Sunday, 17 May 2009

Newfoundland 1865 24c SG no. 30 imperf. plate proof

Newfoundland 1865 24c SG no. 30 imperf. plate proof
in dark blue on India paper in a bottom-marginal horizontal strip of
three showing the A.B.N. Co, New York imprint below the centre stamp
and mounted on card, with good and well balanced margins on the other
three sides and displaying extremely sharp impression, in absolutely
perfect quality, delightfully fresh and truly beautiful, all in all
an exquisite and rare item,
very seldom seen.

Monaco 1891-94 second issue imperforated proof without the figure
of value in the value tablet and printed in black on light buff cardboard
of medium thickness and of a rather silky texture, of obviously very high
quality for that period, ungummed and with good and equal margins all
around, creating a wonderful aspect which is enhanced by the outstanding
quality as well, without any faults or defects whatsoever and truly pristine
in all respects, the sharpness of the impression is absolutely remarkable,
much better than that of the issued stamps and of impressive finesse, from
the aesthetic perspective, this proof is a true work of art in itself, and from
the philatelic point of view it is indeed a very rare item which very rarely
surfaces the market, a great item destined for a knowledgeable philatelist
with an eye for wise investments.
Monegasque philately, although fascinating valuable and most decorative,
is a very straightforward one, with a very limited number of spectacular
varieties or variations from the basic, issued stamps, even during its classic
period. Hence, the undenominated proofs for the second and first issues of
Monaco are most probably amongst the most interesting
(if not “the” most interesting) Monegasque items available, and the vast
majority of the already extremely few existing proofs for the second issue
are printed on normal paper. Those on cardboard, like this one is, are virtually
non-existent and constitute the supreme refinement as far as distinguished
classics of Monaco are cconcerned, and also such proofs are missing from
most collections.
Another such proof for the second issue of Monaco is being currently offered
by the French auctioneers Behr ( in their Net Price Sales
no. 87 for €800 (~ $ 1,040) – lot no. 3075 –
but that is inferior as it is on normal paper.

Monaco 1885 first issue imperforated proof without figures of value in the
value tablets, printed in black on buff cardboard of medium thickness
ungummed and displaying large and well balanced margins all around, the
quality and sharpness of the impression are absolutely outstanding and
to describe this wonderful and immensely rare proof as “perfect” would
probably be an under-statement, not only it has no defects whatsoever
displays vibrant colour and superb freshness as well, a fantastic item,
Monegasque philately, although fascinating valuable and most
decorative, is a very straightforward one, with a very limited number
of spectacular varieties or variations from the basic, issued stamps,
even during its classic period. Hence, the undenominated proofs for
the first and second issues of Monaco are most probably amongst the
most interesting (if not “the” most interesting) Monegasque items
available, and the vast majority of the already extremely few existing
proofs for the first issue are printed on normal paper. Those on cardboard,
like this one is, are virtually non-existent and constitute the supreme
refinement as far as distinguished classics of Monaco are cconcerned, and also
such proofs are missing from most collections.
As reference, the French auctioneers Behr ( are offering
a similar yet inferior proof (as it is on normal paper) in their current Net Price Sale
no. 87 for €4,000 (~ $ 5,200) – lot no. 3047.

Monaco 1885 first issue 1c block of twelve (4 x 3) with complete
gutter margin attached at right and with eight stamps
MNH rarely offered in general and almost never
available this fine, no. 1 in any catalogue, Yvert cat. value as
two blocks of four and four singles,
all hinged, is already €440 (~ $ 575), but this mostly unmounted
block must certainly deserve a huge premium over that value.

GOLD COAST 1904-6 2/6 OPT.

India 25 Rupee Victorian Telegraph Stamp

QV 1879 Perkins Bacon Essay

Ridgway designed 'Perkins, bacon & Co' essay. Imperforate example,
in grey-brown with gum. The 'W' check letter is the initial of the
designer W. Ridgway. Eventual contract was
awarded to de-La-Rue. Scarce item.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

India Proofs


Plate Proofs Unwatermarked on wove paper

scarse item

Friday, 15 May 2009

King Geaorge V Imperfs

SG 441var 1934 rare Photo 1½d
Colour Trial in Bright Magenta marginal imperf example
on unwatermarked paper

SG 429 1/- bistre-brown
overprinted SPECIMEN, Type 23,
imperf, Spec N45t, Cat £110


1d IN ROYAL-BLUE top marginal
(On ungummed paper)
Very Scarce

1934-36 King George V, Photogravure,
1 1/2d grey-green. imperforate
colour trial on watermarked paper
BLOCK OF FOUR bottom gutter marginal
with pillar bars

5/-. SG 401
(dramatically underinked),
Very Unusual

SG 357 1d scarlet, imperf block of 4
overprinted SPECIMEN,
Type 26, Spec N16u, Cat £280+, scarce multiple.

KGV Royal Cypher 1/2d green

KGV Royal Cypher 1d scarlet
Specimen overprint

SG 372 2½d blue
imperf "CANCELLED" example Spec N21v
Cv £160.00

1912 King George V, Downey head 1d carmine die 2 paper trial.
Imperf copy on John Dickinson
very white paper. S.G. Trial

1½d photogravure colour trial in ultramarine

imperforate on watermarked paper .

