
1843-44 LONDON CHIEF OFFICE: NUMBERS IN MALTESE CROSS (PLATE 3 ONLY)
BL:Imp:1406
BL:1406
14

ES11va-vl

3

Various

1841 2d Blue, a selection of six good used mostly 3-4 margin singles, with some faults, cancelled with good-to-FINE legible strikes of the VERY SCARCE NUMBERs '1', '3', '4', '6', '9'(RARE) & '12' IN MALTESE CROSS. A USEFUL batch. Cat.4,550+. 450.00
BL:Imp:1003
BL:1003
14

ES11f,E1vd

3

EB

1841 2d Blue, a VFU single, with four good-to-VERY LARGE (if somewhat uneven) margins, cancelled with a good legible strike of the NUMBER '4' IN MALTESE CROSS. VGL NE. Cat.700. 135.00
BL:Imp:1520
BL:1520
14

ES11vg

3

OD

1841 2d Blue, a FU+ single, with four good-to-LARGE even margins, but tiny marginal nick centre E, cancelled with a VERY SCARCE NUMBER '7' IN MALTESE CROSS. NW corner frame-line extending W, SE ext S, and 'D' misplaced right. Cat.1200. 250.00
BL:Imp:1374
BL:1374
14

ES11vl

3

DC-DD

1841 2d Blue, a FU+ SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR, with four close-to-mostly LARGE margins all round, cancelled with two strikes of the NUMBER '12' IN MALTESE CROSS. Slight basal shift on both. Cat.1,100+. 225.00
BL:Imp:1676
BL:1676
15

ES12f,h,vl

3

GD

1841 2d Deep Full Blue, a GU+ single, with three even margins, close-to-shaved W, cancelled with a SUPERB large part neat strike of the SCARCE NO.12 IN MALTESE CROSS. DOUBLE LETTER 'D' and VGL SE. Cat.550+. 60.00
BL:Imp:1500
BL:1500
14

ES11f,vl

3

OB

1841 2d Blue, a VFU single, with four LARGE even margins, cancelled with the SCARCE NO.12 IN MALTESE CROSS. VGL NE. Cat.550. 135.00
1841-55 2d BLUE (SHADES) PLATE 4: IMPERF & PERF
BL:Imp:1334
BL:1334
15aa

ES16

4

BA

1851 2d 'Violet'-Blue, a GU+ single, with three-and-a-half good-to-LARGE margins, but just touched SW, cancelled with a Liverpool '466' numeral. Printed on the RARE THICKER, LAVENDER-TINTED PAPER. 'B' tilted W, and 'A' blind and misplaced low right. Cat.1500. 185.00
BL:Imp:1189
BL:1189
15aa

ES16

4

BG

1851 2d 'Violet'-Blue, a FU+ single, with four mostly VERY LARGE margins, but just touched at SW corner, and with light horizontal bend upper quarter, cancelled with a London Inland '16' numeral. Printed on the RARE THICKER, LAVENDER-TINTED PAPER. Slight upper border shift (seen in star corners), and letters misplaced right and left. Cat.1500. 285.00
BL:Imp:1587
BL:1587
14

ES14

4

DL

1849 2d Blue, a VFU+ single, with four good-to-mostly LARGE margins, lightly cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Upper W recut, and letters misplaced high right and low respectively, with the 'D' tilted E. Cat.90. 25.00
BL:Imp:1540
BL:1540
14

ES14

4

EL

1849 2d Blue, a VFU single, with four good-to-mostly LARGE margins, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Minor UB SHIFT, lower E recut, and 'L' misplaced low. Cat.90. 22.50
BL:Imp:1591
BL:1591
14

ES14

4

GC

1849 2d Blue, a VFU single, with four good-to-mostly LARGE margins, cancelled with a London Inland numeral. Lower W recut and blurred, slight basa shift, and letters misplaced low left and low right. Cat.90. 22.50
BL:Imp:1378
BL:1378
15aa

ES16

4

GL

1851 2d 'Violet'-Blue, a GU single, with three-and-a-half good-to-mostly VERY LARGE margins, but just touched SE, and faint diagonal crease SE, cancelled with a Nottingham '583' numeral. Printed on the RARE THICKER, LAVENDER-TINTED PAPER. NE corner frame-line extended N, and letters misplaced left and low left, with the 'L' tilted W. A useful modestly-priced example of this VERY SCARCE variety... Cat.1500. 150.00
BL:Imp:1396
BL:1396
14

