Auction: 15024 - Western Australia from the Vestey Collection
1854-55 Four Pence Blue
The Major Transfer Varieties
The 4d. value was prepared using a transfer of 60 positions from the Perkins, Bacon engraved 1d. plate. The frames were then painted out and individually replaced by transfers taken originally from a drawing of the 4d. frame probably direct onto the stone. Four transfers were then taken from this intermediate stone to construct the printing stone of 240 impressions.
The intermediate stone had carried transfer errors; the most prominent was the "t" of "postage" sliced at foot, which of course then appeared on four positions of Printing Stone 1, in Row 7, Nos. 5, 10, 15 and 20. Printing Stone 1 was used for 100 sheets printed by Samson in July 1854 and for 3 sheets printed by Hillman in January 1855.
Printing Stone 1 was considered unsatisfactory, or the stone broke, after 3 sheets had been printed by Hillman in January 1855. He returned to intermediate Stone 1, which was still available, but noticed that on two impressions, Nos. 34 and 36, the frame had been damaged. He removed the frames from these positions and replaced them with two new ones. This produced intermediate Stone 1A, i.e. intermediate Stone 1 with two impressions altered. However, of the two replacement frames, one was tilted and the other inverted. Each error then occurred four times on Printing Stone 2, as did the other transfer errors, such as shaved "T", present on the intermediate stone among the other 58 positions. Printing Stone 2 was used for 97 sheets printed by Hillman in July 1855
[-] blue showing variety FRAME INVERTED, clear to good margins on three sides, touched along left, rather heavily cancelled by black void obliterator though the variety clearly visible. R.P.S. Certificate (1932). S.G. 3h, £90,000. Photo
Note: Fifteen examples of this variety are recorded of which one is in the Royal Collection and five are in institutions. This is No. XII in the L.N. Williams listing.
Date unknown: Acquired by Dr. Le Quesne
1930 (30 May): Bought by C.J. Philips at Plumridge auction for £550
193(?): Bought by David Bernhard
1939: Bought by Frank Godden Ltd.
1940: C.A. Nelson bought the Western Australia section of Berhard's collection
1942 (Dec.): Bought by the then Lord Vestey for £850 by Private Treay from Robson Lowe
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Sold for £102,000