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Mayfair is part of the Scholium Group Plc, an AIM listed company who specialise in Rare Books, Works on Paper and other Fine Arts.
SALE NUMBER 18
SUNDAY 28th MARCH 2021
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to our March 2021 Public Auction. This will, of course, be held ‘behind closed doors’ in our Mayfair offices as the pandemic and resulting Government restrictions unfortunately dictate.
Just 10 ‘Room’ lots this time, followed by our all world and Commonwealth collections and boxes ranging from lot 11, the finest mint GVI collection we have handled for some years, to lot 166, a £12 box of accessories! This is followed by a particularly strong section of one country Commonwealth, foreign and GB collections.
Our impressive GB section includes some fine blacks and blues, a superb ‘OP-PC’ error, mint surface printed, perhaps the finest used 2/- brown we have offered, 1883 5/- in block of 4 both mint and fine used, plus an interesting group of underprints (growing in popularity). As ever we have Specimen overprints running throughout, featuring the scarce 1 12d rosy mauve, a superb 2/- brown, £5 orange (white paper), very fine 5/- and 10/- on blued paper and £1 SG 185. Also, note the Jubilee 4 1/2d Colour Trial and the ‘Reply Paid Essay’ pair (of a type we have not seen before). Perhaps the scarcest QV item going under the hammer is the ‘Abnormal’ 4d sage plate 17 Imprimatur, one of very few recorded. Some highlights thereafter include the Ed VII 10d ‘glossy’ mint - a significant rarity - an exceptional range of GV Proofs, u/m Seahorses including the £1 deep green, the DLR 2/6d and 5/- each with reversed watermark, also the PUC 2 1/2d inverted (two u/m examples, one fine used). Two important rarities to point out are the Waterlow Seahorse Die Proof and 1934 Re-engraved set of 3 Imprimaturs (very few of which exist). Finally, our usual interesting and attractive range of QE2 errors and varieties, plus a nice range of Officials, featuring 5d SG O34 mint
The Commonwealth singles include Aden Shihr UPU 1r with ‘Surcharge Omitted’, Australia £1 and £2 Kangaroos mint, Burma 1937 o/pt set, Cyprus SG 7a ‘HALFPENN’ error and £5 Specimen, Falklands Centenary 5/- black and yellow-orange and £1 (2), KUT 1922 £100 Specimen and a group of NZ Postal Fiscals. Also the highly elusive Gold Coast 20/- green and red, the striking and very rare Labuan Postage Due SG D6Ba ‘Inverted Frame’ used, St. Helena 1884 1/- yellow-green u/m with ‘Surcharge Double’ and a fine used ‘Tristan Relief’ set. From Zululand we have not only the £5 mint but two Title Deed Documents, only a handful of which are known. My personal favourite though is the Gibraltar 1889 10c carmine with ‘Value Omitted’.
These are certainly challenging and strange times. The seemingly endless month of January (is it just me or was it at least six weeks long this year?) normally features the York Exhibition and a buying trip to California, sometimes a few days skiing and preparation for the Spring Stampex show. Alas, we live, for the time being at least, in a shrunken world with no Stamp Shows or foreign travel on the horizon. However, the stamp market continues to be both resilient and strong, for which I am truly grateful. To avoid every day seeming like ‘Groundhog Day’ I have been going into the office a couple of times a week. The trains are empty and punctual (still something of a novelty), a welcome change of scenery is provided and my wife and son get shot of me for a few hours! Sadie mans the fort the other days. I’m sorry to say that she succumbed to a nasty bout of Covid over Christmas, but thankfully, seems to have recovered well (and is busy rediscovering online shoe shopping, bossing me around and generally making up for lost time).
One of the little tasks I perform over Christmas is to enter into my newly acquired desk diary (old school) all the forthcoming holidays, weekend breaks, business trips, events, days at the cricket and rugby, stamp shows and the like for the forthcoming year. I had two entries to make for 2021; a blood test in February and the date of our March auction. However, as I write these words in the early days of February, the vaccinations are in full swing, the days are getting longer and a degree of sanity has been restored in the United States. Most importantly, I have just been informed that I have tickets for the first day of the Lord’s test match in August; finally an event for the diary!
Good luck with the sale and stay safe!
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