Special Commentary - 7 February, 2005
The Edward M. Gilbert Collection of Newfoundland Stamps
Sale by H.R. Harmer Inc.
October 22, 2004
The outstanding Gilbert collection of Newfoundland stamps and postal history was sold by Harmers of New York last October. It was a most successful auction and realized 40% over the presale estimate.
We thought our viewers would like to see some of the top items since these stamps are so beautiful and rarely seen. We present below three outstanding singles and a cover. As you will see, these four items drew amazing prices.
1857 – 62 PENCE ISSUES
(All figures are in $US)
1857 2d Scarlet Vermillion, unused as are virtually all surviving examples, an exceptionally well margined single of this sought-after B.N.A. rarity, possessing considerably larger margins than typically found on most existing copies, plus its color is absolutely radiant and the paper is uncommonly crisp and clean, completely sound, Extremely Fine; only 3000 stamps were printed most of which were used, this large- margined example is clearly one of the finest unused singles extant; signed Calvas and 1997 B.P.A. certificate.
1860 1/- Orange, unused as are virtually all surviving examples, an especially choice and desirable example of this most sought-after stamp, which is among the greatest rarities in all Newfoundland philately, featuring uncommonly large even margins all around, plus it retains a degree of freshness few others enjoy, with excellent color and a deeply etched impression on clean and crisp paper, Extremely Fine; a mere 1000 copies were printed, most of which were used, this premium quality unused single most certainly is a among the finest examples available; 1974 B.P.A. certificate.
AIR POST STAMPS
1927 60¢ Black “ Air Mail/ De Pinedo/ 1927” Overprint, an impressive left sheet margin example of this air post rarity, exceptionally well centered within large balanced margins, very fresh with intense color on bright paper, full original gum, Extremely Fine; certainly among the finest mint singles extant; a mere 300 stamps were overprinted, of these 230 were used on covers and four were damaged and destroyed, the remaining 66 were presented to De Pinedo, government officials and others, and some of these have been lost; signed Economist and Bloch and accompanied by 1979 Friedl certificate.
Estimate $30,000-$ 40,000
1860 1/- Orange, Half Used as 6d, the left vertical half, with three ample to clear margins, well tied on both sides by an oval of bars cancellation to fresh folded cover to London, mostly clear red “ St. Johns Newfoundland/ paid/De 19, 1860”c.d.s. and bold red “London/ Ja 7 61 “ arrival postmark, endorsed “ Mail via Halifax” at top, Extremely Fi ne and handsome; one of the key covers of Newfoundland Philately, the Dale- Lichtenstein collection contained an example on piece, this however, is the only recorded 1/- orange bisect cover; in addition to being the only known franking by the 1/- orange, as no whole stamps on cover are known, Pratt census #1; 1956 P.F. certificate; ex Carey Fox, Clifford-Jones and Chan.
(For the information of our Canadian viewers, the conversion rate on the date of the auction was $1 US = $1.238 Cdn.)
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