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  • Admiral Nelson signed letter
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    Admiral Nelson signed letter

    £8,500.00

    • Half a letter from Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson to Captain William G Rutherford, commander of HMS Swiftsure
    • Signed in June 1805, just over five months before Nelson’s death at the Battle of Trafalgar
    • Written amidst the British pursuit of the French fleet to the Caribbean 
    • Find out more about this fascinating letter here 

    Nelson (1758-1805) was a British naval officer famous for his victories against the French during the Napoleonic Wars. He was known for his superb leadership skills and somewhat unconventional strategies. Nelson was involved in battle almost constantly between 1793 until his death in 1805. During this time he lost the sight in his right eye at the Battle of Calvi in Corsica and lost his right arm at Santa Cruz in Tenerife. Admiral Lord Nelson is remembered as one of the greatest British war heroes in history. He died during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

    This is the bottom half of a letter Admiral Nelson sent to Captain William G Rutherford (commander of the HMS Swiftsure) in June 1805. That's five months before the Battle of Trafalgar. Rutherford took command of the Swiftsure in May 1805, after Nelson appointed him to the position during the blockade of Toulon.

    The British blockaded the port, intending to draw out the French fleet. But the French, under Admiral Villeneuve, gave the British the slip and escaped through the Strait of Gibraltar – heading west to the Caribbean.

    Nelson took several ships (including the Swiftsure) and set off in hot pursuit. On June 4, 1805, the British fleet arrived into Barbados. Nelson had received word from the governor of St Lucia that the French had gone to Trinidad and Tobago. He picked up troops from Barbados, intending to smash the French. But on June 9 he learned the information was incorrect. The French fleet had actually gone north to Martinique. There they'd captured a strategic sea fort (Diamond Rock) and headed home.

    Dejected, Nelson ordered the fleet to return to Europe. They dropped the extra troops at Antigua on June 13.

    But this 6.5 x 8 inch letter dates to June 4-9, when Nelson still believes he's on the tail of the French fleet. He orders Rutherford to give troops the full complement of food and provisions, to steel them for the battle ahead.

    The letter is likely written by a secretary and reads: “…any distinction in victualling them would under the present circumstances be in my opinion very improper, it is my intention as we may soon be in Battle with the Enemy and the stay of the troops on board cannot be many days, that they shall be victualled the same as the respective ships companies.

    “It is therefore my direction that you cause the troops who may be embarked from Barbadoes onboard his majesty’s ship under your command to be victualled at full allowance of all species of provisions the same as your ships company during their continuance on board.”

    Below Napoleon signs “Nelson & Bronte”.

    Spanish King Ferdinand III appointed Nelson First Duke of Bronte in 1799, in thanks for his help in subduing a rebellion in Naples. Nelson was proud of his new title and incorporated it into his signature. He tried out a few different ways of writing it (including "Bronte Nelson of the Nile”) before settling on the current form. He changed his autograph often throughout his life. This is the last variant he used.

    The present example is clear and fine. Its connection to a key moment in British naval history provides enhanced appeal.

    The flight of Admiral Villeneuve was the last major naval action before the Battle of Trafalgar. After arriving back to the UK in August, Nelson was hailed the saviour of the British colonies in the Caribbean.

    On September 2, he was told the French and Spanish had combined fleets at Cadiz. So began the Battle of Trafalgar.

    The Swiftsure would play a decisive role at Trafalgar, taking on four French ships and dealing the final blow to the Achille. After the battle it attempted to tow the Redoubtable, the French ship from whence Nelson’s fatal shot came, but cut it free when it started to sink.

    Rutherford was a fascinating character and the only American-born commander at Trafalgar.

    Born in North Carolina to loyalist parents, who fled to the Caribbean at the outbreak of the American Revolution, he rose quickly through the ranks of the British Navy – taking his first command post in 1794.

    Nelson’s signature is in high demand, with letters relating to his naval career particularly sought after. This is a particularly important specimen, directly connected with the last manoeuvres before the Battle of Trafalgar.   

