Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Queensland 1st Sideface imperforate issues


These stamps are known imperforate but in order to be able to prove any imperforate copies are not fakes they would need to be on cover (best of luck) or a multiple. Stanley Gibbons 2012 catalog lists the imperforate issues as follows:

SG 128 ab 1d. reddish-brown die 2 wmk QW5 – a horizontal pair, no price given
SG 134 a 1d. reddish-brown die 1 wmk QW6 – imperforate between pair £1,100 used
SG 134 bb 1d. reddish-brown die 1 wmk QW6 – QOEENSLAND imperforate between pair £1,200 used
SG 135 ac 1d. dull orange die 1 wmk QW6 – QOEENSLAND imperforate between horizontal pair  used, no price given
SG 139 c 2d. bright blue die 1 wmk QW6 - imperforate between pair  mint £1,500
SG 141 a 4d. orange-yellow wmk QW6 - imperforate between horizontal pair  mint £6,500
SG 143 a 6d. yellow-green wmk QW6 - imperforate between pair no price given.

The 2006 Scott’s Specialized Catalogue lists the following, with some prices being given:
57 d 1d. rose redwmk and Q (68) imperforate
57 e 1d. rose redwmk and Q (68) vertical pair, imperforate horizontally $725 used
58 e 2d. gray blue wmk and Q (68) imperforate horizontally $1,100 mint
59 a 4d orange yellow wmk and Q (68) imperforate
60 a 6d yellow green wmk and Q (68) imperforate
Also a note that says"Nos. 59-60 exist imperf. vertically"

Robson Lowe (1962) notes the following all known imperforate vertically between pairs
62 1d reddish-brown Die 1 £6 used
63 1d reddish-brown Die 1 £7 used
67, 70, 71 listed but no price as "unknown to us." I assume that means they are aware of these stamps existing but have not seen them.

Going back through the historical record I find the following:

The Philatelic Record, January 1890, p. 8 notes that it has seen a horizontal pair of the 1d. deep vermillion (scarlet) hue without perforation between the two stamps (i.e., perf 12 but imperf at one side).

Charles Phillips writing in the Stanley Gibbons Monthly Journal 29 November 1902 p. 100 -101 noted that he had recently seen several superb specialised collections including some Queensland 1st Sideface imperforate issues, listed as follows:



The 1912 Stanley Gibbons lists no imperforate copies.

In the Australian Philatelist 7 June 1919, p. 167, it notes that: "Mr L. H. White has shown us a pair of the 2d. of 1879-80 Die 1., wmk 1st type Crown and Q, imperf. vertically but only between the two stamps. This is an interesting variety not before recorded. The pair is from an early printing." Presumably this example, SG 130, is now part of the L. H. White Collection in the State Library of New South Wales.

The 1940 Scott’s Standard Postage Catalogue lists the following, without any prices being given:
57 e 1d. rose redwmk and Q (68) imperforate horizontally
58 e 2d. gray blue wmk and Q (68) imperforate horizontally
59 b 4d orange yellow wmk and Q (68) imperforate vertically
60 b 6d yellow green wmk and Q (68) imperforate vertically

In 1893 A. F. Basset Hull wrote in his article The Stamps of Queensland that “I have seen imperforate copies of the One penny (both shades)[ brownish-red, scarlet], Twopence, light blue, four pence, orange yellow, and Sixpence (both shades), all on the Crown Q, paper, but unused and without gum.” Unused and without gum suggests that some of these may in fact have been proofs.

Prestige Philately sold this item for $2,400 in December 2009
WATERMARK CROWN/Q TYPE '5': 1d dull orange horizontal pair Imperforate Vertically SG 136varminor separation faults at left & right, indistinct Rays cancel. A great rarity. Unlisted by Robson Lowe Gibbons, neither of whom lists any Imperf Vertically errorsStated to be Ex Stevenson (presumably from Lot 53172) & Manning.


S.G. 128ab. Watermark Crown over Q Type I, 1d. reddish brown Die II horizontal pair, variety imperforate between, indistinct sunburst cancellations. Sold by Spink in October 2012 for £420




S.G. 136a. Watermark Crown over Q Type 2, 1d. scarlet Die II horizontal pair, variety imperforate vertically between, at top, and at right. Probably imperforate at left and bottom as well. Barred numeral cancellation 260, Warra

S.G. 139c. Watermark Crown over Q Type II, 2d. bright blue Die I horizontal pair, variety imperforate between and imperforate at left, indistinct cancellations. Sold by Spink in October 2012 for £750


4d yellow-orange horizontal pair Imperforate Vertically, large-part o.g. Stated to be unique. Unlisted by Robson Lowe & Gibbons, neither of whom lists any Imperf Vertically errors. Unlisted by Robson Lowe & Gibbons. [Gibbons do list - but don't price - the 4d "Imperf between", but that may be an error for this item. Robson Lowe also lists the 4d Imperf Between but states "Unknown to us"]. Ex Manning

1878-79 Wmk Crown over Q, 1d Violet pair,Imperforate (vertically) between, original browned gum. Unlisted. Millennium stamp auction no 46 lot no 283. Ex Kiddle


1d Violet block of 4, Imperforate (vertically) between. From the L'Estrange Collection at the Queensland Museum

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