lot # 12 - brit. colonies victoria
1854 (June 2): The Original printed Contract and tender for James Campbell and James Fergusson to print the lithographed 1854/57 issue of Half Lengths, the bond endorsed by both printer's on front and their guarantors (for the sum of £ 1'000) for "printing postage stamps and gumming", the contract with a sample of the (somewhat poor quality) machine made wove paper to be utilised still affixed inside the contract - this signed in ink and again in pencil after gumming. The contract internally signed by James Campbell and James Fergusson and by the guarantors (James McEwan, an Ironmonger and John Connell, Grocer) together with the written original schedule: the production of 4 million 1 d. stamps and 2 million 3 d. stamps. Entirely unique and of extraordinary importance to Victorian philately. Provenance: Collection John Barwis, Spink, London, 23 Oct 2012, lot 787.
Michel Catalogue 291: Europe & Overseas