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  • Apollo 11 signed photo
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    Apollo 11 signed photo

    £9,950.00

    • A 4 x 6 inch Apollo 11 crew signed autograph
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    A fantastic, full length, colour postcard photograph (approximately 4 x 6 inches) of the astronaut 'Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr' walking on the surface of the moon near a leg of the Lunar Module during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on July 20, 1969. 

    The piece includes an 'Apollo 8' stamp and a black Houston, Texas stamp date 'July 20, 1969'. 

    The piece is signed across the lower right portion of the image in bold blue felt pen ink by Neil Armstrong, signed and dedicated across the bottom white margin in bold black felt pen ink 'To Walter Hopferwieser, We came in peace for all mankind, Buzz Aldrin', and signed across the bottom white margin in bold black felt pen ink by Michael Collins. 

    A superb image taken by the Commander 'Neil A. Armstrong' with a 70mm lunar surface camera. With a surface crease to the top left corner which does not affect the signatures. Mounted, framed and glazed.

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  • Great Britain 1882 £5 Orange (Plate 1), Unmounted Mint SG137
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    Great Britain 1882 £5 Orange (Plate 1), Unmounted Mint SG137

    £14,500.00

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    Great Britain 1882 £5 Orange (Plate 1) On White Paper, SG137. A superb, well centred unmounted mint example with lovely vibrant colour, lettered “AC”.

    Exceptional quality rare example with full original gum. 

    Most attractive example of one of the most iconic and desired stamps in GB philately, rarely seen in such pristine condition. 

    Sold with the prestigious and world respected Diena certificate of authenticity.

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  • Great Britain 1884 5s. Rose, Mint SG176
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    Great Britain 1884 5s. Rose, Mint SG176

    £15,000.00

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    Great Britain 1884 5 shilling Rose on Blued Paper, SG176. A superb mint example. A Very Rare Stamp. SG catalogue price is £18,000. Accompanied by certificates of authenticity from the British Philatelic Association (BPA) and David Brandon.

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  • Malaya Japanese Occupation Postage Due 1942 (23 Apr), SGJD14
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    Malaya Japanese Occupation Postage Due 1942 (23 Apr), SGJD14

    £2,500.00

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    Malaya Japanese Occupation Postage Due. 1942 (23 Apr) Malacca 10c yellow-orange, type 10 seal, block of 4, very fine cancelled to order with central strike of Malacca type D26 circular date stamp, dated '7 29 2602'. Attractive and rare (WHB).

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  • New Zealand 1931-40 Postal Fiscal

    New Zealand Postal Fiscal. 1931-40 "Arms" 35s orange-yellow, watermark 43, "Wiggins Teape" paper, unmounted mint with original gum, SGF181.

    An exceptional quality example of this key rarity.

    Accompanied with a British Philatelic Association (BPA) certificate of authenticity (2002).

    The SG catalogue price is £8,000.

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  • Picasso signed lithograph
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    Picasso signed lithograph

    £11,000.00

    Spanish artist (1881-1973), Picasso is considered one of the forefathers of Modern Art. Although more commonly known for his Cubist body of work, in later life Picasso focussed more intensely on the graphic arts. He produced simplified, colourful drawings using basic materials such as crayon and pencil. 

    We have a high quality colour lithograph of "Clown et acrobat" (1954), printed on Arches paper. Signed "Picasso" in pencil to the lower border and numbered 42 from a limited edition of 75, published by Verve Editions, with their embossed blind stamp. 

    The print measures 240 x 318mm and is unframed. In excellent condition.

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  • South Africa 1987 40c Word of God complete sheet
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    South Africa 1987 40c Word of God complete sheet

    £9,750.00

     

    1987 40c (19 Nov) 'The Word of God' in Greek and Hebrew, complete sheet of 25 (5x5) with control numbers in upper right corner, unmounted original gum.

    The unissued stamp which was withdrawn before issue because of religious objections, although examples are known to have been sold to the public at some smaller post offices (see footnote after SG 628).

    Very rare as an intact sheet.

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item with a catalogue value of £13,500+