ES14q

4

HH

1849 2d Blue, a GU+ single, with four good-to-LARGE margins, but diagonal corner crease NE, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Printed on VERY THIN PAPER, with the design showing through on the reverse, and a FINE IVORY HEAD. Lower E and upper W recut, corrosion blurs, and letters misplaced low left and low, and tilted E. Cat.225. 35.00
BL:Imp:1289
BL:1289
14

ES14a

4

HL

1849 2d Blue, a FU single, with four close-but-clear(SW)-to-LARGE margins, and small diagonal corner creases NE and SW, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. RARE WATERMARK INVERTED. Slight upper border shift, and letters misplaced right and low left. Cat.850.

150.00

BL:Imp:1549
BL:1549
15aa

ES17

4

IB-IC

1851 2d 'Violet'-Blue, a GU+ VERY SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR, with clear-to-mostly LARGE even margins all round, but with a horizontal crease, cancelled with Southampton '723' numerals. An example of the EARLY STAGE LAVENDER-TINTED PAPER. 'IB': NW corner frame-line extending N, SE and SW ext S, and letters misplaced right; 'IC': NW ext N, and letters misplaced left and low respectively. Cat.800+. 95.00
BL:Imp:1395
BL:1395
14

ES14

4

KA

1849 2d Blue, a VFU single, with four good-to-LARGE even margins, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Letters misplaced low right and tilted E, with the 'A' blind. Cat.90. 22.50
BL:Imp:1514
BL:1514
14

ES14

4

KC

1849 2d Blue, a VFU single, with four good-to-LARGE even margins, cancelled with a London District '79' numeral. NE corner frame-line extending E, all corners and lower W recut, and letters misplaced low right and low. Cat.90. 22.50
BL:Imp:1547
BL:1547
15aa

ES16

4

LD

1851 2d 'Violet'-Blue, a FU+ single, with close(SW)-to-mostly LARGE margins, cancelled with a SCARCE LONDON DISTRICT '70' numeral (Parmenter Type 70OD2, Rarity 'F' - 'RARE'). Printed on the RARE THICKER, LAVENDER-TINTED PAPER. Letters misplaced low left and high right, and tilted W and E respectively. Cat.1500. 350.00
BL:Imp:1397
BL:1397
14

ES14q

4

LL

1849 2d Blue, a VFU single, with four good-to-LARGE even margins, cancelled with an IRISH BELFAST '62' numeral. Some sulphurisation. Printed on VERY THIN PAPER, with the design showing through on the reverse. Letters misplaced low left and low right. Cat.225. 55.00
BL:Imp:1544
BL:1544
14

ES14

4

NH

1849 2d Blue, a VFU single, with four clear-to-mostly VERY LARGE margins, cancelled with a London Inland '1' numeral. NW corner frame-line extending W (slight), lower W recut, and 'H' misplaced low. Cat.90. 22.50
BL:Imp:1769
BL:1769
14/20

ES14f/F1n

4

PC

1849/54 2d Pale Blue/Deep Blue, a F-VFU+ SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, the imperf with FOUR good-to-LARGE margins, but small thin behind NW, and the perf star WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with Liverpool '466' and Edinburgh '131' numerals. DOUBLE LETTER 'C'; also lower W recut, heavy blur W, and 'P' blurred and misplaced low. Cat.270+. New!

65.00

BL:Imp:840
BL:840
14

ES14e

4

PD

1849 2d Blue, a good RARE UNUSED single, with three LARGE margins, but trimmed E, and no gum. UPPER BORDER SHIFT. Cat.6000. 200.00
BL:Imp:1768
BL:1768

BRANDON CERT
15aa

ES16

4

QG-QJ

1851 2d 'Violet'-Blue, a G-VFU+ RARE STRIP OF FOUR, with margins touching(base of 'QJ')-to-otherwise good-to-VERY LARGE all round, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with English Provincial numerals. Printed on the RARE THICKER, LAVENDER-TINTED PAPER. 'Q's misplaced left, and 'H' tilted E. An EXCEPTIONAL MULTIPLE of this RARE VARIETY... 2005 BRANDON CERTIFICATE. Cat.6,000+. New!

