The sale commenced with a substantial range of Collections and Accumulations with strength in Commonwealth countries, notably from the West Indies, the Falkland Islands and Dependencies. The Australian Colonies featured better Victoria, with selected Half-lengths, rare Proofs and Postal History, including a newly discovered Hellespont entire - probably the finest known, and Western Australia with a seldom offered selection of Probate and Supreme Court postal fiscals.
Australian Commonwealth featured Kangaroos to £2, including a Sperati forgery and the second recorded example of the Second Wmk 5/- punctured OS with doubly printed frame through the top of the stamp. The King George V period included a 4d Violet Harrison imprint block and a 5/- Sydney Harbour Bridge imprint strip, while the highlight of this sale was the Australian Booklet section. Covering the period 1911-2007, this is one of the best selections we had offered and was notable for the fine condition of the earlier issues, which included a rare 1926 Essay for the 2/3d KGV booklet. Postage Dues featured material from the John Larson collection, with many better singles to 20/-, varieties, a range of imprints and studies of each series offered intact.
Rest of the World highlights included British West Indies; Great Britain, with the 1876 unissued 8d (SG 156a); rare Nauru plate numbers; New Zealand, with the major portion of John Larson’s postage dues, including multiples, varieties and studies of each issue; and in Papua New Guinea a further offering of proofs from the Courvoisier Archive.