Mafeking – 1d on 1/2d Vermilion – Multiples

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This is the largest known block of any Mafeking stamp known to exist. It has come from the collections of Freund and Maria de La Queillerie.


A block of 12 showing two complete rows of the setting from 1-6

History: Ex “Goodyear”, Christie’s Robson Lowe, June 1993, lot 23; Ex “Besançon”, Corinphila, June 2019, lot 4240, sold CHF1’200 plus commission


A horizontal strip of six showing the complete setting, on piece with “AP 13” cds., folded between three stamps, fine, cert. Brandon (1993).

History: Harmers SA February 1994 lot 1528 SFr1’300; Harmers of London 9th Jul. 1997 lot 929 est.£500; Spink (12 January 2011 lot 236 realised £650+20%); currently for sale by David Brandon for £1’600.


889995History: Harry Birkhead collection (Spink March 2014 lot 179 sold for £450+20% commission); For sale by Stanley Gibbons for £850; Ex Morris Taber, illustrated in “The Overprinter”, 2017/1.

mafeking 1-2d vermilion blockBlock of nine, each row is position 4-6 in the horizontal setting, the right block of six with comma omitted after “Mafeking”, neat May 12 1900 circular datestamps

History: Ex Neal Allen, Shreves April 2004, lot 136 sold $1250; Siegel May 2015 lot 358 sold $650 plus commission; Siegel Jun 2016 lot 1384 sold $1’000 plus commission