Meet Us at the York Stamp Fair, July 17th-18th 2015

York Racecourse

Our philatelist Ricky Verra will be at the York Racecourse Stamp and Coin Fair on July 17th-18th at our regular position on stand 12 (see map adjacent).

For more information including directions, please see the official website.

If you are thinking of selling your stamp collection at auction in the near or distant future, then he would be delighted to talk to you to answer any questions or offer advice.

Ricky has attended this show twice a year for the past 5 years and will continue to do so. So should you wish to take advantage of the many benefits of offering your collection with David Feldman SA in Geneva, then he will be on hand when you are ready.

For those thinking of sooner rather than later, we will have part 2 of the “Tatiana” collection of British Empire in December. Part 1 last month produced astonishing results, smashing any preconceptions that London is the only place to offer this material. We will even be holding the auction in British Sterling, so there’s no conversion rate to worry about.

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Outstanding results for our Summer auction

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David Feldman SA Summer Auction – June 22 to 25, 2015
 
Four intensive auction days, over 800 bidders, over 2,800 lots sold and over CHF 5 Million in sales achieved for our vendors
The first two days of our auction week were dedicated to All World with a very strong selection of France & Colonies. The quality of the stamps, covers and extensive selection of fresh collections and estates has again attracted the interest of collectors and dealers from all over the world. “When you can combine exceptional items with fresh collections you should get great results! The French classic philately is strong!” said Gaël Caron, our French specialist.
 
The second part of the sale, on June 24 and 25, presented a wonderful catalogue of British Empire and notably the first part of the Tatiana Collection. These two long days were particularly intense with bidding battles on so many exceptional lots. Clients participating via our online bidding system, those bidding via telephone and of course our valued and resilient room bidders were quick to understand that this was no ordinary auction and were able to keep pace and react to the intense competition for this collection – indeed, for our subsequent auction in December, we can only recommend that our clients bidding via mail also investigate alternate live bidding methods to ensure that they do not come away empty handed.
 
The most exciting moment of the auction came from the offering of the Victoria revenue stamps –- the series of three stamps of £25, £50 and £100 which realised a grand total of £192,000. Such was their rarity, they were as yet unpriced by Stanley Gibbons – a fact that the SG catalogue editor is sure to rectify in their next edition! Other standout areas that attracted considerable interest were the wonderful array of stamps from colonies like Basutoland and Bermuda, through New Guinea and New Zealand, to Nauru, Nyasaland and Southern Rhodesia. 
We therefore have great expectations for the second part of the Tatiana collection which present yet more mint stamps from other colonies.
These outstanding results show that the team at David Feldman can be relied upon to bring fresh and amazing stamp collections to the market, and attain leading prices for the consignors that have entrusted us with exceptional items. If you wish to benefit from our proven access to international markets, the coming months could be an opportune time to consign for our next auction. Contact us today ! 
 
Below is a selection of some of the standout results:

 

Auction Catalogue - All World and collections - June 2015

Lot 50277 
Estimate: £4,000
Sold for £48,000 (incl. buyers premium)
 
1886-96 Stamp Duty £25 yellow-green perf.12 1/2 recess printed wmk.33, mint og with complete selvedge, very fine and extremely rare especially with original gum (SG unpriced)

Auction Catalogue - All World and collections - June 2015

Lot 50278
Estimate: £7,000
Sold for £48,000 (incl. buyers premium)
 
1886-96 Stamp Duty £50 black-violet wmk.33 perf.12 1/2 recess printed wmk.33, mint og with complete selvedge, very fine and extremely rare especially with original gum (SG unpriced)

Auction Catalogue - All World and collections - June 2015

Lot 50279 
Estimate: £7,000
Sold for £96,000 (incl. buyer’s premium)
 
1886-96 Stamp Duty £100 crimson perf.12 1/2 upright wmk.33, mint og with only corner of selvedge missing, very fine and extremely rare especially with original gum, with Kellow stating that only one unused example was known in private hands (SG unpriced)

Auction Catalogue - All World and collections - June 2015

Lot 50856 
Estimate: £7,000
Sold for £28,800 (incl. buyers premium)
 
1933 Centenary 1/2d to £1 complete set of twelve in mint nh bottom imprint sheet marginal blocks of four, stunningly fresh and fine for the most popular of all British Empire series, a showpiece set (48)
Auction Catalogue - All World and collections - June 2015
Lot 51137 

Estimate: £15,000

Sold for £38,400 (incl. buyers premium)
 
1922-27 Script CA £25 black and red, on chalk-surface paper, mint nh with top control number “1” in sheet marginal single (selvedge has subsequently been separated from the stamp), hinge in margin only, extremely fresh, very fine for the important an popular rarity of George V, showpiece
Auction Catalogue - All World and collections - June 2015
Lot 51138 