1500.00

BL:Imp:1770
BL:1770
13/19

ES13/F1

4

RE

1849/54 2d Pale Blue/Blue, a VFU-FU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, the imperf with FOUR LARGE even margins, and the perf star off-centre low left, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with English Provincial numerals. The F1 is a LONG STAMP, with one perf hole missing both sides at base (UNUSUAL away from the 'A'or 'T' rows). Heavy blur E, and 'E' tilted W. Cat.210+. New!

50.00

BL:Imp:1382
BL:1382
15

ES15e,q

4

SA-SC

1849 2d Deep Full Blue, a F-VFU VERY SCARCE STRIP OF THREE in the DEEP FULL BLUE shade, with margins all round, LARGE in places, cancelled with Scots numerals. Printed on VERY THIN PAPER, with the design showing through on the reverse, and FINE IVORY HEADS. UPPER BORDER SHIFTS and NW corner frame-lines extending N on 'SA' and 'SB', SW ext W and NE ext N on 'SC', lower E recut on 'SB', and letters variously misplaced. Cat.675+. 165.00
BL:Imp:1548
BL:1548
15aa

ES16e

4

TA

1851 2d 'Violet'-Blue, a GU+ single, with three-and-a-half good-to-mostly HUGE margins, but trimmed upper W and with a vertical crease, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. A LOVELY example of the RARE THICKER, LAVENDER-TINTED PAPER. UB SHIFT, and letters misplaced high right and low right, with the 'A' blind and tilted W. Cat.1800. 195.00
2d BLUE PERFORATED 'STARS' SPEC F1-F2 (PLATE 4, SG19-20,23)
C:BL:1225
C:1225
19
*

F1

4

BG-BH

1854 2d Blue, a VFU HORIZONTAL PAIR, centred low, but with FULL PERFS, on neat ENTIRE from London to PARIS on 18 April 1855, cancelled with London Inland '23' numerals, and with related transit and arrival stamps front and back. The stamps overlap the top edge of the cover, but are happily not damaged as a result. 'BH' shows the SCARCE SPECTACLES FLAW. A RARE COVER... Cat.675++. 250.00
BL:P:1777
BL:1777
19

F1

4

GA

1854 2d Pale Blue, a VFU+ single in a 'BLUE' shade, rather than what I would call 'Pale Blue', WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled low right with a FRENCH TRANSIT STAMP, and a central very faint London Inland numeral, leaving virtually complete CLEAR HEAD. Letters misplaced left and low right, and tilted W, with the 'A' blind. Cat. 100+. New!

45.00

C:BL:1743
C:1743
19
*

F1

4

GG-HG

1854 2d Blue, a FU SCARCE VERTICAL PAIR in a DEEP shade, off-centre left, but with FULL PERFS, on flimsy but neat EMPTY WRAPPER from London to LYON from 22 to 23 MAY 1855, cancelled with London Inland '11' numerals, and with related transit (via Calais and Paris) and arrival stamps front and back. 'HG' is a MISSING IMPRIMATUR, both show many CORROSION BLURS, and SE corner frame-line extends S on 'GG'. SCARCE COVER... Cat.400++. New!

150.00

BL:P:1780
BL:1780
20

F1(2)

4

LD-LG

1854 2d Pale Blue, a FU SCARCE STRIP OF FOUR in a 'BLUE' shade, rather than what I would call 'Pale Blue', off-centre (misperf) low, but with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with ?English? numerals. Many corrosion blurs, and letters very misplaced. Cat. 440+. New!

95.00

BL:P:1776
BL:1776
19

F1m

4

NB

1854 2d Pale Blue, a VFU single in a 'BLUE' shade, rather than what I would call 'Pale Blue', centred a whisker low, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a London Inland '12' numeral. UPPER BORDER SHIFT, corrosion blurs SE & SW, and 'B' misplaced low. Cat. 140. New!

35.00

BL:P:1288
BL:1288
19

F1c

4

ND

1854 2d Blue, a GU+ single, centred low left, with a couple of perf-tips trimmed at SE corner, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral, leaving most of the HEAD CLEAR. With SCARCE WATERMARK INVERTED. 'D' misplaced high right. NOTE: this is marked as 20wi on obverse: however I do not see this as 'Pale Blue', but neither is it 'Deep Blue'! Somewhere in between - otherwise known as 'Blue'... Cat.325. 40.00
BL:P:1778
BL:1778
19

F1

4

OG-OH

1854 2d Deep Blue, a FU+ HORIZONTAL PAIR in a DEEP BLUE shade, centred a little low, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with Scots Edinburgh '131' numerals. 'OG': NE corner frame-line extending E, and 'O' misplaced right; 'OH': 'H' misplaced right. Cat. 200+. New!

