1948 London Olympics: two stamp size photographic essays of Harold Nelson design, mounted onto card which is numbered “13”. Also with letter to Harold Nelson from the G.P.O. Headquarters. Nelson’s original design, offered by us as a different item, included a Hammer and Sickle which has now been changed as the Soviet Union were no longer going to be invited to the Games. Unique group.
(Courvoisier Proofs) An accumulation of 73 imperforate Flower issue proofs stuck down on pages from the companys archival records including 1958 unissued design of three progressive proofs and a final colour proof, four different final colours (16 proofs, this page inscribed ‘Helio-essais sans suite’) and with similar for issues 1960-62, 1964 and 1967, this with one set of four progressive proofs with red line through designs denoting not issued. Each of these stamps is unique, only one archive book was created.
(South) 1890s postal stationery postcard Essay hand-painted in black ink on card with stamp impression 1d. with Post Office, at left Kangaroo and Emu Arms and at centre ‘Proclamation Tree’, endorsed “Mancunius” at centre, central mounting remains, fine quality drawing.
(South) 1890s postal stationery postcard Essay (Amateur 13) hand-painted in black ink on card with stamp impression 1d. with Queen’s head and heading with Aboriginal flanked by Emu and Kangaroo, endorsed “Amateur” at bottom right corner; a couple of pin holes and slight central thinning, a scarce essay with Aboriginal representation.
(South) 1890s postal stationery wrapper Design Competition Essay with heading of ‘Newspaper Only’, hand-painted in black ink on card with stamp impression ½d. ship and at left Kangaroos below Tree, endorsed “Mancunius” at top; mounting mark on reverse and a little irregularly cut but showing fine penmanship.
(South)1890s Postcard Design Competition postcard-size essay (Spero No. 29) hand-drawn in pencil on card with stamp impression halfpenny (Aboriginal mother with child in rural scene) and curved heading South Australia, endorsed in ink “Design for Post Card by “Spero”; some paper adhesion on reverse.
(Tasmania) Proof of the Pictorial 1899-1912 issue, the 6d. Dilston Waterfalls in a left-hand marginal strip of three in grey-black, engraved De La Rue imperf plate proof, with cross in margin, affixed to 141 x 175mm card, manuscript reference at corner. A couple of light tones not detracting.