- NSW 1854-60 6d Diadem Imperforate Plate Proof in Dull Brown without watermark - Rowland Hill "Cancelled" Specimen
If possible add a scan of the page of listing of this one? I loaned my copy to a client and never got it back.
For most of them, only 4 examples exist, and one of those is usually in Royal Collection, but that is not always the case. Jaffe will have more info and I'd like to read what he says. It seems this is the finest one in collector hands
NSW 1854-60 6d Diadem Imperforate Plate Proof in Dull Brown without watermark, and with portion of 'CANCELLED' obliteration from Perkins Bacon. Position 6 from the block of 6 of these famous specimens prepared in 1861 for presentation to members of the Hill family. Ex 'Manwood' and Jaffe. Invoiced for $A20,000 at Jaffe sale in 2005, when full SG cat for this was just £5,500. Today SG is 3 times higher at £16,000
Six examples each of the so-called 'Ormond Hill Specimens' were produced by Perkins Bacon for all of 'their' Colonies at the request of Rowland Hill's nephew and gifted to him, action that resulted in the Agent for the Crown Colonies terminating Perkins Bacon's printing contracts.
The 'CANCELLED' handstamp was applied to blocks of 6 that were later separated, often with scissors or a blade, resulting in many of the individual stamps being cut-into or having trimmed perfs on one or more sides. (NB: for NSW no issued stamps were available so plate proofs retained by the printers were utilised of which this is one)