Estimate: £24,000

Sold for £56,400 (incl. buyers premium)
 
1922-27 Wmk Script CA £50 black and brown, on chalk-surface paper, mint nh with top control number “1” in sheet marginal single, hinge in margin only, extremely fresh, very fine for the important an popular rarity of George V, showpiece
Auction Catalogue - All World and collections - June 2015
Lot 51110
Estimate: 15,000
Sold for 28,800 (incl. buyers premium)
 
1912-21 Wmk Multiple Crown CA 500r green and red on green, on chalk-surface paper, mint single, slight hinge remnant, extremely fresh & very fine for this important rarity
Auction Catalogue - All World and collections - June 2015
Lot 50768
Estimate: 8,000
Sold for 24,800 (incl. buyers premium)
 
1912-25 Wmk Multiple Crown CA 1000r purple on red, mint, top left corner marginal with plate number “1” in purple, part original gum disturbed, superb appearance and an extremely rare British Empire high value showpiece

Auction Viewing in London

Adam House

On June 18th and 19th, we will be taking all the single lots and selected large lots from our British Empire auction for a special viewing in London, at Adam House, 7-10 Adam Street, The Strand.

Held in the Bacchus room, we will be able to accommodate up to 10 viewers at a time between 9am and 5pm. All those wishing to attend are recommended to bring their own catalogue as we will have few to offer at the viewing.

The British Empire auction featuring the Tatiana collection will be offered on June 24th and 25th. With over 1’900 lots it is the largest offering of British Empire we have had the pleasure to offer since our auction of the David Melat collection in 1986.

We hope to see you there.

The “Primitives“: USA Postmaster Provisionals

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The Unique “Blue Boy”

Alexandria, VA Provisional Issue

Postmaster Daniel Bryan

Sometime around 1846 (date of the earliest known use of the Alexandrias), postmaster Daniel Bryan (who held that office from 1821 to 1853) was responsible for a typeset issue of 5 cent adhesives in two types, and printed on buff and on blue papers. Of the buff papers, two covers are known with Type I and three with Type II. The only blue paper stamp, the famous “Blue Boy” cover, bears Type I. In addition, there is one Type I on Buff off cover (and one of the Type IIs was separated from its cover).

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Europhilex London 2015 Report

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Last week saw the largest stamp exhibition in the United Kingdom since 2010, and it was clear to all who attended what an unmitigated success it was. With reports that the attendance was over 15’000 people, I have an excuse for not doing my usual daily updates for this International Exhibition! People came from all over the world, with many familiar faces including some who had known David and Marcus for over 30 years, and plenty who we met for the first time.

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Research: A Smart Thing to Do

Research

Philatelic collecting is a large spectrum. It begins with a simple accumulation (“Things I Like” or “Stamps from the Mail”), then a targeted accumulation (“World Classic Covers” or “Ships on Stamps”), progressing to a one-of-a-kind collection, then a specialised collection. Finally, many collectors make the leap to preparing philatelic exhibits, from the local level all the way to the international (F.I.P.) level, where the Grand Prix is the ultimate challenge.

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The “Bombay” Cover – an Aristocrat of Philately

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The “Primitives”: Mauritius “Post Office”

The “Bombay” Cover – an Aristocrat of Philately

There are only six covers recorded with the first, “POST OFFICE” issue, printed one at a time from a small plate of two subjects, one a 1d value, in vermilion, the other a 2d, in blue. Three of the covers are single frankings of the 1d value; one is in the British Library (Tapling Collection), another in the Royal Collection (since 1904). The third, known as the “Ball Envelope,” is ex Kanai, and was sold by this firm in the last decade.

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The “Primitives”: Mauritius “Post Office”

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An Overview

Issued in September 1847, this issue holds the distinction of being the first government issue of any British Colony (the famous “Lady McLeod” of Trinidad, issued earlier in April 1847, was a private issue tolerated but not authorised by the government). The issue was also only the fifth to be issued world-wide !

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AMAZING DISCOVERY: The Mauritius “Post Office” Plate

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The copper printing plate for the famous 1847 “POST OFFICE” 1d and 2d stamps has been found after 80 years and will be displayed at LONDON 2015, EUROPHILEX which will be held at the Business Design Centre, London N1 from 13 – 16 May 2015.

The Mauritius “POST OFFICE” stamps were the first colonial issues of the British Empire and rank among the world’s greatest and most sought-after rarities.

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Collectibles for Conservation

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Daniel Mirecki is one of David Feldman’s Agents in Europe who helps us source material for our auctions. However stamps aren’t his only passion; he is also an avid birdwatcher. He has now combined both of his interests by teaming up with BirdLife International to help raise money to protect endangered bird species. Below is an article by Jim Lawrence, the BirdLife Global Programme Development Manger, to explain how you can help.

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