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.
For us, the show began the day before the official opening, with Alex and Estelle arriving early to set up the specially prepared display for the newly re-discovered Mauritius “Post Office” printing plate. We are very grateful to David Beech and Bill Hedley for their time and effort, as well as the Royal Philatelic Society of London and Chris Harman for the loan of several key items which further added to this fascinating story. The display included the famous “Bombay” cover, several reprints from the original plate made between 1910 and 1930, original correspondence between the then owner Maurice Burrus and the RPSL about the plate, and the original printing plates of the “Post Paid” issue. Interest in the display was understandably high, and we managed to sell out all the books we had published that we managed to take with us, as well as give away all the “Post Office plate” chocolates that the Burrus family had made especially.
At our stand, myself and Tony Banwell were on hand for clients wishing to view our offering of Private Treaty. With over CHF 6’000’000 of material, this is the largest we have had to offer for many a year. Already many items have sold, and we look forward to offering more material in time for the next International Exhibition in Singapore in August. If you have any items you would like to sell via this method then do contact us. Demand is strong.
The exhibits on display were particularly strong with no fewer than 38 Large Gold medals awarded. The Grand Prix (Best in Show) was awarded at a ceremony at the Guildhall in the City of London to Jamie Gough for his collection “The UPU and Its Impact on Global Postal Services”. The Grand Prix National was awarded to Alan Holyoake for his “Secured Delivery Leading to the Introduction of UK Registration of Internal, External and Transit of Mail 1450-1852”. The festivities continued with an elegant dinner in the Crypts. Thankfully the speeches were brief and often amusing! Special mention goes to Patrick Maselis for his Toast to Philately.
Due to a lack of free time, I was unable to enjoy as many of the exhibits as I would have liked to. Perhaps for the first time ever, I think that the show could have even gone on for another day, such was the constant stream of people and the general buzz around the Business Design Centre in Islington. I did manage to see “an old friend” in the Monaco Club exhibition; the Swedish Treskiling Yellow; and for the first time I saw the famous GB “Black and Blue” Transatlantic Mulready.
All in all, the biggest indicator for some time that our hobby is in a strong state of health. Congratulations to all the organisers and volunteers more making Europhilex such an event for collectors and dealers alike.