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All Stamps Great and Small

All Stamps Great and Small

Last month we had a little interlude from our usual legendary collector series and although we said we’d return henceforth and unveil the intrepid J Harvey Pirie in this episode, we are in fact taking a small detour to introduce you to a great philatelic star from the...
The Untold Auction Stories

The Untold Auction Stories

There are times when a story doesn’t really need telling, it speaks for itself. And to a certain extent that is the case with our June Spring 2021 auction series, which successfully concluded just over a week ago, and this article could quite easily be distilled into...
A High Cover

A High Cover

In the northeastern Shandong province of the People’s Republic of China there is a coastal city called Yantai, which during the Qing dynasty (1644 to 1912) was known as Chefoo. What’s really fascinating about this fishing seaport is that back in the 1870s, when...
A Unique Peruvian Export

A Unique Peruvian Export

No philatelists ever wants to draw a connection between bird excrement and a rare 1858 Peru cover franked with a ‘Medio Peso’ error of colour, estimated at 20-30’000 EUR (lot 61683). However, the fact is without ‘guano’ which is the accumulated waste from seabirds and...
The Mighty Maltese Cross

The Mighty Maltese Cross

To many people, a tree is a tree. However, if you’re a botanist then there is a bit more to it than that. For starters, trees are perennial plants with a trunk, branches and leaves and there are around 100,000 different species, and even if you select just one of...