New “rarity of the world” discovery

St. Christopher 1888 “ONE PENNY.” stamp surcharge on 2½ d ultramarine One of the highlights of our upcoming June GB & British Empire auction will be the St. Christopher 1888 “ONE PENNY.” surcharge on 2 1/2d ultramarine with original value unobliterated. Catalogued...
Jubilee Auction Results – France & Europe

Jubilee Auction Results – France & Europe

Our Jubilee Auction Series continued on Wednesday 6th December with the French Levant Collection of David Franco, the traditional France & Colonies auction, and the first part of the auction of European stamps, covers and collections. More than 1,000 lots were...
The “Primitives“: USA Postmaster Provisionals

The “Primitives“: USA Postmaster Provisionals

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...
Research: A Smart Thing to Do

Research: A Smart Thing to Do

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...