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  • 1840 Penny Black (GB) Plate 3 SUPERB four margin Tiny Envelope Contrary to Regulations
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    1840 Penny Black (GB) Plate 3 SUPERB four margin Tiny Envelope Contrary to Regulations. Tiny Envelope posted on Monday the 31st of August 1840 in Liverpool to Regents Park London. Penny Black Plate 3 placed on the bottom left of the entire Post Office regulations says the stamp must be on the top right corner. This envelope written by Edwin Atherstones to his daughter Mary Elizabeth who went on to publish and edit a distinguished book named "The Dramatic works of Edwin Atherstone". Edwin Atherstone was a poet but also supported his family by dealing in Art. He was born in Nottingham in 1788 and was one of 15 children. He is described by his daughter Mary as a man of most honourable noble mind and heart. Atherstone was friend to the great John Martin who has been referred to as the most popular painter of his day. Martin supplied art for Atherstones work such as the fall of the Nineveh of which is now part of the British Museum's collection and the famous poem "A Midsummers Day Dream". Atherstone was in the same literary circle as the likes of Charles Dickens, John Hunt and William Godwin (the father of Mary Shelley). Thus, subsequently their work was part of the Romantic Movement which marked an era of change for England. A stunning piece of philatelic history.
  • Aden 1949 Royal Silver Wedding 1½a and 10r SG30/1
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    Aden 1949 Royal Silver Wedding 1½a and 10r SG30/1

    £160.00

    Aden 1949 Royal Silver Wedding 1½a and 10r, in lower marginal blocks of 4, the 10r with imprint, unmounted original gum. Unmounted Mint. SG30/1

  • Antigua 1938 1s black and red brown (Unused) SG105ab
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    Antigua 1938 1s black and red brown (Unused) SG105ab

    £4,250.00

    Antigua 1938 1s black and red brown (Unused) SG105

    1938-51 1s black and red-brown, FRAME PRINTED DOUBLE, ONE ALBINO, brilliant original gum.

    The albino impression is 2mm above and 4mm to left of the printed frame, and readily visible in the top margin.

    A major KGVI rarity, of which only a few examples are recorded.

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item.

    SG Catalogue Price: £6,000

  • Antigua 1938-51 1s black and red-brown SG105ab
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    Antigua 1938-51 1s black and red-brown SG105ab

    £4,750.00

    Antigua 1938-51 1s black and red-brown, FRAME PRINTED DOUBLE, ONE ALBINO, with brilliant original gum.
    The albino impression is 2mm above and 4mm to left of the printed frame, and readily visible in the top margin.
    A major King George VI rarity, of which only a few examples are recorded. Unmounted Mint. SG 105ab
  • Ascension 1938 King George VI SG45ca
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    Ascension 1938 King George VI SG45ca

    £750.00

    Ascension 1938 King George VI SG45ca 2/6 Perforate 13 DAVIT FLAW. Superb unmounted mint example and RARE. Mint never hinged. The Stanley Gibbons catalogue price is £1,400. 
  • Australia 1912-23 4d carmine and pale yelllow-green SGD83b
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    Australia 1912-23 4d carmine and pale yelllow-green, perforation 14, watermark w11,fresh unmounted original gum. Scarce thus. Dues. SG D83b

  • Australia 1915 5s grey and yellow SG30
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    Australia 1915 5s grey and yellow SG30

    £325.00

    Australia 1915 5s grey and yellow, watermark 5, lightly cancelled by two part strikes of 'WHIM CR(EEK)' circular date stamps with excellent perforations and centring. Scarce so fine. Used. SG 30

  • Australia 1915 5s grey and yellow SG30w
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    Australia 1915 5s grey and yellow SG30w

    £1,300.00

    Australia 1915 5s grey and yellow, watermark 5, variety watermark inverted, large part original gum, with lovely fresh colour and perforations and centring far above average. The watermark variety easily detectable from the face. Scarce so fine. Mint. SG 30w

  • Australia 1929-30 £2 black and rose SG114
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    Australia 1929-30 £2 black and rose SG114

    £4,250.00

    Australia 1929-30 £2 black and rose, watermark 7, very fresh and well-centred, large part original gum. A most attractive example of this key high value. Mint. SG 114

  • Australia 1931-36 10s grey and pink SG136
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    Australia 1931-36 10s grey and pink SG136

    £425.00

    Australia 1931-36 10s grey and pink, watermark 15, very fine large part original gum. Mint. SG 136

  • Australia 1932 'Sydney Harbour Bridge' 5s SG143
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    Australia 1932 'Sydney Harbour Bridge' 5s SG143

