Niger Coast Protectorate SG#49b 5d Deep Grey Queen Victoria, 1893 Obliterated "Oil Rivers" Issue, A Fine Used Example of the 2nd Printing, Perf. 14.4 x 14, With Rare September 9, 1895 Brass River CDS Cancel
A fine used example of the 5d deep grey Queen Victoria Widow's Weeds stamp from the 1893 Obliterated Oil Rivers Issue, perf. 14.4 x 14. Printed on vertical wove paper with visible mesh. Cancelled with a clear strike of Brass River CDS cancel with timecode A. This cancel is rated as being rare in Nicholson.
The appeal of this issue is the number of perforation and shade varieties, as well as the fact that there were three printings made between June 1893 and March 1894. A number of nice re-entries are to be found on these stamps as well. I have written a series of blog posts outlining the points of interest to be found on these issues. You can access the relevant ones here and here. No fewer than six perforating machines were used to perforate the stamps, so a very large number of perforation combinations can be found, and some of them are very scarce.
The quantities printed and sent were also relatively modest, at 37,000 of the 1/2d, 39,400 of the 1d, 16,000 of the 2d, 46,000 of the 2.5d, 25,000 of the 5d and 16,000 of the 1/-.
Gibbons values a used example of this perf. at 13 pounds = $26. However, there should be a significant premium for the cancel, due to its rarity. So, we would estimate the value of this stamp at $40.
The stamp offered here grades F-68 as follows:
Paper freshness: 5/5
Absence of visible paper flaws: 5/5