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Cape of Good Hope triangles - largest blocks

Updating Mr Stevenson's reference book

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Bob Nemo05/09/2017 17:45:58
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This is my first post, so please go easy on me if I've messed anything up ... there doesn't seem to be a Preview option!

If anyone uses Alan Stevenson's famous 1950 book "The Triangular Stamps of the Cape of Good Hope" as a reference, you may be interested to annotate his chart on page 131 which lists the largest known blocks at that time.

I recently obtained a copy of the 1962 Maurice Burrus COGH auction catalogue, which includes three blocks larger than Mr Stevenson's stated maxima.

Lot 97 is a used block of six 1d woodblocks in the Carmine shade, stated to be unique, raising the bar from 4 in Stevenson. Lot 144 is a mint block of thirty-two De La Rue 1d in the brownish-red shade, trouncing the block of 4 listed in Stevenson. And lot 148 is an amazing mint block of 56 De La Rue 4d in a shade catalogued as greenish blue, which is not currently listed by Gibbons ; the largest multiple listed by Stevenson in any of the known shades is 33.

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Paul Davey 105/09/2017 20:54:18
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Great first post Bob. It's not my field, but I appreciate any research like this. Nothing in the "Big COGH" sales of more recent times? Hackmey, Maxwell- Joseph, Maximus etc? I have some of these auction cats in my cellar store. There is also the Corinphila edition d'or of the Hackmey collection with much useful info.

I look forward to more useful stuff!


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