    £200.00

    Australia 1932 'Sydney Harbour Bridge' 5s, fine cancelled-to-order. Used. SG 143

  • Australia British Commonwealth Occupation Force cover to Devon franked with Australia 1937-49 3d brown tied by violet-black 'TOKYO (BA)Y JAPAN' circular date stamp.
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    Australia British Commonwealth Occupation Force (Japan) - 1945 (2 SEPT) cover to Devon franked with Australia 1937-49 3d brown tied by violet-black 'TOKYO (BA)Y JAPAN' circular date stamp.
    Minor toning to perforations hardly detracts. This letter was probably posted aboard one of the Australian ships in harbour to receive the surrender from the Japanese.
  • Australia Official 1932-33 1s green 'lyrebird' SGO136
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    Australia Official 1932-33 1s green 'lyrebird' SGO136

    £65.00

    Australia Official. 1932-33 1s green 'lyrebird', overprint 'OS', lower marginal, brilliant unmounted original gum. Official. SG O136

  • Bahamas 1918 'WAR TAX' 1s grey-black and carmine SG95
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    Bahamas 1918 'WAR TAX' 1s grey-black and carmine SG95

    £140.00

    Bahamas 1918 'WAR TAX' 1s grey-black and carmine, type 10 overprint, brilliant unmounted original gum. Very scarce thus. Only 1,800 issued. Unmounted Mint. SG 95

  • Bahamas 1919 3d black and brown SG105x
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    Bahamas 1919 3d black and brown SG105x

    £75.00

    Bahamas 1919 3d black and brown, type 15 'WAR TAX' overprint, variety watermark reversed, lower marginal, fine original gum. Unmounted Mint. SG 105x

  • Bahamas 1954-63 set of 16 to £1 SG201/16
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    Bahamas 1954-63 set of 16 to £1 SG201/16

    £100.00

    Bahamas 1954-63 set of 16 to £1, blocks of 4, fine used with central 'NASSAU' circular date stamps, dated '21 MAR 61'. Attractive. Used. SG 201/16

  • Bahrain 1948 Royal Silver Wedding 15r on £1 blue SG62
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    Bahrain 1948 Royal Silver Wedding 15r on £1 blue SG62

    £170.00

    Bahrain 1948 Royal Silver Wedding 15r on £1 blue, lower left corner cylinder number '1.' block of 4, unmounted original gum. Unmounted Mint. SG 62

  • Barbados 1874 Britannia 4d imperforate plate proof in black on wove SG68
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    Barbados 1874 Britannia 4d imperforate plate proof in black on wove, marginal from top of sheet with large margins.
    Printed by Perkins Bacon, although the issued stamps from this plate were only printed by DLR. Proof. SG 68
  • Barbados 1897-98 Jubilee 2s6d blue-black and orange SG124
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    Barbados 1897-98 Jubilee 2s6d blue-black and orange SG124

    £200.00

    Barbados 1897-98 Jubilee 2s6d blue-black and orange, lower right corner horizontal pair with plate number, brilliant original gum. Right stamp with trivial wrinkle but a scarce and lovely item. Unmounted Mint. SG 124

  • Barbados 1916-19 3s deep violet SG191y
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    Barbados 1916-19 3s deep violet SG191y

    £1,700.00

    Barbados 1916-19 3s deep violet, type 14, variety WATERMARK INVERTED AND REVERSED, fresh and fine, large part original gum. A rarity. Mint. SG 191y

  • Basutoland 1948 Royal Silver Wedding set in blocks of 4 SG36/7
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    Basutoland 1948 Royal Silver Wedding set in blocks of 4, the low value lower right corner with plate number, the high value with imprint, unmounted original gum. Unmounted Mint. SG 36/7

  • Batum British Occupation - 1920 7r yellow SG49/a
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    Batum British Occupation - 1920 7r yellow SG49/a

    £110.00

    Batum British Occupation - 1920 7r yellow, upper marginal horizontal pair, the right stamp error 'BPITISH', fine unmounted original gum. Only 660 possible. (R1/19 on the sheet of 308). Unmounted Mint. SG 49/a

  • Bermuda 1924-32 2s6d black and red/blue SG89g
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    Bermuda 1924-32 2s6d black and red/blue SG89g

    £195.00

    Bermuda 1924-32 2s6d black and red/blue, Script watermark, horizontal pair from lower left corner of sheet with plate number (R5/1-2), very fine original gum. A scarce and most attractive positional piece. Unmounted Mint. SG 89g

  • Bermuda 1924-32 Script watermark 2s6d grey-black and pale orange-vermilion/grey-blue SG89h
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    Bermuda 1924-32 Script watermark 2s6d grey-black and pale orange-vermilion/grey-blue, from March 1930 printing, very fine original gum. A lovely example of this rare and distinctive shade. Accompanied with British Philatelic Association certificate (2016). Unmounted Mint. SG 89h

