œd die proof in pale orange-yellow BW #ED29(DP)1, Cat $7500. See page 184 under Post Office Envelopes. [The œd die was used for UPU specimens supplied CTO, and for a single uprating of Oval 1d green Stamped to Order Envelopes BW #ES65, of which four used examples are recorded. This therefore is the only uncancelled œd embossing in private hands]
Public Auction #186 - Postal Stationary
By: Prestige Philately Pty Ltd
Prestige Philately Pty Ltd Public Auction #186 - Postal Stationary
Prestige Philately is proud to present their first public auction devoted to the fascinating world of postal stationery. Offerings include the outstanding collections of Australian Postal Cards and Wrappers formed by Melbourne collectors John Sinfield and Mark Diserio respectively.
John Sinfield, probably the Number One collector of Australian postal stationery and one of Australia's most accomplished exhibitors, has put together a Postal Cards collection that was awarded Large Gold at the international exhibition in China in 2009. This exhibit also won Large Gold - with Felicitations of the Jury - and the National Grand Prix at Sydney Stamp Show in 2011.
Mark Diserio has enjoyed a lower profile as a collector but both his Registration Envelopes and Wrappers (Large Vermeil at Australia 2013) have been accorded high marks in competition.
Combining elements of traditional stamp collecting and postal history, postal stationery is a field of great scope and inherent interest.
Essays, proofs, varieties and freaks - all elements of serious stamp collecting - are all in evidence here. Especially with the Kangaroo and KGV Sideface designs, such items compete for inclusion in collections of stamps and postal stationery. In fact, many sophisticated collectors hold to the view that designs common to both stamps and postal stationery are an integral part of the story of those stamp issues.
Postal history enthusiasts can also look to used postal stationery for evidence of rates, routes, and postal markings. It should be noted that some postal rates are actually best represented by postal stationery.
In addition, thematic or topical collectors can also find much of interest in the field of postal stationery. Scenic and other illustrated issues are obvious candidates but many subtle connections can also be identified by the experienced thematicist. Collectors of underpaid or registered mail, of advertising and official emissions, will also find much of interest here, including some of the rarest items in the latter fields.
It is these intertwined interests that reveal much of the appeal of postal stationery. This is a multi-faceted discipline that can engage on multiple levels.
In particular, I would draw your attention to what is surely the most comprehensive group of 1917 reissued reply postal cards ever assembled in one sale: Lots 2088 to 2095. Also of great note are the exceptional ½d+½d Kangaroo Reply Postal Card (Lot 2173) and the KGVI+Queen Mother “doubleton” Wrapper (Lot 2354).
Unsold lots available at 80% of estimate.
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Lot #2002 - Postal stationery king george v embossed die proofs
1d die proof in green (close to the approved colour) BW #ED30(DP)1, Cat $7500. Superb! Illustrated at page 184. [The 1d die was used for Postal Cards and Envelopes, including Stamped to Order issues]
Lot #2003 - Postal stationery king george v embossed die proofs
1œd pale brown die proof BW #ES71(DP)1, Cat $7500. Superb! Illustrated at page 240. [The 1œd die was used for Postal Cards & Stamped to Order Envelopes]
Lot #2004 - Postal stationery king george v embossed die proofs
2d die proof in pale pink BW #EP31(DP)1, Cat $7500. See page 186 under Post Office Envelopes, where the entry erroneously states "1œd" instead of 2d. Superb! [The 2d die was used for Envelopes, including Stamped to Order issues]
Lot #2005 - Postal stationery king george v embossed die proofs
5d die proof in orange-brown BW #RE26(DP)1. Inadvertently omitted from the catalogue. [The 5d die was used for Registration Envelopes only]
Lot #2006 - postal cards
including 1911 Coronation x9 different, Victorian Scenes x2 different (and a badly defective Post Office band), Kangaroo 1d on white with 'OHMS' Overprint, KGV 1d red Die II, 1923 2d scarlet, 'ONE/PENNY' on 1œd emerald Without Footnote (Cat $750), 1930 1œd on 1d Die 1, QE 3d Die 1 with 'SPECIMEN' Overprint; and Stamped to Order 1d Roo for Vacuum Oil x2 different, KGVI 1d for Co-Operative Society, KGVI 1œd for Shire of Eltham; etc, some...