Thursday, 14 May 2009

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Great Britain issued the first adhesive
postage stamp to prepay for the delivery of mail on May 6, 1840. Postage stamps were the idea of Sir Rowland Hill, as part of Great Britain's introduction of standardized postal rates. The first postage stamp, commonly referred to as the "Penny Black", helped eliminate a number of problems that the British Post Office had experienced up to that date. The idea of prepaying for delivery of mail was so successful that by 1860 more than 70 countries were using postage stamps.

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The grandson of Queen Victoria began collecting stamps with the help of servants who handled the mail at Buckingham Palace, and it quickly became his passion in life. When he became an adult he was one of leading philatelists in world and also known as King George V, who was asked to become a member of the Philatelic Society in London. He soon became a very a very active member and was later elected as the president of the Society, but later when he became the King of England he gave the club a new name, which was the Royal Philatelic Society of London. As King, he assembled what would turn out to be the greatest stamp collection
in the world. He would present parts of his collection to the club as their annual program and this tradition still continues today for members to view his massive collection.With the introduction of commemorative stamps came an increasing popularity in the hobby. The very first United State stamps that were issued for commemorative stamps, which were designed to remember and honor the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus was during 1893, while a few of those stamps are extremely valuable today.There have been many changes in stamps since their first introduction in 1840, which includes that they have been perforated, coiled, and are now being printed in a variety of colors, types, formats, and designs. During the years that lead up to the horrible Great Depression collecting stamps had become one of the most popular hobbies in the world, which is continuing to be popular among children and adults. Stamp collecting is accessible for just about anyone without them having to spend major amounts of money because there are few stamps that are exceptionally valuable.With the increase of postage stamp values came a large increase of the number of stamp collectors, which was the result of older stamps being saved in such good condition. During the 1930s, many American collectors stockpiled stamps that were issued in the 1920s, which quickly rose in value, with hopes of eventually selling them for a sizeable profit later on. However, this never occurred. More than sixty years later, these stamps can still be found in mint condition. Souvenir sheet from various countries are extremely popular with collectors and any hard to find plate number coils, plus any stamps with errors are always going to be popular. So when you begin your own collection determine exactly what type or theme you desire and start collecting.

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Sunday, 10 May 2009

Matrimonial Cause Fee Stamps

Matrimonial Cause Fee Stamps 1866
Overprinted Specimen

In 1858 the court of divorce and matrimonial cause was set up, taking over duties of the former ecclesiastical courts and for the first time in England & Wales divorce could be obtained through the courts. In the 1800's divorce was hardly fashionable and frowned upon and as a result used stamps of this type are rare.

Available to collect

1858 Embossed revenues of 1855 on blued paper
Watermark VR, Imperforated, Very rare.

1858 Watermark PM, perforated,
as the blue stamps below but lilac in colour, rare.

1866 Watermark PM, perforated.
As below , rare.

1881 Matrimonial Cause Die Proof 10/

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Collecting Accessories - Everything for the collector.


(these were done for the 1867 Paris Exhibition)

Super Rare Item

Great Britain College Stamps

GB 1879 Hertford College Oxford, imperf sheet of 35

The first Oxford college to issue stamps was the newly founded Keble in 1871. Other Oxford colleges then followed suit: Hertford (1875), Merton (1876), Lincoln (1877), Exeter (1882), St John's (1884) and All Souls (1884). Due to the suppression of the issues by the Post Office, stamps prepared for Balliol in 1885 were never issued and Corpus Christi got no further than the design stage. Keble, Hertford, Merton and Exeter also issued prepaid envelopes or postcards (Keble continuing till the 1890s). The suppliers were mainly local stationers, Emberlin and Son and Spiers and Son. Early Keble and Merton stamps and all postal stationery were embossed; all the remaining stamps were lithographed, except the Lincoln issue (designed by Allan Wyon) which was recess-printed.The first Cambridge college to issue stamps was Selwyn in 1882, which were supplied individually separated. Only two other colleges issued stamps: Queens' (1883) and St John's (1884). All the stamps were lithographed. They were supplied by a local stationer W P Spalding. It has recently been discovered that prepaid envelopes were issued by Jesus (1871) and proposed by Clare (1879).The designs are typically based on the college arms. Only the Lincoln stamp bears a value (one penny); other stamps and stationery were charged from ½d to 1¼d. Some original designs, dies and plates exist. Die proofs survive for most issues, though many are reprints produced in the 1890s. Many of the lithographed issues and the recess-printed stamps of Lincoln have been plated.Though stamps were often cancelled by a pen mark or left uncancelled, Keble initially used a five dots obliteration and Hertford a cross. Oxford covers are scarce and Cambridge rare. Used postal stationery is also rare.The best book on the subject is Lister's "College Stamps of Oxford and Cambridge" 1966, reprinted 1974. The stamps only are listed in Gibbons specialised catalogue.Another Oxford issue of this period are the penny stamps overprinted or underprinted O.U.S. (vertically between wavy lines) for the Oxford Union Society from 1858 to 1882. These stamps are also listed in Gibbons specialised catalogue.Keble issued a stamp for its centenary in 1970. Labels with college stamp designs were produced for Philatelic Congresses at Cambridge in 1938, 1967 and 1990.

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MATCH TAX HALFPENNY BLUE 1871 REVENUE STAMP PAIR IMPERF1871 MATCH TAX HALFPENNY BLUE IMPERF PAIR: Trials for the match tax proposed by Sir Robert Lowe but not actually issued. Printed in sheets of 240 with ten panes. Mint pair.

Superb scarce item available at