45.00

BL:P:1771
BL:1771
19

F1p,Z7

4

PF-PH

1854 2d Deep Blue, a F-VFU VERY RARE STRIP OF THREE, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, on small DATED PIECE OF 3 AUGUST 1855, cancelled with CRIMEA O*O cancellations. 'PH': heavy blur W, and NW corner frame-line extending N; all 'P's blind. Cat. UNPRICED SG used in Crimea. New!

850.00

BL:P:1779
BL:1779
19

F1

4

QE-QG

1854 2d Deep Blue, a VFU+ SCARCE STRIP OF THREE in a DEEP BLUE shade, UNUSUALLY WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with Bolton '92' numerals. 'QE': letters misplaced high left and low right, with the 'E' tilted W; 'QF': SE corner frame-line extending S, and letters misplaced right and low left; 'QG': SE & SW recut. Cat. 300+. New!

95.00

BL:P:1774
BL:1774
23

F2

4

EG

1855 2d Blue, a FU+ single from this SCARCE issue, centred somewhat low left, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Heavy corrosion blurs S, and 'G' misplaced left. Cat.225. New!

50.00

BL:P:1674
BL:1674
23

F2

4

LA-LB

1855 2d Blue, a FU+ SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR from this SCARCE issue, off-centre low right, but with FULL PERFS, on large DATED PIECE OF 24 JULY 1855, cancelled with LIVERPOOL SPOONS, TYPE A16, with arrival stamps at BORDEAUX 26 JULY 1855. 'LA' BURR-RUBS, and 'A' blind. Corrosion blurs on both. Cat.450++. New!

125.00

BL:P:1095
BL:1095
23

F2k

4

MK

1855 2d Blue, a FINE VERY RARE LIGHTLY MOUNTED MINT single from this SCARCE issue, WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, and, apart from a tiny spot behind the second perforation at top left, FULL ORIGINAL GUM, usual crackling and somewhat toned. UPPER BORDER SHIFT, and 'M' misplaced left. Cat.12,500. 1500.00
BL:P:1772
BL:1772
23

F2

4

NG-NH

1855 2d Blue, a SUPERB USED SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR from this SCARCE issue, UNUSUALLY WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled with English SIDEWAYS DUPLEXES, leaving both heads almost completely CLEAR. Corrosion blurs S on both; 'NG': letters misplaced low left and low right; 'NH': upper E recut. Cat.450++. New!

150.00

BL:P:1773
BL:1773
23

F2

4

PH-PI

1855 2d Blue, a FU+ SCARCE HORIZONTAL PAIR from this SCARCE issue, in a DEEP BLUE shade, off-centre low left, but with FULL PERFS, neatly cancelled with a FINE DATED SCOTS KILMARNOCK '203' EXPERIMENTAL DUPLEX of 15 APRIL 1856. 'PH': letters tilted W; 'PI': 'P' blind and misplaced left. Minor corrosion blurring on both. Cat.450++. New!

100.00

BL:P:1775
BL:1775
23

F2

4

QA,QB,QC

1855 2d (Deep) Blue, a GU+ set of three singles from this SCARCE issue, all similarly misperf very high, but with FULL PERFS, almost certainly from the SAME SHEET & CORRESPONDENCE, cancelled with Scots Alloa '7' numerals. Some corrosion blurs, corner extensions, and misplaced letters. Cat.675. New!

65.00

2d BLUE PERFORATED 'STARS' SPEC F3-F6 (PLATE 5, SG23a,20a,27,34)
BL:P:1726
BL:1726
23a

F3

5

AK

1855 2d Blue A FU+ single from the SCARCE SG23a Small Crown Perf.14 issue, off-centre right, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a Scots numeral. An 'A' Row SHORT STAMP. Blurs W, and 'A' blind and tilted W. Cat.350. New!

75.00

 

BL:P:1681
BL:1681
23a

F3

5

FE

1855 2d Blue A VFU single from the SCARCE SG23a Small Crown Perf.14 issue, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a smudged English Provincial numeral. ROUGH PERFS caused either by blunt perf pins, or the sheet being at the bottom of the pile for perforation. Blurs W and value, and 'F' tilted W. Cat.350. New!

