Rare and Unique Errors – Should You Feel Lucky?

October 2, 2023

We are proudly displaying, on the front cover of our latest Sandafayre catalogue, three rather splendid and very different errors which although will clearly appeal to collectors of those specific areas may have a wider appeal to those wishing to build a portfolio of highly unusual impossible to duplicate items.

The first is a pair of stamps printed by the veritable printing firm of Waterlow and Sons for the Indian Feudatory state of Sirmoor. The design, surely one of the best animal topic designs of the 19th Century, features a full Indian Elephant. Sirmoor, being one of the wealthier states could afford to engage Waterlows to print their stamps but that was no guarantee against failure, and fail they did with a single horizontal row of perforations being missed on one sheet creating the potential for ten ‘imperf between’ vertical pairs. We do not know how many survive but we are delighted to offer one here, we believe the first to be offered to the market for many years.

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