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Auction: 17025 - Bermuda, Crossroads of the Atlantic: A Postal History from 1617 to 1877 - The David Pitts Collection
Lot: 14

(x) The Postmasters' Stamps
W.B. Perot's First Issue at Hamilton
1849 1d. Black on Thick, Bluish Grey Paper

1849 Perot's First Issue at Hamilton, 1d. black on thick, bluish grey paper dated "1849", a superb crisp strike of the handstamp with clear "One Penny" and "W.B. Perot" signature, cut round whilst barely impinging on design
A beautiful example of this renowned classic rarity of which four examples are known struck in black. Of these two are dated 1848, whilst this and one other are dated 1849

B.P.A. Certificate (1987). SC. X1a; S.G. O2, £200,000. Photo

Note: Only eleven examples of Perot's First Issue are recorded with six struck in red and five struck in black.

Of the six struck in red one is known affixed to an entire letter, dated 16 April 1855, in the hand of banker N. Butterfield of Hamilton, addressed to B. Wilson Higgs at St. George's


Count von Ferrary, November 1922, sold for equivalent of £287 to Arthur Hind
Arthur Hind, May 1934
Alfred Caspary, May 1957
Claude Cartier, April 1977, sold for £30,000
Edward M. Gilbert, June 2005, sold for £119,000

Alfred Smith "Alfred Smith's Monthly Circular", July 1897, Bath
M.H. Ludington, "The Postal History and Stamps of Bermuda", March 1978, Massachusetts
L.N. and M. Williams, "Stamps of Fame", 1953, London
L.N. and M. Williams "Encyclopaedia of Rare and Famous Stamps", Vol. 1 "The Stories", 1993 Geneva
L.N. and M. Williams "Encyclopaedia of Rare and Famous Stamps", Vol. 2 "The Biographies", 1997 Geneva
Note: This example is believed to have been discovered in 1904, and subsequently sold to Count von Ferrary

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