85.00

 

C:BL:1654
C:1654
23a
*

F3

5

KH-KI

1855 2d Blue, a FU VERY SCARCE partially separated HORIZONTAL PAIR from this SCARCE printing, off-centre right, but with FULL PERFS, on stained and damaged (at left) empty IRISH WRAPPER Derry to Letterkenny on 28 July 1855, cancelled with DERRY '172' numerals. Clear despatch and arrival datestamps on obverse. Blurs W, many corrosion blurs, and 'K' tilted W on 'KI'. A VERY SCARCE usage on cover... Cat 1050+ New!

225.00

BL:P:1400
BL:1400
23a

F3

5

ML

1855 2d Blue A VFU+ single from the SCARCE SG23a Small Crown Perf.14 issue, centred slightly right, with FULL PERFS, cancelled to the right with a Scots numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE. 'M' misplaced left, and 'L' tilted slightly W. Cat.350. 100.00

 

BL:P:1409
BL:1409
23a/34

F3/F6

5

ML

1855 2d Blue A VFU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, the SCARCE SG23a Small Crown Perf.14 centred slightly low left, the SG34 WELL-CENTRED, both with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with Skipton '714' and London Inland '15' numerals. 'M' misplaced left, and 'L' tilted slightly W. Cat.420+. 110.00

 

BL:P:1434
BL:1434
23a

F3

5

QI

1855 2d Blue A VFU single from the SCARCE SG23a Small Crown Perf.14 issue, centred slightly high right, with FULL PERFS, cancelled high right with a slightly oily London Inland '15' numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE. Heavy blurs W, and letters misplaced left and high, with the 'I' tilted W. Cat.350. 85.00

 

BL:P:1246
BL:1246
27/34

F5/F6

5

BG

1855 2d Blue A F-VFU VERY SCARCE MATCHED PAIR from Plate 5, the Large Crown, Perf.16 F5 the SCARCEST of the 2d 'Stars', the Large Crown, Perf.14 F6 in an UNUSUALLY DEEP shade, both reasonably well-centred for these, both with FULL PERFS (albeit a couple slightly 'nibbled' on both, and the F5 with a tiny faint diagonal corner crease SE), cancelled respectively with an English Provincial numeral and a SHREWSBURY SPOON. Blurs SE and SW. Cat.520. 110.00

 

BL:P:1609
BL:1609
27

F5

5

GL

1855 2d Blue, a VFU+ single of this SCARCEST of the 2d 'Stars', WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a ?London Inland? numeral. Corrosion blurs SE, and 'L' misplaced right. Cat.450. 135.00
BL:P:1401
BL:1401
27/34

F5/F6

5

SE

1855 2d Blue A GU+/VFU VERY SCARCE MATCHED PAIR from Plate 5, the Large Crown, Perf.16 F5 being the SCARCEST of the 2d 'Stars', in a deep shade, off-centre high, with a corner crease and some sulphurisation. The F6 is well-centred for these. Both have FULL PERFS, and are cancelled respectively with London Inland and Scots numerals. Heavy blurs W, and letters misplaced high left and low right. Cat.520+. 75.00

 

BL:P:1305
BL:1305
27/34

F5h/F6f

5

SH

1855 2d Blue A VFU/FU+ VERY SCARCE MATCHED PAIR from Plate 5, the F5, the Large Crown, Perf.16 issue, the SCARCEST of the '2d Stars', WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, the F6 centred rather low, but with FULL PERFS (blunt perf pins causing rough perfs), cancelled respectively with Newport (Mon.) '561', and Blackburn '86' numerals. CONSTANT VARIETY: mark below 'W' of 'TWO'; also heavy blur W, and lower E recut. Cat.565+. 140.00

 

BL:P:974
BL:974
34

F6

5

BI

1855 2d Blue A VFU single, centred a whisker high right, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with an English Provincial numeral. Heavy blur W, corrosion blurs in 'POSTAGE' and value, NW corner frame-line extending N, and 'I' misplaced high. Cat.70. 15.00

 

BL:P:1293
BL:1293
34

F6

5

DI

1855 2d Blue A VFU single, centred a whisker high right, with FULL PERFS, neatly cancelled with an IRISH DUBLIN '186' duplex. Blurs W, SE & SW, and 'I' misplaced high left. Cat.70. 16.50

 

C:BL:1663
C:1663
34
*

F6

5

OI

1855 2d Deep Blue, a VFU single, centred a smidgeon left, with FULL PERFS, on clean IRISH ENTIRE LETTER Coleraine to Ballymoney on 28 May 1857, cancelled with a COLERAINE '149' numeral. Clear despatch and arrival datestamps on obverse. Blurs E, SE and SW, and 'I' misplaced left. SCARCE on cover... Cat.200+ New!

