Spink Gives the Summer a Tropical Philatelic Send-Off
SPINK LONDON | On the 24th September 2015, Spink will be auctioning a very important and further part of the legendary Vestey collection and sold by Order of the Trustees. The sale contains a stunning array of items from the Windward Islands, British Guiana, British Honduras, Cayman Islands and Jamaica, bringing a tropical end to the summer. Amidst the sale of 721 lots, stand some extremely singular philatelic treasures that Spink have the pleasure of handling.
The sale's top lot is a Jamaica 1920 1/- orange-yellow and red-orange, variety Frame Inverted (S.G. 85a). The stamp has large part original gum, very fresh colours and good perforations. It is one of the finest known examples of this rare and popular variety and is accompanied by B.P.A. Certificate (2010). What makes this particular item so special is that according to most accounts, this frame inverted variety was discovered by a local collector at the small Post Office in Manchioneal (a village on the north coast) in March 1922. It is presumed that only one sheet of sixty must have been printed, with half the sheet going to Manchioneal and some being fiscally used, while, more than likely, the other half sheet went to Kingston, as a used example of the error exists with a Kingston cancellation. Estimates vary among specialists as to the exact numbers of these errors that still exist, but the number is believed to be between 10 and 20.
Lot 386, estimated: £30,000 - 35,000
Also amongst the rarities of the sale is lot 594 from Trinidad, a very fine "Lady McLeod" 5c. blue (S.G.1) with good margins all round, of superb colour and unused with part original gum. An extremely rare stamp, particularly in such fine condition it is accompanied by an R.P.S. Certificate (1961). This stamp has a very interesting origin. The steamship "Lady McLeod" plied between Port of Spain and San Fernando carrying passengers, freight and mail. In April 1847 the owner, David Bryce, made a stamp available so that those who wished to send letters were able to prepay the charge for carrying them on board his ship, a very unusual practice which makes this example all the more rare and valuable to the discerning collector.
Lot 594, estimated: £18,000 - 20,000
Spink look forward to seeing you in the London auction rooms for this collection of Caribbean philately.
For further details of this remarkable auction please contact David Parsons at Spink:
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