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VV380 1912 KGV ‘Downey Head’ 1d scarlet lower right horizontal corner pair showing control ‘B 11’ in the lower margin (perforated through both margins). Each stamp is overprinted ‘CANCELLED’ (Holmes type C3 / Samuel type GB19). Vertical crease in the margin only and one stamp with possible very faint hinge mark, otherwise very fine or superb fresh unmounted mint. Extremely rare. SG 72 cancelled SOLD
VV381 1912 KGV ‘Downey Head’ 1d scarlet. Lower marginal control ‘B 11’ block of four (perforated through lower margin with marginal ‘dot’ under lower left stamp). Hinge remnants, otherwise fine mint. SG 72 £35
VV382 1912 KGV ‘Downey Head’ 1d scarlet. Lower right corner control ‘B 11’ block of four (perforated through base). Very fine mint with hinge remnants on the upper pair only, the lower pair is unmounted. SG 72 SOLD
VV383 1912 KGV ‘Downey Head’ 1d scarlet. Lower right corner control ‘B 11’ block of six (perforated through lower margin). Fine mint with hinge remnants, leaving two stamps unmounted. SG 72 SOLD
VV384 1912 KGV ‘Downey Head’ 1d scarlet. Lower right corner control ‘B 11’ block of six (imperforate lower margin with marginal ‘dot’ under lower left stamp). Some surface scuffing in right margin, otherwise very fine mint with hinge remnants on the upper stamps only, the lower stamps are unmounted. SG 72 SOLD
VV385 1912 KGV ‘Downey Head’ 1d scarlet. Lower right corner control ‘B 12’ block of six (perforated through lower margin, imperforate right margin). Very fine lightly hinged mint on the upper stamps, the lower stamps are unmounted. SG 72 SOLD
VV386 1912 KGV ‘Downey Head’ 1d scarlet. Lower right corner control ‘B 12’ block of six (perforated through lower margin, imperforate right margin). Gum wrinkles, otherwise very fine unmounted mint. SG 72 SOLD
VV387 1912 KGV ‘Downey Head’ 1d scarlet. Lower right corner control ‘B 12’ block of six (imperforate lower margin, perforated through right margin and with marginal ‘cut’ under the lower centre stamp). Faint evidence of a hinge mark on one, otherwise very fine unmounted mint. SG 72 SOLD
VV388 1912 KGV ‘Downey Head’ 1d scarlet. Lower right corner control ‘B 12’ block of six (imperforate lower margin, perforated through right margin). Very fine unmounted mint. SG 72 SOLD
VV389 1912 KGV ‘Downey Head’ 1d scarlet. Block of four, the lower left stamp showing the variety 'NO CROSS ON CROWN'. Hinged on one stamp, the others (including the variety) are superb fresh unmounted mint. A scarce variety to find so clear and so fine. SG 72, 72a £150
VV390 1912 KGV ‘Downey Head’ 1d scarlet. Block of four, very fine used with Francistown (OC 25 / 15) single circle datestamps. Scarce. SG 72 SOLD
VV394 1913-24 KGV (watermark Simple Cypher). ½d to 1/-, each overprinted ‘SPECIMEN’ (Samuel type GB23 / Holmes type 13). The 1d with small tear and odd short perf, otherwise very fine and fresh mint. A very rare set. SG 73s-82s
 
Note: Only the 1/- was supplied to the UPU with this overprint and is the only duty listed by SG. The 1½d (issued in 1920) is not recorded with this overprint. Holmes (p184) states "The ½d to 6d with this 'overprint' are rare." They are recorded as ‘abnormals’ in the 1983 supplement to the ‘Specimen Stamps of the Crown Colonies’ by Marcus Samuel (1976).
£575
VV396 1913 KGV (watermark Simple Cypher). 1/- bistre overprinted ‘SPECIMEN’ (Samuel type GB23). Superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 82s £100
VV391 1913-24 KGV (watermark Simple Cypher). Complete set of nine, ½d to 1/-, with all additional SG listed printings and several shades, including some very distinct 6d’s (one unusually pale, possibly sun-tanned). Fine to very fine and fresh mint. A remarkably difficult assembly. SG 73, 74, 74a, 75, 76, 76a, 77, 78, 78a, 79, 80, 81, 82, 82a £250
VV392 1913-24 KGV (watermark Simple Cypher). Complete set of nine, ½d to 1/-, with all additional SG listed printings and several shades, including some very distinct 6d’s. Fine to very fine used. A difficult assembly. SG 73, 74, 74a, 75, 76, 76a, 77, 78, 78a, 79, 80, 81, 82, 82a £180
VV393 1913 KGV (watermark Simple Cypher). Group of 24 stamps, ½d to 1/-, all with different lower marginal control singles. One ½d and 6d toned, the majority very fine or superb mint. A rare and very attractive assembly (missing only seven of the recorded controls on this watermark) and an excellent reference for the majority of the printings. Comprising:
 
  ½d (SG 73): C13, J17, O20, R21, S22
  1d (SG 74): C13, I16, J17, M19
  1d (SG 74a): S22, V23
  1½d (SG 75): O19
  2d (SG 76): D14
  2d (SG 76a): R21
  2d (SG 77): V23, W23
  2½d (SG 78a): C14
  3d (SG 79): C13, D14
  4d (SG 80): C13
  6d (SG 81): T.22, W.23
  1/- (SG 82): C.13
  1/- (SG 82a): U23
SOLD
VV395 1925-27 KGV (watermark Block Cypher). Complete set of eight, ½d to 1/- including both 6d, each handstamped ‘SPECIMEN’ (Samuel Type BEC2a). The ½d, 1d and 2d are faulty, otherwise very fine unused (without gum). SG 91-98 specimen
 
Note: this set is believed to emanate from the Bechuanaland UPU collection of specimen stamps auctioned in 1976 (referenced in the supplement to the ‘Specimen Stamps of the Crown Colonies’ by Marcus Samuel, 1983). Rare, believed to be unique.
SOLD
VV397 1923 KGV (watermark Simple Cypher). 1/- bistre-brown lower marginal example showing control ‘U23’. Very fine fresh mint with hinge remnants. A superb proving piece for this scarce shade. SG 82a SOLD
VV398 1925 KGV (watermark Block Cypher). 2d orange, a lower marginal example showing control ‘B24’. Very fine mint with hinge remnants. SG 93 £15
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