Lot #2007 - postal cards
companion used lot including 1911 Coronation Queen Mary x2 different, Victorian Scenes x3 different (one with scarce 'SASSAFRAS SOUTH/VIC' cds; ERD), 'ONE/PENNY' on 1œd brown Without Footnote (philatelic) & on 1œd emerald Without Footnote, 1930 1œd brown with 'TATANA/TASMANIA' cancel & 'WINKLEIGH/TAS' arrival cds, another with 'OS/NSW' Perfin, & on Flimsy Stock; Stamped to Order œd for Department of Defence, "Star" 1d green...
Lot #2008 - postal cards
&/or addresses added including on 1d Fullface x6, KGV 1d red for Shire of Colac (unused), 1919 1œd brown BW #P51 for Bendigo Golf Club, 1924 1d green Die 3 for NSW Government Railways, 1930 1d green Die 1 with 'SECOND CLASS MAIL' added for WD & HO Wills & another illustrated for Yellow Cabs, Queen Mother 1d for Wakes Mail Order & for Myer Summer Sale and 1d+1d for Illawarra Brick Co & Vic Baby Health Centres Association...
Lot #2009 - postal cards
including Italy, South Africa, Jersey, Yugoslavia & Estonia, mostly uprated including 1d #P1 with Victorian œd & 1d Coronation with SA œd, also 1d Coronation underpaid with 'T/10c' h/s, 1d violet + œd to Austria with Pals "Kangaroo" label, QE 3d airmail to Holland but underpaid & with worn '("24")/CTMS/T' h/s of Hobart, etc, condition variable but generally fine to very fine.
Lot #2010 - postal cards 1911 king george v fullface
for a uniform Australia-wide issue featuring an outline Map of Australia, Cassowary & Arrowroot Farming with Vaughan KEVII imperforate 2d essay in sepia affixed at upper-right, endorsed "Rough Sketch/10-8-03/[initials]" across the address panel, chamfered 'POST AND TELEGRAPH DEPARTMENT/C.11710/ QUEENSLAND/11DEC13' cachet in blue on the reverse, central horizontal crease & minor defects from having been affixed to/removed from an...
Lot #2011 - postal cards 1911 king george v fullface
being the 1892 final hand-drawn artwork in India ink & Chinese white incorporating the amendments to Ames' essay, on tracing-paper for the new design for South Australia's 1d Postal Cards, endorsed "JULY 12th 92" at upper-right, minor pinholes at left from having been affixed in a records book. An important proof. Ex De La Rue Archives and Martin Walker/Nelson Eustis. [The heading on the first 1911 issue was derived from the South...
Lot #2012 - postal cards 1911 king george v fullface
1d rose 'ADDRESS ONLY TO BE WRITTEN ON THIS SIDE' BW #P1 four examples showing a range of shades pale pink to carmine, two unused & two postally used, Cat $160.
Lot #2013 - postal cards 1911 king george v fullface
1d rose BW #P1 with message in German dated "5.4.11", 'EUDUNDA/AP7/11/SA' squared-circle. The Earliest Recorded Usage, and as close to a First Day Cover as has been recorded. [#P1 was initially distributed only to South Australia, Tasmania & Victoria. Ewen's Stamp Weekly of 27/5/1911 stated "The postcard was issued 7.4.1911 but is not yet in general use, as old [States] stock is being used up." Most likely, the issue date of 7/4/...