55.00

2d BLUE PERFORATED 'STARS' SPEC F7-F8 (PLATE 6, SG35,36a)
BL:P:1307
BL:1307
35

F7

6

BG

1857 2d Deep Blue A VFU single, centred a whisker low right, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a neat Dorchester '256' numeral. Corrosion scratches in value, and 'G' misplaced right. Cat.70. 16.50

 

BL:P:1175
BL:1175
35/36a

F7/F8

6

BI

1857 2d Blue/1858 2d Deep Blue A VFU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, including the VERY SCARCE Perf.16 issue, both quite WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with a Scots Ayr '27' and a London Inland '21' numeral. Blurs W, NW corner frame-line extending NW and NE ext E (both slight), and 'I' misplaced left. Cat.445+. 115.00

 

BL:P:1308
BL:1308
35

F7

6

FD

1857 2d Deep Blue A VFU single, centred a whisker low left, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a London Inland '8' numeral. Corrosion marks N. Cat.70. 16.50

 

C:BL:1640
C:1640
35
*

F7

6

KJ

1857 2d Deep Blue, a FU+ single, off-centre low, but with FULL PERFS, on small empty IRISH WRAPPER Dundalk to Drogheda on 20 NOVEMBER 1857, cancelled with a DUNDALK '187' numeral. Note: Dundalk CDS is obscured within refolded wrapper. Blurs W, SE and SW, and 'K' misplaced high left. Cat.200. New!

45.00

BL:P:1651
BL:1651
35/36a

F7/F8

6

DD

1857/1858 2d Blue/Deep Blue A VFU/FU+ SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, including the VERY SCARCE Perf.16 issue, the SG35 WELL-CENTRED, the SCARCE SG36a centred somewhat low, but both with FULL PERFS, cancelled respectively with a VERY LIGHT HULL SPOON, and a London Inland numeral. Corrosion blurs SW. Cat.445+. New!

110.00

 

BL:P:1411
BL:1411
35/36a

F7/F8

6

ML

1857/1858 2d Deep Blue A SUPERB USED/FU SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, including the VERY SCARCE Perf.16 issue, the SG35 WELL-CENTRED, the SCARCE SG36a centred somewhat high right, but both with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled respectively with Scots and English numerals. The SG36a has a small surface scuff on the perfs N of 'GE' of 'POSTAGE'. Letters misplaced left, with the 'L' tilted W. Cat.445+. 95.00

 

BL:P:1385
BL:1385
35/36a

F7/F8

6

OF

1857/1858 2d Blue/Deep Blue A VFU+ SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, including the VERY SCARCE Perf.16 issue, both UNUSUALLY WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, VERY LIGHTLY cancelled respectively with DUBLIN '186' and English Provincial numerals. Marked CORROSION BLURS, and letters misplaced high and high right. Cat.445+. 135.00

 

BL:P:1306
BL:1306
35/36a

F7/F8

6

QI

1857/1858 2d Deep Blue A VFU+ SCARCE MATCHED PAIR, including the VERY SCARCE Perf.16 issue, both quite WELL-CENTRED for these, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled respectively with SCARCE LONDON INLAND '46' TWIN, and Glasgow '159' numerals. Blurs and scratches W and in value, and 'Q' misplaced left. Cat.445+. 125.00

 

BL:P:1412
BL:1412
36a

F8

6

TD-TE

1858 2d Deep Blue A VFU RARE HORIZONTAL PAIR from the VERY SCARCE Perf.16 issue, centred somewhat low left, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with London Inland '34' numerals. 'TD': 'T' misplaced right; 'TE': NE corner frame-line extending E. Numerous corrosion blurs and scratches on both units. NOTE: It has been suggested that 'TE' has been re-entered, and completes the notable vertical 'E' Row 'KE-SE' series of re-entries on this plate. However, careful examination of this unit and comparison with the imprimatur shows that the various marks are not consistent with those of the re-entered units above, and most are not present on the imprimatur. Cat.750+. 185.00

