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Upcoming Grosvenor sale includes Niger Coast

On September 28th, Grosvenor are having a British Empire sale including some Niger Coast and Boer War items. Of note is lot 1399, an envelope from Niger Coast franked with three 1s green overprinted stamps. The cover was last sold at the John Sacher collection of West Africa only as recently as November 2009 and realised £1’200+20%. The estimate is £2’000-2’500… Also in this section there are a selection of mint and used provisional overprints on the Jubilee issue.

The other item of note is lot 1644, a cover sent during the Boer War, showing violet straight line ”CENSORED G.B. BEAK”, incl. the original letter with the message: ”We were supposed to be creating a diversion whilst Hunter and Clements attacked the Burghers from the north. The diversion part of the scheme appears to have been entirely successful, but as yet we have got no news from Hunter”. The cover (address faded) bears a 1/2d vermilion pair unaccepted firstly at Ficksburg where framed ”TE BETALEN” was applied before entering the military post with F.P.O. cancellations. Unusual.

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Grosvenor have rare inverted overprint

Grosvenor had a smaller offering of the Jubilee issue than normal, but they did have two items of note. The first was a 1s green and carmine with inverted “GOVT / PARCELS” overprint, still tied to a small piece of parcel label. Only 12 are known to exist. This example was actually a re-offer from a previous sale, but had its estimate reduced to £3800-4000. However, it still went unsold. Also of interest was a dramatically mis-perfed 2 1/2d purple on blue which fetched £260 plus 20% commission against an estimate of £150-200.

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