Lot #2014 - postal cards 1911 king george v fullface
1d rose BW #P1 to Holland uprated with WA 1d Swan tied by 'PERTH' machine cancel of 16OCT11, 'AMSTERDAM' arrival cds of 11.11.11 on the face. Overpaid œd. [The message headed "Subiaco/14.10.11" states "This is a new Card issued by the Commonwealth of Australia". This card proves an allocation to WA in late-1911. Queensland received a supply only in mid-1912. #P1 was not released in NSW]
Lot #2015 - postal cards 1911 king george v fullface
1d rose BW #P1 (deep shade) to Germany with SA œd GPO tied by 'SEMAPHORE' squared-circle, private '14JAN1912' arrival h/s in violet on the face, redirected to Ceylon with 'COLOMBO' machine cancel of 11FEB12 on the face. Unusual.
Lot #2016 - postal cards 1911 king george v fullface
1d rose BW #P1 to Germany without additional postage, Melbourne machine cancel & superb 'T/10c' h/s, endorsed "refusé" & "zurück" (= return), black & green/white imperf 'Unnahme/verweigert/refusé' label & Melbourne DLO cds in red, minor blemishes.
Lot #2017 - postal cards 1911 king george v fullface
1d rose BW #P1 to Switzerland without additional postage, Perth machine cancel & 'T/10' h/s, Swiss 'PORTO' h/s & 10c Postage Due tied by Zurich cds, forwarded to Germany with 10c William Tell added, minor blemishes.
Lot #2018 - postal cards 1911 king george v fullface
1d rose BW #P1 with advertising in blue for South British Insurance Co at Adelaide on the face & reverse, unused. [This item may seem to have contravened the admonition but the admonition was an error that was subsequently amended: see Lot 2023. The amusing thing is that the card qualified as "printed matter", for which the rate was only œd]
Lot #2019 - postal cards 1911 king george v fullface
1d rose with Doubling in the Heading 1) affecting 'AUSTRAL', 'WRITTEN ON' & the Shield BW #P1f; 2) affecting 'TRALI' & 'ESS ONLY TO BE WRITTEN' #P1g; and 3) affecting 'RA' of 'AUSTRALIA' & the Curved Line Above #P1h; unused, Cat $1800. Very scarce & probably the first time offered as a "set".
Lot #2020 - postal cards 1911 king george v fullface
1d rose with 'O.H.M.S.' Overprint above the Heading BW #P1e, printed parcel advice for South Australian Railways on the reverse, Adelaide cds of SE12/12, repaired central spikehole & minor soiling, Cat $500. Rare.
Lot #2021 - postal cards 1911 king george v fullface
1d+1d rose with the message-half on unsurfaced buff stock & the reply-half on highly surfaced white stock, the reply-half CTO with 'PERTH/23DE12/WESTN AUSTRALIA' cds BW #P20(1)w, Cat $10,000. Ex Ray Kelly. One of the "key" items for a collection of Australian Postal Cards. [The ACSC notes that five examples - of the two variants combined - are recorded in private hands, of which only one - this example - is CTO. Tim Rybak's unused example...
Lot #2022 - postal cards 1911 king george v fullface
1d rose 'The left half of this side may be used for correspondence' BW #P23 unused; & another with message dated "30 April 1913", 'TANUNDA/AP1/13/SA' squared-circle applied with another corrected strike of MY1/13 alongside. Most unusual.
Lot #2023 - postal cards 1911 king george v fullface
1d rose BW #P23 addressed to F Lucas Benham MD, corner bend; and 1911 (April 26) very early usage of #P1 to the Secretary of the Bern Philatelic Exhibition in Switzerland with SA œd GPO tied by 'PT ADELAIDE' cds, the message signed "F Lucas Benham MD". [Dr Benham was directly responsible for the change of admonition. On 24/4/1911, he advised the Postmaster-General that the instruction 'ADDRESS ONLY TO BE WRITTEN ON THIS SIDE' contravened the...
Lot #2024 - postal cards 1911 king george v fullface
1d rose BW #P23 to Melbourne from a soldier aboard ship, the message headed "Nowhere/12.11.14" with a superb strike of the rare fancy-boxed 'PASSED/...' shipboard Censor's h/s with pencilled initials, cancelled on arrival with a sensational strike of the scarce 'ENG MAIL TPO/IN 7DE14/VIC' cds, a trifle soiled. A cracker!