 

2d BLUE 'PLATE NUMBERS' G2-G3, PLATES 7-15, SG45-47
BL:PN:1459
BL:1459
45

G2

7

IB

1858 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A VFU single from this SCARCER plate, centred a whisker low, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an Edinburgh '131' numeral. Corrosion blurs. Cat.65. 16.50

 

BL:PN:1163
BL:1163
45

G2,Z34

8

HJ

1859 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A FU+ single from this SCARCER plate, off-centre low, but with FULL PERFS, USED ABROAD, cancelled with a neat MALTA 'A25' duplex. Blur lower W. Cat.42++. 10.00

 

BL:PN:1407
BL:1407
45

G2,Z34

9

JG

1861 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A FU single, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, USED ABROAD, cancelled with a neat MALTA 'A25' duplex. NW 'G' misplaced high left. Cat.25+. 6.50

 

BL:PN:1139
BL:1139
45

G2

9

NJ

1858 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A fine SCARCE UNUSED single, off-centre right, with FULL PERFS, but no gum. In a LATE STATE 1 before the 1866 repair, but with watermark Large Crown Type II. Heavy corrosion marks, blurs and scratches. Cat.380+. 85.00

 

BL:PN:1476
BL:1476
45

G2

12

CJ

1868 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A VFU single from this SCARCE plate, centred slightly low, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a neat Scots Thurso '324' numeral. Heavy blur W. Cat.140. 35.00

 

BL:PN:1480
BL:1480
45

G2

12

IL

1868 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A FU+ single from this SCARCE plate, centred slightly right, but with FULL PERFS, somewhat heavily cancelled with a messy London duplex. W heavily recut and blurred. Cat.140. 25.00

 

BL:PN:1474
BL:1474
45

G2

12

MA

1868 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A FU+ single from this SCARCE plate, centred somewhat low left, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a ?Scots? duplex. E margin narrow and blurred. Cat.140. 30.00

 

BL:PN:1478
BL:1478
45

G2

12

NI

1868 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A VFU single from this SCARCE plate, centred somewhat high right, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with a DUBLIN DUPLEX. Heavy blur W. Cat.140+. 35.00

 

BL:PN:1654
BL:1654
45

G2,Z77

12

OK

1868 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A VFU single from this SCARCE plate, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, USED ABROAD in the Levant, cancelled with a neat CONSTANTINOPLE 'C' numeral. Heavy blurs, and SE 'K' misplaced high left. Cat.140+. New!

40.00

 

BL:PN:1485
BL:1485
46

G3

13

GH

1869 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A VFU single, centred slightly low, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a SCARCE LONDON INLAND '43' numeral (Dubus Type 16, Parmenter Rarity 'F/C' - 'RARE' on cover). Cat.30+. 8.50

 

BL:PN:1153
BL:1153
46

G3(1)

13

IG

1869 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A VFU single, centred a whisker low left, with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an ?English? numeral. E margin narrow, and SE 'G' misplaced high left. Cat.30. 6.50

 

BL:PN:1144
BL:1144
46

G3(1)

14

CC

1871 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A VFU single, centred slightly low, but with FULL PERFS, cancelled with a LONDON CDS. Blur in lower white line, and SW 'C' misplaced right. Cat.38+. 7.50

 

BL:PN:1494
BL:1494
46

G3

14

HB

1871 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A FU+ single, off-centre low, but with FULL PERFS, lightly cancelled with an English Provincial duplex. Cat.38. 8.50

 

BL:PN:1150
BL:1150
46

G3(1)

14

HC

1871 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A VFU single, centred a whisker low, with FULL PERFS, cancelled with an IRISH numeral. E recut. Cat.38. 8.50

 

BL:PN:1492
BL:1492
46

G3

14

TC

1871 2d Blue 'Plate Numbers' A FU single, WELL-CENTRED, but with some short perfs upper E, cancelled with a part London numeral, leaving COMPLETE CLEAR PROFILE within. Cat.38. 7.50

 

BL:PN:1419
BL:1419
47

G3(2)

15

DH-DI

1875 2d Deep Blue 'Plate Numbers' A VERY FINE SCARCE LIGHTLY MOUNTED MINT HORIZONTAL PAIR, WELL-CENTRED, with FULL PERFS, but showing some oxidisation. FULL ORIGINAL GUM. Heavy corrosion blurs. Cat.1050+. 225.00

 

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