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Auction: 15047 - Bermuda from the Vestey Collection
Lot: 2

The Postmasters' Stamps
W.B. Perot's Second Issue at Hamilton
1853 (1d.) Carmine-Red Crowned Circle on Bluish Laid Paper

The design for the Second Perot Issue had been known to have been used by James Thies at St. Georges for over fifty years, and also by William Perot as a handstamp on prepaid overseas mail between 1845 and 1861.

Perot's Second Issue appears on letters dated in March and April 1861, some months after his appointment as a member of the House of Assembly.

Perot's Second Issue bore no indication of value as the First Issue had, and for this issue Perot thought it necessary to cancel each stamp with a pen cross.

The discovery of this Second Issue was made in 1946 when the wife of Mr. Arthur D. Price presented it to him as a Christmas present. She had obtained it from a dealer who thought it might be of interest to a Bermuda specialist.

1861 Perot's Second Issue at Hamilton, (1d.) Carmine-Red Crowned Circle "paid/at/hamilton. bermuda" struck on bluish laid paper, neatly cancelled with a pen cross and affixed on 1861 (9 Mar.) envelope to "Miss Hurst Care of W. Evans Esq. Somerset" and showing a part strike of the "hamilton/bermuda" c.d.s. at left. Exceptionally rare, being one of only five examples recorded, and one of only two known on cover, this example being the earliest and, in our opinion, the finest. S.G. O6, £100,000

Note: Two covers are recorded bearing this Postmasters' provisional stamp, both being to the same addressee. The second example became separated from the envelope it was originally used on. Morris Ludington discovered the stamp. Some years later he acquired the original envelope from which the stamp had been removed

Date unknown: Acquired by a stamp dealer
1945 (Dec.): Bought by Mrs. A.D. Pierce and presented to her husband
1950 (June): Purchased by Sir Henry Tucker for $2,500
1978 (Oct.): Sir Henry Tucker, Sale 1, Lot 60, £36,000
Chartwell, June 2011

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