Our 59th sale was an online auction only, comprising over 900 lots offering a wide range of material.
In the Australian Colonies there is an extensive range of Tasmanian postal history, with strength in the stampless period and including some rare markings and usages, a 1d ‘Courier’ strip of 4 used on cover, a complete set of the ‘Courier’ 1889 reprints in complete sheets, and a group of 1d town rate covers. Victoria has a small group of SPECIMEN overprints which includes new discoveries, and a collection of the 1901-13 Federal Period with many multiples and monograms in the finest available condition. Western Australia completes the Colonial section with some useful collection lots and some rarely offered watermark varieties.
Australian Commonwealth has a wide range of Kangaroos to suit all tastes, and the King George V issues include a wide range of 1d Reds, and there are bulk lots of many of the George V commemoratives. The King George VI issues have some good plate numbers, there is a set of rarely-offered 1946 Sir Thomas Mitchell die proofs, and other interesting specialist material. There is a range of presentation die proofs for Queen Elizabeth II, the best of which is probably the pair of 1953 Produce Food in strips of 3, and there is also a set of the attractive Eileen Mayo watercolour sketches for her 1959 Fauna series. The few decimal lots includes a die proof of the 1970 6c QEII definitive that has never been offered on the philatelic market before. Australia is completed by an extensive offering of postal stationery and a wide range of postal history, including aerophilately.
From the Rest of the World there is a remarkable accumulation of Canadian instructional markings, followed by a specialised collection of Cook Islands 1949-1967 issues including essays and proofs as well as extensive studies of the various issues. There is a fine range of German Colonies with Yacht high values in fine condition, and Great Britain, with QV surface-printed SPECIMEN overprints, including some very rare items. Finally, the Richard Peck collection of Tristan da Cunha includes examples of all the locally-produced cachet types, as well as fascinating correspondence from ‘the loneliest island in the world’.