1889 4d on 1/2d Vermilion Overprint Essays

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Little is known about these essays produced by Messrs. Townshend for the 1889 Protectorate 4d on ½d vermilion. Mention of them is made in Holmes’ book but he doesn’t illustrate any. From what I’ve found appearing in auction catalogues over the years, there seems to be three types; “PROTECTORATE / FOURPENCE”, “Protectorate / 4D” and “Protectorate / 4d”.

PROTECTORATE / FOURPENCE

Ex Dennis Firth (Cavendish Sep 2016 lot 87 realised £1’200 plus commission)

Ex Holmes

Ex Koi (David Feldman Dec 2018 lot 30420)

Cert. BPA (1984)

History: Western Auctions Ltd Sep 1984; Illustrated in The Runner Post Dec 1994 p.794

Protectorate / 4D

History: Illustrated in The Runner Post Sep 1991 p.447; Ex Koi (David Feldman Dec 2018 lot 30421)

Cert. BPA (1984)

History: Western Auctions Ltd Sep 1984; Illustrated in The Runner Post Dec 1994 p.794

Protectorate / 4d

Cert. RPS

History: Illustrated in The Runner Post Sep 1991 p.447; Ex David Wessely (Argyll Etkin May 2010 lot 697 realised £1’500 plus commission)

History: Illustrated in The Runner Post March 1993 p.599

 

Bibliography

The Runner Post, September 1991 p.447
The Runner Post, March 1993 p.599
The Runner Post, December 1994 p.794

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