Great Britain - QV (line engraved) : QV - View all 697 images: Remarkable mainly line-engraved reconstruction (and some surface-printed) collection housed in 8 binders, mounted upon properly detailed heavy-duty 'reconstructing card' leaves. Astonishing original collection offered intact. I don't think the original collector really wished to part with his unusual reconstructions collection, but sadly his sight was not quite what it was, so that it was better to part with it now and presumably focus upon other activities. It is not often that we handle large 1d red stars / 1d red plate number collections - but one of the first such collections we handled some 40 years ago consisted of in excess of 30,000 different 1d red plates worth a small fortune today! Obviously, with far fewer stamps this collection may be more of a challenge and therefore more of an opportunity because each stamp added will not need to cost a fortune however, as I suggested - the 1st thing that I would do with this interesting collection is to obtain a high power (10x) magnifying glass, and under good light - systematically enjoy working through the identication of the plate numbers in order to establish firm underpinning foundation to progess/continue the collection. Each such collection we have ever handled - I always run a magnifying glass over the check letter positions and to confirm the plate number identification so far is correct. In so doing this time - I noticed a small percentage of sometime difficult plate numbers, often partly obscured by postmarks - which have been incorrectly allocated. This therefore is the 1st place to start. It will cost no money, but involve good use of time. However, starting in this fashion may support the second thing that should be done which is identification of varieties, scarce postmarks and the like. Now it may simply be a fluke, because, naturally I did not have time to examine each and every stamp - but upon one of the plates (and I don't think this was a 1d red plate number) - but I spotted a good used block of 4 - a single being relatively inexpensive - but from memory the block of four catalogues £600 in the SG QV Specialised catalogue. If they are there to be found, it doesn't take the uplift of many such items to justify a substantial proportion of the value of this collection. I have never seen a top quality 1d red plates collection of re-constructions and would respectfully submit that if such a rare animal were to exist it would be worth a substantial proportion of the catalogue value. Naturally this is not the case. In virtually every plate reconstruction it is the mere satisfaction of locating the missing plate number in the correct check-letters that leads to lower quality examples becoming perfectly acceptable. So this is what we see here. I also checked the 1/2d plates and both plate 9's are in fact plate 19's. Consequently we're not looking for telephone numbers for this collection which we estimate to catalogue £80,000+ SG but a fair figure to 'price-drop' would seem to be high four figures, hence the starting price! Possibly, if not probably an unrepeatable opportunity and a winter's work to start with great fun. 8 Binders - delivered free wherever you are in the world. View ALL 697 images. HEAVY LOT - SHIPPING SURCHARGE FOR OVERSEAS CUSTOMERS.
Cat value £80000
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