  • Bermuda 1938-53 12s6d grey and pale orange SG120ce
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    Bermuda 1938-53 12s6d grey and pale orange SG120ce

    £1,750.00

    Bermuda 1938-53 12s6d grey and pale orange, ordinary paper, lower right corner example showing variety 'Broken lower right scroll' (R5/12), unmounted original gum.
    Faint toning on reverse of right margin, still fine fresh appearance. Rare, only 91 possible, from March 1943 printing. (SG catalogue price: £2,250) Unmounted Mint. SG 120ce
  • British Antarctic Territory 1971 Decimal currency 50p on 10s ultramarine and emerald SG37w
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    British Antarctic Territory 1971 Decimal currency 50p on 10s ultramarine and emerald, WATERMARK INVERTED, unmounted original gum. scarce Unmounted Mint. SG 37w

  • British East Africa 1896-1901 5r sepia SG79a
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    British East Africa 1896-1901 5r sepia SG79a

    £1,800.00

    British East Africa 1896-1901 5r sepia, showing the prominent pantograph variety 'Thin U in RUPEES', brilliant large part original gum. Only 84 possible, from R3/2 on the sheet (first printing only), and a rarity in such fine condition. Mint. SG 79a

  • British East Africa 1896-1901 5r sepia SG79var
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    British East Africa 1896-1901 5r sepia SG79var

    £150.00

    British East Africa 1896-1901 5r sepia, upper right corner marginal with part inscription, variety without watermark (except for line at left), very fine unmounted original gum.
    A remarkable stamp, as such watermark varieties are usually only found on the low values. Unmounted Mint. SG 79var
  • British East Africa 1897 'On Zanzibar' 2½ on 1a indigo and red SG87
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    British East Africa 1897 'On Zanzibar' 2½ on 1a indigo and red, type 13 surcharge, tied to piece by Mombasa circular date stamp. Only 500 printed. Used. SG 87

  • British East Africa 1897-1903 2r orange SG93
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    British East Africa 1897-1903 2r orange SG93

    £150.00

    British East Africa 1897-1903 2r orange, superbly cancelled by complete BLUE Mombasa circular date stamp, dated '5 SP 98'. Blue ink was used for less than two months from 31/8/98. A beautiful stamp. Cancel. SG 93

  • British Guiana 1850-51
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    British Guiana 1850-51 "Cotton Reel" 12c. Blue, Used SG5

    £65,000.00

    British Guiana 1850-51 ‘Cotton Reel’. 12 Cents Black on Blue Wove Paper SG5. A superb used cut square example initialled ‘EDW’ (ight) with Demerara 29.4.51 circular date stamp. Probably the finest example in existence. Accompanied by certificates of authenticity from the British Philatelic Association (BPA) and Peter Holcombe.
  • British Guiana 1863-76 12c lilac SG113
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    British Guiana 1863-76 12c lilac SG113

    £850.00

    British Guiana 1863-76 12c lilac, perf 15, brilliant large part original gum. Extremely scarce in this lovely condition, and showing letters of papermaker's watermark. Mint. SG 113

  • British Guiana 1913-21 48c grey and purple-brown SG266
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    British Guiana 1913-21 48c grey and purple-brown SG266

    £130.00

    British Guiana 1913-21 48c grey and purple-brown, watermark MCA, upper left corner block of 4 with plate number '1', very fine unmounted original gum. Pencil endorsement '1915' in left margin. Scarce. Unmounted Mint. SG 266

  • British Honduras 1964 New Constitution 1c SG217b
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    British Honduras 1964 New Constitution 1c SG217b

    £275.00

    British Honduras 1964 New Constitution 1c, error orange-yellow omitted, unmounted original gum. Normal for comparison. Scarce. Unmounted Mint. SG 217b

  • British P.O. in Siam 1882-85 6c lilac SG19
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    British P.O. in Siam 1882-85 6c lilac SG19

    £160.00

    British P.O. in Siam 1882-85 6c lilac, watermark CA, crisply cancelled by large part Bangkok circular date stamp, dated 'FE 27 85'. Exceptional. Used. SG 19

  • British Virgin Islands SG43c
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    British Virgin Islands SG43c

    £8,500.00

    British Virgin Islands SG43c 1899 1/2d yellow-green pair imperforated between both stamps and margin. Fine mounted mint (trivial gum creasing as normal). Fresh and very attractive. A desirable and very rare showpiece. Accompanied by Friedl Certificate of Authenticity. Stanley Gibbons catalogue price is £13,000.