1882 £5 Orange stars among Great Britain stamps at $20,000
1882 5 Orange stars among Great Britain stamps at $20,000
A superb marginal example of the 1882 5 Orange sold on November 8
A marginal example of the 1882 5 Orangehas starred ina US philatelic auction, selling as top lot in the Great Britain section.
The November 8 sale was held in New York, yet saw strong demand for British stamps with almost all of the offerings selling well.
The 5 Orange began life as a telegraph stamp
The design for the 1882 5 orange was firstemployed ontelegraph stamps. The plate for the telegraph was later altered for the postage stamp by removing the word "telegraphs" from the top edge,replacing itwith "postage" using a second plate.
The example at auction was a stunning left sheet margin example, lettered A-F. Having never been hinged and in post office fresh condition, it boasted perfectly white paper where earlier printings were blued. Excellent perforations further accentuated its very fine condition and, accompanied by a 1985 Dr Enzo Diena certificate, it sold for $20,000.
Paul Fraser Collectibles is currently offering an excellent used example of the 1882 5 Orange, which is lettered AL and cancelled with a 13 December1901 LANCASTER circular date stamp.
Also selling well was a vertical sheet margin pair of the 1846 10d brown, which was unused with full original gum. Having been lightly hingedand showinga tiny scissor cut between the two stamps, the lotsold for $9,000.